Trestles train Trestles Beach attracts surfers from all over the world to experience the perfect wave. Trestles are named after the railroad bridge over San Mateo Creek near the entrance to the beach. The 3½-mile-long beach consists of five separate surf breaks: Cotton, Uppers, Middles, Lowers, and Church To get to Trestles, you will have to walk about a mile from the parking lot down a winding paved trail. The path and the beach are posted no dogs so you will have to leave your…Continue Reading “Trestles train”

Royal Terns dancing on the beach at Trestles   The royal tern (Thalasseus maximus) is a tern in the family Laridae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek Thalasseus, “fisherman”, from thalassa, “sea”. The specific maximus is Latin for ‘”greatest”. This bird has two distinctive subspecies: T. m. maximus which lives on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the North and South America, and the slightly smaller T. m. albididorsalis lives on the coast of West Africa. The royal tern has a red-orange bill and a black cap during the breeding season, but in the winter the cap becomes patchy. The royal tern…Continue Reading “Royal Terns dancing on the beach”

You can stand with one foot in Orange County and the other foot in San Diego County on the beach! It’s a fun nature-filled walk to the beach. Entertaining for the kids to watch the trains go by. Off-season it was pretty quiet on the beach. Great views of Dana Point Headlands and the San Clemente coastline looking north. See the infamous San Onofre power plant and views of north San Diego to the south. San Mateo Creek provides more wildlife viewing. We liked walking…Continue Reading “Trestles – the Yosemite of surfing”

Trestles Beach is the northernmost part of San Onofre State Beach and of San Diego County, but access is from San Clemente in Orange County. Surfers know this area near San Mateo Point as Uppers, Lowers, and Middles for the different surf spots near the train trestle the beach is named after. Unfortunately this surf area is fraught with localism which can be seen in the various spray-painted warnings along the path to the beach. Under the trestle at the beach San Mateo Creek stagnates…Continue Reading “Trestles beach”

Rancho San Clemente – trail view 3   This was taken during my morning run on the Rancho San Clemente trail…there is a lot of smoke from a nearby wildfires that started at Camp Pendelton on the other side of the ridge. Unfortunately wildfires are now a fact of life in CA… Everyday I thankful for the men and women fighting these fires daily #CalFire

San Clemente blossoms This was taken during a recent trail run in San Clemente in southern California…Everywhere you look you will see unbelievable colorful flowers and plants, that thrive in the “almost perfect climate”  

SoCal Sunset Fall 2017 The sunsets most days are spectacular in Southern California…the weather and temperature is unbeatable… …and the beaches aren’t so bad either Southern California is famous for its year-round sunny weather, celeb-spotting ops, and, of course, miles and miles of incredible beaches. From Malibu to San Diego, here are the best California beaches to soak up the sun, splash in the waves and make all your California dreamin’ come true. http://www.islands.com/best-beaches-in-southern-california

Almost Paradise… San Clemente residents often think of their town as paradise—where the 1920’s vision of a Spanish Village by the Sea still lingers, the sun shines 342 days a year and the conveniences of metropolitan Southern California are balanced by fresh ocean air and beaches untouched by time. Just 75 years ago, most of the coastal land between Los Angeles and San Diego was no more than barren rolling hills covered with mustard and sagebrush. San Clemente was no exception.   People love the…Continue Reading “San Clemente CA”

SoCal beaches San Clemente Pier Beach is the main city beach of San Clemente, California. The beach is a wide sandy spot on both sides of the pier between T-Street Beach and Linda Lane Beach. Although the railroad tracks run right behind the beach, it is a nice setting with palm trees and grassy areas near the pier entrance. A large parking area at Parque del Mar City Park provides access to San Clemente Pier, the beach, and many shops and restaurants. Street parking is available when the…Continue Reading “SoCal beaches”