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.
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!
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.
Starring out into the blue waters of the Pacific, your bound to see a military ship or two off in the distance.
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.
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.
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.
What other beaches around San Diego and in Southern California would you recommend to get away from it all?
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.
Time to relax and enjoy the view amongst the fallen leaves.
It looks like I have lots of company. 🙂
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?
Posted in Canada, Detroit, Michigan, Ontario, travel, Windsor
Tagged Autumn, Belle Isle, Canada, Detroit, Michigan, skyline, state park, Windsor
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.
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.
The sand retreated off the sidewalk onto the beach as I got closer and I soon wound up on…
…the narrow bridge that lead to the pier.
The end of the walking and North Pier Light were in sight.
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! 🙂
The pier widens right before the light. I got some closeup shots.
Doing a 180, I see rocks up close, the path traveled and the popular and beautiful “Big Red” Lighthouse.
On the walk back I captured some more shots of “Big Red” which sits opposite the Holland Channel.
What is it with those park benches?! They’re everywhere I tell ya. Of course in a romantic spot. 🙂
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?
Posted in day trip, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, Road Trip, travel
Tagged beach, Holland, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, pier, road trip, state park
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.
Posted in beach, day trip, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, Road Trip, travel
Tagged beach, Grand Haven, Lake Michigan, lighthouse, Michigan, pier, state park, winter