Beach Survey

Camp Pendleton Travel Blog

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Here's something you don't see every day in Southern California, miles and miles of deserted beaches - 26 miles are used for military training.... That structure is a control tower for the military hovercraft that launch here.
This was pretty cool. Not only was it a project on the beach, but a beach on Camp Pendleton, a huge military base about 50 miles north of San Diego.

The great thing about this beach is that no one goes there. Well, beside an occasional practice beach invasion and the giant attack hovercrafts that cross it once in a while. Pretty much every other beach on the southern coast of California is covered with people. Crowds come down on weekends, tractors scrape off the "bothersome" plants and seaweed each week so that it won't bother people, dogs chase any bird that lands on the sand...

Here, the beach is pretty much intact, like it would have been a hundred years ago. The water gives way to a wide, sandy beach - it's not uncommon to see turtles and seals here, impossible almost anywhere else in the region. Above that are dunes with a whole community of plants found nowhere else in the world. Steep cliffs rise 10 to 50 meters above the beach, pocked with caves full of bats, owls, ravens and other creatures. At the base of the cliffs, water seeps up in the spring, forming muddy red pools with untold creatures living in them.

Needless to say, I'm always happy to work in this little community.
SuperShan1015 says:
Great pictures!
Posted on: Apr 30, 2010
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Beach primrose above the high tide…
Beach primrose above the high tid…
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Little wetlands below the cliffs.…
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Lot's of dead birds today, probab…
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Wildlife managers put out a marke…
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A coastal lagoon at the mouth of …
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Cool cliffs line this section of …
Barn owls nesting in caves in the …
Barn owls nesting in caves in the…
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Doesn't look exciting, but these …
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Tree frog eggs in pool in the dun…
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A really bizarre caterpillar on t…
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Sandstone pinnacles guard the coa…
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photo by: cneoridium