A big change of pace this week, a hike along the beach. This hike actually had three distinct sections – Ormond Beach, Bubbling Springs Recreation Greenbelt, and Port Hueneme Beach – a total of about nine miles. The area has a ‘blue collar’ beach feel, being right between Point Mugu Naval Station and Port Hueneme Harbor, the only deep sea harbor between San Pedro and San Francisco. The industrial aspects turned me off at first but the area grew on me as the day wore on. Different and enjoyable.
Photo 1 – Long-Billed Curlew
After a couple of miles I was close to the pier.
There are numerous plaques on the trail. This one is part of a memorial site for the victims of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which went down eight miles off the coast. A dolphin sundial completes the Flight 261 memorial.
The park-like area near the pier.
On the pier. Photo 4 shows Ancapa and Santa Cruz Islands
There were several people fishing off the pier. One reeled in a shovelnose shark.
The birds love it!
Very excited dog wants to play with the ducks
As I got further from the beach the greenbelt it begian to lose its charm. There is less shade and the area just becomes less attractive. I turned around at Pleasant Valley Road. My advice would be to turn around at Port Hueneme Road.
I crossed under the pier and then kept heading up the beach.
My last stop was Port Hueneme Lighthouse. The road leading to it is protected from the surf by these boulders. Feral cats find shelter in the spaces in-between.
The jetty near the lighthouse
Photo 1 – The jetty across the harbor Photo 2 – Standing out on the jetty and looking back at the beaches and mountains.
Heading back down the beach to my car.
On the drive home – the Great Sand Dune – Point Mugu State Park.