Tag Archives: Pacific Ocean

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

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

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’

The Wedge

NEWPORT BEACH – BALBOA PENINSULA

Activity: Beach Stroll, Checking out the Waves

The Wedge is an iconic OC landmark. It’s as infamous as it is legendary. It is a right of passage. If you are young, adventurous, and a little bit spun then on a big day at the Wedge you can lay it all on the line. With the right swell it can get big and when the back lash, generated by the steep beach and the Newport Harbor Entrance rock jetty, hits the face there’s an explosion, jetting the wave up two or three times it’s height! On those big days the Wedge is big news, and attracts a crowd. The Ewwws, the awwws, the OMGs! To take on the big tubes you have to commit, and you will have to throw all caution to the wind. But be forewarned, it is a big, strong, powerful wave and it can mess you up.

I have been to the Wedge on a big day as a young dumb kid and it is crazy. Rag dolled, slammed in the sand, and held under is all part of the experience. I have been there and taken pictures on a big day, but I am not sure where those pictures are so I will link to a little video so you can see from the internet the Wedge when it is going off.

The day of my beach stroll it was not epic, but you can see a bit of what the Wedge does, and it is always a nice walk down a big broad beach checking out the sea, the sand, the wind, and the waves.

The Newport Beach Balboa Peninsula has everything from the cutest, most stylish beach bungalows to mansions and they are all gorgeous. It is fun to watch the boats as they head in and out of the Newport Harbor Entrance. Just across the entrance is Corona Del Mar another wonderful beach.

My beach hike went from the Wedge to the Balboa Pier and back super fun.

Surfs Up Gotta’ Go! 
By Roger Jenkins

There’s like some gnarly waves out there today, ya’ know. 

It’s like a totally awesome line up with killer overhead barrels rolling in.   

Picture this, late take off, down the face, bottom turn, off the lip, the tube cover up, dude you are so happening!  

Righteous man...

Click here to see what the Wedge can look like on an Epic Day. Video Footage filmed by Brent Weldon.

Balboa Pier
“Beach Rules: Soak up the sun. Ride the waves. Breathe the salty air. Feel the breeze. Build sandcastles. Rest, relax, reflect. Collect seashells. Bare-feet required.”

This has been another episode of ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ OC Beaches. For more stay tuned. If you are interested in hiking, backpacking and just good around adventure fun then go to the menu above there are lots of adventures and lots of different areas (All are individual sites and thus need to be followed individually.) If you need beach/hiking/casual togs then go to SHOP APPAREL. How do you stay tuned? Well, I am glad you asked please FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE.

Life’s a Beach,

Roger Jenkins, ’Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’

Seal Beach

Activity: Beach Stroll

Date: 1-27-20

Seal Beach is the most northerly beach in Orange County, just south of Long Beach, which is LA County. To it’s south is Sunset Beach and the entrance to Huntington Harbor. The Navy has a ship docked there which is part of the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

Seal Beach is a quaint neighborhood beach quieter and less crowded than other Orange County Beaches, such as famed Huntington Beach to the South. Like many OC Beaches it boasts a broad beach where there is plenty of fun in the sun in it’s compact mile and a half of golden sand. The moderate surf, it’s broad beach along with perfect Summer Breeze makes Seal Beach a favorite for Kite-sailors, and Windsurfers.

Main Street in lined with fun little shops, restaurants, and bars that are kick back and down to earth. Main Street leads right to the Seal Beach Pier, which is the second longest wooden pier in California. The longest being Oceanside in San Diego County. It was built in the 1900’s and rebuilt in the 1980’s when it and other Southern California piers suffered severe storm damage. The Seal Beach Pier is great for strolling, sight seeing, and fishing.

Seal Beach is certainly a nice place to relax and enjoy California.

“My sense of direction leads me one way: to the beach.“

Thanks for joining me at Seal Beach, a wonderful place to be taking a load off and relaxing while ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’. For more OC Beaches please FOLLOW, LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE.

Life’s a Beach!

Roger Jenkins, Pursing Balance Through Adventure

Crescent Bay Beach

Crescent Bay Beach ’Pursuing Balance Thru Adventure

Laguna Beach, California

Activity: Beach’n it: Sun, Fun, & Surf

Date: 7-20-19

Laguna Beach has a lot of little coves and beaches it’s not all about Main Beach.  There is much more to explore and enjoy.  Crescent Bay Beach feels like a little neighborhood beach.  It has sort of a private beach feel.  It is beautiful, rocky outcropping on both sides, nice (expensive) homes overlooking the beach.  There are tide pools if you are there at the right time.  Besides that you have swimmers, boogie boarders, sun bathers, the occasional surfer, in other words beach goers

To the North on the cliff above is Crescent Bay Point Park, and to the South is Shaw’s Cove.  You can’t go wrong in Laguna the beaches and coves are all fantastic.

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“For her ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself, and when she returned to the city you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt on her lips.” -Jose Chavez

The day I was there the surf was high and the couple lifeguards were busy keeping a eye on the surf, the swimmers, and the rip tide.

You can have a bird’s eye view of Crescent Bay Beach from the Crescent Bay Point Park.  But you cannot get to the beach from there due to the rugged drop off.

“Beach Rules: Soak up the sun.  Ride the waves.  Breath the salty air.  Feel the breeze.  Build sandcastles.  Rest, relax, reflect.  Collect seashells.  Bare-feet required.” Crescent Bay Beach is a great beach loved it!

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Life’s a Beach-

Roger Jenkins, ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’

Moss Point

Laguna Beach, California

Activity: Exploring, rock scrambling

Date: June 24, 2019

Laguna Beach is a very special place so much to do, see and enjoy. Lots of fun shops, restaurants and things to do.  But my favorite thing to do is to go to the beach.   Laguna has so many fabulous beaches it is hard to choose which one to explore and that is the fun of it. Another outing, another beach, cove, or tide pool.

Parking in Laguna in the summer is difficult, to say the least, and the city makes a living on parking tickets so you are forewarned.  No matter when you go through town there is always traffic.  So a special tip is to park where you can and then take the free Trolley.

The Trolley is fun, open air, has lots of pickup spots, and did I mention FREE?

We parked North of famous Hessler Park, which by the way, is one of my favorite places anywhere, walked through part of the park and then took the Trolley through town. The bus drivers, as this is really a bus that looks like a Trolley, are friendly and informative.  We got off at Moss Point.

There is an historic mansion there and a plaque about it really being like the first Western White House, but beyond looking through the gate at how the other half lived not a lot to see.

Once you ramble down the street and take the staircase down you spy a lovely cove with a little beach and a lifeguard stand. There are rocks to the left that we took out to the point. It was a heavy June Gloom marine layer, but even that was delightful.  There is an arch to go through and a wonderful vista looking south with coastline filled with mansions with views that we can experience as well, but from the rocks.

Moss Point- simply delightful, and a good place for snorkeling and scuba.