Hi everybody, it has only been three weeks since the stay-at-home order went into effect BUT it is already toooooo long for a lot of us. So, you know how it is when you are told you can't do something and then of course you want to do that something even if it is not something you typically or ever do? For me it is going to the ocean, which for me is a typical thing to do and now we are not supposed to go, the beaches are all closed.
I had cabin fever and was determined to go to the beach and just sit in or by my car along the road and watch the ocean, read my book and be near the ocean. So, I went. Driving through Malibu Canyon all the trail heads and park entrances were blocked off and there were sheriff's cars parked close the entrances.
I got to PCH and turned north. I thought I would park across from Malibu Seafood and take in the awesomeness of the ocean. Got to Malibu Seafood and found it was closed and the shoulder of PCH both across from the restaurant and all the way to Ventura County line was posted no parking with barricades. WOW. I wasn't even going to get out of my car and go down onto the sand.
I passed County line and the HWY on both sides at Neptune's net was packed with cars letting me know there were tons of people down on the beach and surfers in the water. I kept driving and got to Sycamore Cyn Campground, closed but good enough for a u-turn to start heading south on the ocean side of PCH. Found a great place to park with a few other cars. he ocean was crashing on the rocks below me about 50 feet, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. I put my chair next to the car and got out my book. I was in heaven. Went home after a couple of hours relaxed and refreshed and had a nice cup of tea.
On the way home I was driving past the No Parking on PCH and found that all the NO Parking was being totally ignored and all those spaces were filled with cars. Most people standing or sitting by their car but still.
THEN the next day I read an article from the top Atmospheric Scientist at Scripps. She talked about the risk of the virus being in the ocean water and on the air above the ocean. She said it is such a lightweight molecule and because it is transmitted through the air and droplets there is a huge risk for it to be at or in the ocean. She said untreated sewage from the Tijuana river enters the ocean in San Diego and other places and the virus contaminants are in the sewage.
So, there I was breathing deep that delicious salty air and WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. The surfers were sitting in it and probably swallowing some when they fell off their boards. I guess the beach is truly out until this thing is over. Bummer!!!! I guess I need to just ‘suck it up buttercup!’