Only in San Diego can a January birthday be celebrated with a trip to the beach! On this sunny Carlsbad day Jared and Destiny joined me for an outing to South Carlsbad State Beach. The kids braved the frigid water in their swim suits. I preferred to wade in rolled up jeans. Here are a few highlights of our beach adventure:
Watching the Waves
Rock Collecting (A few of our favorites came home with us)
Time to Go Home, South Carlsbad State Beach
I often forget how little I need to pack for a trip to the beach. Here is what we brought.
Don't forget the water bottles to wash off sandy feet!
I should have left the chairs at home. With no lifeguards on duty and two active kids, I didn’t get time to sit and read my book. We survived a small tantrum from Jared when he found out he had to leave his baby clam at the beach. ”But he’s an orphan, Mama! ” Jared cried piteously. Still, I wouldn’t have traded a moment of my beach birthday adventure.
The media is starting to recognize the dire straights faced by the California State Park System. This past week, a local reporter came upon my blog and interviewed me for a piece on the California State Park closures. Reading the North County Times article I learned something new. The Colorado Desert District which includes local treasures such as Palomar Mountain State Park and Anza Borrego Desert State Park spends significantly more than it collects in revenue. This may put both parks on the closure list.
Anza Borrego is famous for the wild flowers that bloom in the midst of the desert every spring. Local volunteers in the area come together to greet and assist the large numbers of visitors who flock to Anza Borrego in order to experience this natural wonder. During my parents last visit the line was so long that they were unable to enter the visitor’s center!
I didn’t make the trek to go wildflower hunting last spring, but I was certainly hoping to head out there this year since my little ones are a bit more patient and better travelers. Unfortunately, if Anza Borrego is one of the one hundred parks that will be closed, my children will lose this opportunity to observe a desert spring.
Anza Borrego offers alot more than wild flowers. It is the largest state park in Calfornia and has numerous hiking trails. The website says that visitors may see a wide range of animals including roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, and big horn sheep. If you plan to visit in the spring, check the park’s website for weekly flower updates.
Hope that you are all enjoying your last days of summer. State park closures will be announced after Labor Day. Visit the California State Parks Foundation for updates and action alerts. Also, Knudsen is making a donation for every one of their products purchased before September 6th up to $100,000. Food for thought next time you head to the grocery store.
PS The beautiful pictures in this post were provided my my talented mother and Family Adventure Guidebooks correspondent Lee Gillin. Thanks mom .
PPS I am cheating a wee bit and entering this post in Delicious Baby’s Photo Friday in order to call attention to the potential closure of many of California’s State Parks. To enjoy Debbie’s beautiful pictures of a Japanese Garden in Seattle and more great travel posts from around the world click here.
Beach Cleanup, South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, Ca
Let me introduce you to my soul place here in Carlsbad. South Carlsbad State Beach is the site of many wonderful family memories. This is where Justin learned to boogie board, and Ken learned to surf. When we first arrived at this beach three years ago, Destiny was too timid to get anywhere near the water. Now, on a good day, she’ll splash and be dragged along on a boogie board.
It’s where we bring our dear friends from Santa Cruz when they come to visit. All the Northern California folk savor the warm water. We break out the boogie boards and teach the kids to ride the waves.
On summer evenings our family heads down to the South Carlsbad State Beach to picnic and watch the sunset. Every anniversary Ken and I head to the beach for burritos and boogie boarding until the sun goes down.
This beach is special to our family. It is our beach and we care for it by packing our own trash and sometimes other people’s. Twice a year we join our fellow Cub Scouts in a huge beach cleanup. Happily so many people treasure this beach, that there is usually not much trash to find.
Exploring the Logs, South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, Ca
All this may be changing at the end of the summer. Due to budget cuts, South Carlsbad and many other state beaches and state parks are on a closure list . Such closures be devastating on a personal level for the citizens of Carlsbad and other local communities. It will also have a significant impact on tourism. According to a recent Sacramento State study California State Parks generates $300 million dollars in California sales tax for “park related expenditures”.
The budget crisis is very grave here in California. The Governor and Legislature have tough decisions to make that will have a significant impact on health, human services, and education. Although State Parks are very important to me and my family, I feel somewhat guilty advocating for them, when there is so much need elsewhere. Recently , however, I read a great idea from the California State Parks Foundation that would free up some money in the budget, keep the parks open, and even promote in state tourism. Last spring, in the midst of the last round of budget battles the foundation proposed the implementation of a California State Access Pass program. In exchange for a $10 fee on the California vehicle tax, all vehicles with valid California license plates would receive free admission and parking at most California State Parks. The fee would raise $282 million for the State Parks and the current allocation for the parks in the budget would be returned to the General Fund for the next four years in order to assist the State of California in resolving other budget concerns.
E-mailed my City Council to express my concern regarding this issue and educate them about the California State Park Access Pass proposal.
Planned to participate in Save Our State Parks Weekend. We will head to Carlsbad State Beach on or before the weekend of June 20th and take pictures/ film a Flip video of my family holding the Save Our State Parks sign. I’ll upload the pictures to the CSPF as well as my blog.
I am also starting a regular feature on my blog to raise awareness entitled State Park Sundays. Every Sunday I hope to feature a profile of a different California State Park. It’s a big project and I would love some help. Spread the word about State Park Sundays. I also welcome guest blogs about your favorite California State Park. Let’s make sure that Californians appreciate the treasure that they have before its gone.
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Bridget Smith, mom of three, loves to blog about everyday adventures. Her mission is to change the world; one kid, one destination, one effortless trip, one overworked mom, one frazzled dad... one day at a time! Come and join her.