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A San Diego Area Beach To Get Away From It All.

In the San Diego area and looking to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of Southern California? Make the trek over to Coronado Island and then down California State Route 75 to Silver Strand State Beach.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

The beach sits on the narrow strip of land that connects Coronado proper with Imperial Beach. You’ll find beaches on each side of the highway, along both San Diego Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. All of the photos below are from the ocean side.

As you head onto the beach from the main parking area, look to the right down the coast and you’ll see the heart of Coronado and Point Loma off in the distance. The beach is away from town, so you will find it not nearly as busy as nearby Coronado Beach. No hustle-and-bustle here!

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Turn to the left, now heading southward on the white and black sanded beach, and you will see the mountains and hills of Tijuana and Mexico which sits only ten or so miles away.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Starring out into the blue waters of the Pacific, your bound to see a military ship or two off in the distance.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

As you walk the beach who knows what you’ll encounter. Amongst the many bits of seashells, I had my first ever encounter with a sand dollar. They are a frequent sight here. If you look down you might spot some moon snail, cockle and silver oyster shells as well, the last of which is how the beach got its name.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Seaweed, common on a lot of beaches, is on the light side here. This was one of the cleanest and biggest, non-decaying pieces of seaweed I have ever seen.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Tip: To access the San Diego Bay side of the state park and beaches, just park on the Pacific side and take one of the walking tunnels underneath the road. There is no parking available on that side.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

What other beaches around San Diego and in Southern California would you recommend to get away from it all?

Overlooking Two Skylines, Cities and Countries in Autumn.

Back to Belle Isle Park in Detroit I go! I’ve posted photos and written about this spot before during the heart of the summer and in the dead of winter. It’s a place I get to once a season, so below is how it looked on a recent trip in Autumm. Beautiful every time.

The Detroit River is right in front of you with Detroit’s skyline, the state of Michigan and the United States on the right. Turn to the left side of the river and you have the city of Windsor and it’s skyline, the province of Ontario and Canada.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Time to relax and enjoy the view amongst the fallen leaves.

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

It looks like I have lots of company. 🙂

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

Autumn, Belle Isle, state park, Detroit, Michigan

One spot, two skylines, two cities and two countries. See you again in winter my friend!

Have you visited a spot overlooking multiple skylines, cities, states/provinces and/or countries at the same time?

Photo(s) of the Week: A Ludington Lake Michigan Sunset.

A while back I took a day trip over to Ludington in Michigan to capture the sunset. I watched the sun go down into Lake Michigan from Ludington State Park. Brush, sand dunes and other photographers added to the beautiful scenery of the evening.

Ludington State Park, Michigan, Lake 
Michigan, sunset

Ludington State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan, sunset

Ludington State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan, sunset

Ludington State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan, sunset

Ludington State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan, sunset

Michigan: Holland and “Big Red”, I’m back!!!

The last stop on my recent day of Michigan lighthouse, beach and park hopping along Lake Michigan was Holland. It followed Musekgon and Grand Haven. Being at Holland State Park, before on this visit I decided to capture some shots first out on the open sandy sidewalk heading towards the north pier.

Holland, Michigan, Holland State Park beach, Lake Michigan

The sand retreated off the sidewalk onto the beach as I got closer and I soon wound up on…

Holland, Michigan, Holland State Park beach, Lake Michigan

Holland, Michigan, Holland State Park beach, Lake Michigan

…the narrow bridge that lead to the pier.

Holland, Michigan, north pier, Lake Michigan

The end of the walking and North Pier Light were in sight.

Holland, Michigan, north pier, Lake Michigan

The narrow pier has no barriers and rocks on both sides. The wind had died down from earlier in the day so it was a stress free walk out on the open pier! 🙂

Holland, Michigan, north pier, Lake Michigan

The pier widens right before the light. I got some closeup shots.

Holland, Michigan, north pier light, Lake Michigan

Holland, Michigan, north pier light, Lake Michigan

Holland, Michigan, north pier light, Lake Michigan

Doing a 180, I see rocks up close, the path traveled and the popular and beautiful “Big Red” Lighthouse.

Holland, Michigan, Big Red lighthouse, Lake Michigan

On the walk back I captured some more shots of “Big Red” which sits opposite the Holland Channel.

Holland, Michigan, Big Red lighthouse, Lake Michigan

What is it with those park benches?! They’re everywhere I tell ya. Of course in a romantic spot. 🙂

Holland, Michigan, Big Red lighthouse, park bench, Lake Michigan

It was a great early afternoon walk reacquainting myself with “Big Red” and the beach, north pier and Lake Michigan in Holland. No doubt I will be back again soon.

To get more information on everything, as well as photos from my previous visits checkout Michigan: Holland State Park and the “Big Red” Lighthouse.

Checkout the fun I had at my previous stops on this day again in Michigan: Back to Grand Haven Lighthouse I Go and Michigan: Coastal Muskegon on a Winter Day.

What lighthouse, pier and beach setups have you come across in your travels that you would recommend?

Photo of the Week: A Little Bit of Everything in Grand Haven.

A little bit of everything standing on top of a sand dune in Grand Haven. Straight ahead you have Lake Michigan, the beach, pier, waves, two Grand Haven lighthouses and the end of the Grand River. From this spot at Grand Haven State Park you also have the dunes themselves, wind, cold air, and beauty.

Grand Haven State Park, Grand Haven, Michigan, Lake Michigan