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Low Tide Beach Walk, February 19, 2023 - Three years had passed since I had joined Ron Bobb and Alice Mestemacher on their annual low-tide beach walk along New Brighton State Beach. Years ago we had started at Rio del Mar and walked north to Capitola, then returned, making for a walk of about five miles. But, today we started at New Brighton Beach proper, walked to Capitola returned, continuing south for some extra distance before returning to our origin.
The beach had been closed recently following severe winter storms, but today most of the debris had been removed from the beach, although the beach at Capitola still held a fair amount of mostly wood debris that had washed down from the mountains.
The walk beneath the cliffs below Park Ave. was easier than I remembered it ever being. It appears that much of the sand from Seacliff and New Brighton Beaches was shifted northward, landing below these cliffs. Today we had beach sand to walk upon the entire way, while before we had to scramble over wet rocks. Some parts of the cliff had collapsed, and an occasional sign would warn visitors not to explore or linger at the base of a cliff.
We turned around half-way to Seacliff Beach less from fatigue and more because the sun had set. Without the sun's rays the air was turning cold. Upon returning to our cars, we drove over to Dharma's for a hearty dinner before going our separate ways.
It was good to see everyone after a long absence.
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