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Shaw’s Cove

LAGUNA BEACH

Activity: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba, sunbathing, tide pools, beach walk, exploring.

Shaw’s Cove is a striking beautiful spot, with blue-green protected waters. It is a small cove with a sandy beach and rocky tide pools on both ends. Because of the beach’s angle it has rather calm gentle water making it great for snorkeling, or even scuba. This also makes Shaw’s Cove a nice spot for families with little kids, and the access is easy.

The palm strewn cliff at the northern end is the backside of Crescent Bay the neighboring larger cove. The cove to the south is Diver’s Cove, both beautiful and wonderful coves as well.

Spending the day in this gorgeous area is an mild adventure, when your are ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’, but the ocean has such a calming affect that it is sure to bring you to the harmony and tranquility that you seek.

Awww, the salt air, the balmy blue-green sea, the gentle waves lapping at the rocks, and the warm sun drenched beach. I sure love the beach, and if you are a beach lover then you will want to subscribe to this blog by doing these easy to follow directions: FOLLOW, SHARE, LIKE and COMMENT. If you love adventure and nature, and feel the need to rebalance that dial between our crazy existence in this too busy, too stressed, so hectic world we deal with day in and day out- then let’s put a little counter weight on the other side for a change, the side with harmony, peace and tranquility, the side where you souls says awwww… now this is more like it, then go to the menu above. Get off the couch, turn off the news, lay down your tablet, (well, don’t lay it down yet you have to click menu first, lol). The menu is chalk full of ideas and inspiration to get you started in this first month of the new year. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. Next you will need a new outfit for this new year and this undertaking, but don’t worry I got you covered, literally. SHOP APPAREL has the latest and greatest adventure wear and it has your new mantra printed right on it, ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’.

Life’s a Beach-

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Pirate’s Tower

VICTORIA BEACH – LAGUNA, CA

Activity: Beach Stroll, Tide Pools, Tanning, Body Surfing, Skim Boarding, Sight Seeing

Laguna Beach has a treasure trove of beaches, a Treasure Island, sands of gold, and coves that are hidden gems around every point, so it should be no surprise that Laguna Beach has a Pirate’s Tower. This spectacle is found South of Main Beach and North of Treasure Island Beach.

Victoria Beach is a long sandy beach adorned with rocks, and cliffs. It’s not easy to find and parking is very limited, but it is a really nice beach. As far as public beaches go it is a little more private mainly because the parking is hard to come by.

What sets Victoria Beach apart from other great OC Beaches is ‘La Tour’, French for tower. This 60’ spire known by locals as Pirate’s Tower is almost camouflaged due to it matching so well the sandstone cliff it practically adjoins. What is the story behind Laguna’s Mysterious Tower? The house at the top of the cliff along with La Tour were built in 1926 for Senator William Brown. The house is known as Norman House and both the house and the tower are heavily French inspired. The Browns had spent time in France at the end of WW1 and had a love for all things French. The Tower is actually a means for them to get to the beach from their Norman House perched on the cliff above. Near the tower is a mysterious pool made of rock now filled with sand and at high tide, sea water.

Adding to the “shiver me timbers” pirate mystique Senator Brown sold his home and thus the tower in 1940 to an Old Sea Captain, Harold Kendrick. Captain Kendrick had a love for “a Pirate’s Life” yo ho! He would dress the part on occasion and tell tales of the Jolly Roger and swashbuckling scallywags sailing the seven seas to the neighborhood children. The Old Capt sometimes would hide coins among the rocks of the tower for the kiddies.

Ahoy me hearties and much oblige for setting sail with me on this voyage to Pirate’s Tower. One thing I have learned ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ is that not all the treasure is silver and gold, the greatest bounty is natures. Also it’s the voyage not the destination. So follow me along to the next port for more adventure on the high seas by doing a few simple tasks: FOLLOW, COMMENT, LIKE and SHARE. If the high seas is not your cup of rum, then perhaps the High Sierra, the dry desert, or the canyon deep? It’s all in the Cap’n Log (Menu above). If you need a pirate hat like mine walk the plank to SHOP APPAREL.

Cast‘n off ye‘ scurvy dogs-

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

El Portal Beach

SAN CLEMENTE, CA

Activity: Beach Strolling, just enjoying the beach

El Portal Beach in San Clemente is a neighborhood type of beach. There are no parking lots, you would need to find parking in the neighborhood. It is characterized by a long stair case from the neighborhood above and down the slanted, flowering brushy, hillside then over the train tracks or under a little bridge to a narrow beach.

It is a nice stroll down the beach to the San Clemente Pier, however keep in mind when the tide comes in there will be little or no beach left just boulders to keep the sea at bay and limit erosion. So it is a nice beach to hit the waves, do a little surfing, skim boarding, body surfing, or boogie boarding, but as far as sun bathing, or frisbee you will need to time the tide right.

The San Clemente Coastal Trail is about 2.5 miles long and runs along side the tracks. It makes it’s way from the pier to North Beach. There are pay lots on both ends of the trail. The trail supports hikers, runners, bikers and dog walkers.

I have been on the train a couple times and it is incredible to have the type of ocean views that the riders enjoy on their way to San Diego, but I sure wouldn’t want a train going by my expensive beach home all the time, but on the other hand I sure would like to live on the beach again some day, so I am pretty positive it would be a trade off I could except.

A nice local‘s beach or spot for someone wanting to walk the Coastal Trail, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to El Portal Beach, a visitor would be better served at the San Clemente Pier.

Covid-19 put limits on beach activities when I was visiting the beach.

Dana Point off in the distance.
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair. —Zac Brown Band

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Life’s a Beach,

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Pier to Peer

NEWPORT BEACH

Activity: BEACH HIKE

A great way to stay in shape while enjoying the beach is a beach hike. One of my favorites is from the Newport Pier to the Balboa Pier and back, which is about 4 miles round trip.

It is fun to people watch. Everyone reveling in the joy that the beach provides be it sun bathing, shell collecting, playing some volleyball, frisbee, paddleball, whatever that bounce off the mini trampoline ball game is, or the soccer players perfecting their skills. Then of course the water sports of surfing, skim boarding, boggie boarding, body surfing, swimming, or just plain splashing about. Out on the water we have yachting be it sail or power.

Then there is wildlife to enjoy during your beach stroll. Seagulls and their lonely cry, pelicans making the plunge from up high as they do their fishing, sand pipers scurrying back and forth with each wave provide the aerial entertainment. In the water it is possible to see a seal, or perhaps a pod of dolphins. During the season you might get lucky enough to see the spout of a whale.

When you arrive on the pier, you have ‘pier peers’ enjoying the day with a stroll or a brisk walk, fisherman angling for the big catch, folks checking out the surfers, and those on their way to the end of the pier for a burger and a shake.

‘Peering from the pier’ affords a fantastic view of the ocean, the waves, boats, sea life, the mountains, Fashion Island, the shoreline to Dana Point down the beach, and Huntington Beach and Long Beach up the coast, and of course the big bountiful golden sand beach.

What a great way to spend a couple hours or so, to get some exercise, stretch your legs, breath some good ocean air, get some vitamin D, de-stress, reload, and relax.

Either the sun was too bright or the beach just gives me a grin from ear to ear… A nice place to be ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ is Newport Beach with pretty much perfect weather year round, not too hot, not too cold all thanks to that great big beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Please COMMENT, FOLLOW, SHARE, and LIKE. Up above is the menu where you will find places to inspire, each location is a separate website and thus needs to be followed independently. If you like my hat go to SHOP APPAREL and get one for yourself, besides looking great it helps support the PBTA website, and my idea of sharing bold experiences in nature in order to find inner peace and tranquility, also know as ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure ’.

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Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins

Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

Huntington Sunset

Activity: Beach’ it, Beach/Pier Stroll, Sunset Views

January 6, 2020

Huntington Beach and it’s iconic pier are synonymous with Southern California. Even the Los Angeles News Channel shows the HB Pier for their weather report, and Huntington Beach is in Orange County

Huntington Beach is 10 miles of California Dream’n. It is not Beverly Hills on the beach like Newport Beach, it doesn’t have rocky outcropping and flowers like Laguna Beach, it’s doesn’t have the celebrities like Malibu, it doesn’t have the muscle like Venice Beach, nor a Ferris Wheel like Santa Monica- what it does have is big, beautiful broad beaches, that accommodate large crowds and that is exactly what it has for the US Open of Surfing, the Airshow of the Pacific, and the 4th of July Fireworks, along with numerous other events. It seems like there is always something happening at the Huntington Beach Pier.

When I moved to Huntington Beach back in the 80’s I lived right on the sand in the condos next to the pier. What a place for a young man to live. I was blown away to see the best surfers, skim boarders, and skaters I had ever seen. BMX bikers that could make their bikes dance. I thought to myself doesn’t anyone have a job here? In that respect nothing much has changed, it is still a celebration of life and of Beach.

Surf City USA defines the surf culture for the World. Each year the US Open of Surfing has beach goers, and surfing enthusiasts flocking to Huntington’s golden sands to cheer on the best surfers on the planet. HB hosts the biggest surfing event in the world and it’s standing room only during the week long event Finals.

The US Open of Surfing draws about half a million to this the ultimate celebration of beach culture, and it seems every fit dude is there showing off rock hard abs to a host of bodacious beach babes that can really rock a bikini. During the seven day beach party there is a circus like atmosphere that goes hand in hand with the surfing event. There is plenty of action behind the scenes, basically a surf fair on the other side of the grandstands with food, drawings and give always at booths put on by many of the manufacturers of the beach lifestyle, and fun in the sun activities. The best skate boarders, and BMX Bikers are showing off their moves with an arena just for them. There are big screens on the pier and in the surf fair with Live TV feed of the surfing.

At times the event has had the top motorcycle stunt jumpers, major recording acts giving free concerts, and bikini contests. The event had become so big in the mid 80’s that it was impossible to control and things got out of hand resulting in a riot. So at that point they scaled it back.

Besides the surfing there seems like there is always something going on at the pier such as Pro Volleyball, World Championship of Paint Ball, concerts, it is always something.

Blue Angeles Airshow of the Pacific, photo via LAYC
Daughter Marina, “Pursuing Balance Through Adventure” Baseball Cap Ad
“It’s a wonderful metaphor, catching a wave, for how you can look at other challenges in your life.” – Jeff Bridges

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Sunset Beach

CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Activity: Beach Walk, Storm Watching

Date: 4-10-20

Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunset Beach While Corona Virus Closes Surfside Beach

Sunset Beach is a quaint community locals beach. When I first moved to Huntington Beach, living in the condos right on the beach, just adjacent to the famed Huntington Beach Pier, there was a joke that HB was the quintessential, where were the action was, California beach scene and it was for the young and the adventurous and if you settled down and got married, well then you needed to move to Sunset Beach. Indeed Sunset Beach is much more quiet and more of a residential beach where nice beach homes line it’s broad mile and a half long beach.

Sunset Beach is boarder to the North by Surfside Beach, a private gated community that is actually part of the City of Seal Beach, and just beyond that the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. To the South of Sunset Beach is Bolsa Chica State Beach.

On this mid April day storm clouds gathered over Sunset Beach both literally and figuratively. The LA Beaches had all been closed, due to fears of the Corona Virus, but most Orange County Beaches remained open. The OC Beaches were attempting to control the crowds and thus promote “Social Distancing” by closing all piers and all parking lots as well as street metered parking. The reality was most of the time this strategy worked, but on nice weekends near the HB Pier- not so much. HB would later lead the nation in protest to lift the Corona Virus restrictions and get back to work and life as we knew it. So you can see… Storm Clouds gathering…

But on this day my walk along Sunset Beach was, as it always is, relaxing, a stress reliever, and throughly enjoyable. It was made even more interesting by the storm. When you live in SoCal and every day is perfect it is extraordinarily beautiful to see big black storm clouds roll in. I could see in the distance heavy rain to the south of me in the area the HB Pier, but I received only a light misting as I hiked along the beach. There were a few others enjoying the spectacle, but I practically had the beach to myself due to the Corona Virus as well as it being a stormy day with a good chance of a down pour. Some of the people I ran a crossed had on face masks. I was sporting my new fashionable Pursuing Balance Through Adventure Face Gator in an effort to follow requests to cover your face, but not use the medical masks needed for First Responders.

There were surfers out enjoying some tasty waves with some nice little sets with good form rolling in, but otherwise it was me, the beach, and the storm.

After walking Sunset Beach I continued my stroll to include Surfside Beach, which is connected. It is basically the same beach, however this gated community is actually part of the City of Seal Beach. What I discovered on my way back is that the beach was actually closed, as is Seal Beach. Oops… Well there was just one little sign and I was walking along the water’s edge and didn’t see it- sorry. I was not the only one on the beach, but then again there were very few.

Delightful little hike along the beach, and the storm clouds made it unusually special.

Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunset Beach
The Water Tower House is an area landmark. How cool is that place? Talk about your 360 views.
When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused. —Rainer Maria Rilke

Thanks for joining me on another addition of ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ OC Beaches. As far as the Corona Virus, this to shall pass. I am sure we are all in agreement that day cannot come soon enough, and when it does let’s go to the beach. Please COMMENT, FOLLOW, LIKE, and SHARE. Checkout the Menu above for hikes in a variety of locales. You will need to FOLLOW each individually. If you like the apparel pictured in this post then go to SHOP APPAREL which will help offset some of the costs for PBTA.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins, ’Pursing Balance Through Adventure’

Treasure Island Beach & And More

ALISO BEACH – TREASURE ISLAND BEACH – MIDDLE MAN COVE – GOFF COVE- CHRISTMAS COVE

LAGUNA BEACH

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: 9-25-19

Laguna Beach is the Crown Jewel of Southern California Beaches. The most popular Laguna beach is Main Beach right in downtown Laguna Beach, and it is superb, but there are more diamonds along the way and that is exactly what I set out to experience on this day, more diamonds along the way.

Sometimes referred to as the Montage Beach, because it rests below the 5 Star Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, rests some of those diamonds. To get to these jewels there is limited public covered pay parking just adjacent, to the South, of the Montage Resort or a little further south is Aliso Beach Parking.

Coming from the South there is Aliso Beach Park. This is a broad beach with a rocky outcropping at the most southern end. Connecting to Aliso Beach is Treasure Island Beach, they are only separated by a stream, otherwise they are basically the same beach. Great place for all beach activities: strolling, jogging, sun-bathing, swimming, skim boarding, surfing, tide pool exploring, and so forth.

Once you get close to the Montage Resort there are three coves. The first is Middle Man Cove, then Goff Cove, and the most Northerly cove is Christmas Cove. Even though they are close in proximity they each have their own identity. These coves between Treasure Island Beach to the South and Victoria Beach to the North are maintained by the city and the Montage Resort. The bluffs above are breathtakingly beautiful not only because of their abundance of natural beauty, but the glorious enhancements of the landscaping of a 5 Star Luxury Resort. There is also a resort style public washroom maintained by the Montage on the path in front of the resort.

Middle Man Cove is accessed through a natural arch from Treasure Island Beach. There is some climbing over rocks that would be required to go further and that pretty much depends on the tide.

Goff Cove gets it’s name from a rock that protects the cove at the point called Goff Island. It serves as a natural breakwater. Depending on the tide it may or may not actually be an island. There is a stairway that accesses the beach from the walkway above. This is a good spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.

There is a breakwater wall between Goff Cove and Christmas Cove to the North. This is a better area then the other coves for swimming, but as with any beach watch out for high surf or rip currents.

“I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought.”
– Helen Keller
The End

You just gotta’ luv’ the beach! This has been another beach adventure while ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’. We are in search of balancing our busy lives, breathing the sea air, and freeing our soul. The beach can do just that salt on your lips, wind in your hair, and a smile on your face. For more OC beach adventures stay tuned right here. And so as not to get burned you will need the proper equipment see SHOP APPAREL for all you top quality beach ware needs. If you are in search of additional adventures in other places and settings see the menu above for other ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ sister sites, (all of which need to be followed individually). Please, please, please for your own sake COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE, and FOLLOW.