Calafia Beach

Last Sunday was such a remarkable, beautiful, warm (80F/27C) day.  I physically ached for some beach time but my list of responsible adult-like things I should be doing was a mile long. Finally, around 2:00 I took off for the beach.  I only had two hours to spare until PR needed to be picked up at a friend's house.  I drove to Calafia Beach in San Clemente.

The waves were fairly big, and the ocean was sparkling.

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Those are the Dana Point Headlands you see in the background.

I walked from Calafia down past San Clemente State Beach.  There are some multi-million dollar homes on the cliffs above the beach. 

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It was much less crowded once I walked for awhile.  I like it when I can find long stretches of empty sand.

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The beaches in South Orange County don't attract as many interesting characters as you see up at the L.A. beaches (particularly Venice).  However, like any beach, there's always some great people watching.  I sat on the sand for awhile so I could stare at the waves.

Staring at waves for a couple hours probably sounds like a strange thing to do.  Wave watching relaxes me in a way that nothing else does.  The motion of the sea, the smell of the salt air, the crashing of the waves and the changes in the tide connect with my innermost soul.

I was deep in a wave-induced trance when I thought I heard music.  I glanced up to see a man walking towards me playing his guitar.  Playing guitar and walking at the same time takes talent and coordination.  He was playing well too.  He and I were the only two people as far as the eye could see.  Eventually he reached me, nodded his head, and kept on playing as he strolled past me down the beach.

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I went back to staring at the ocean.  I was keeping my eyes peeled for dolphins or whales, but I didn't catch a glimpse of either.

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Did I mention it was a spectacularly beautiful afternoon?

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The waves came in …

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And crashed …

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And the foam sprayed up in the air as if in celebration.

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It felt like the ocean was putting on a show just for me.

© Twenty Four At Heart

54 Responses to “Calafia Beach”

  1. Donna in VA

    So beautiful!!
    That is one of my favorite things to do. . . go to the beach. It is the most relaxing and therapeutic thing I do for myself. It is also why I got my Jeep.
    See, I’m not crazy about the beaches in VA Beach, so I drive down to Hatteras, NC. I can take my Jeep out on the beach, park it and wave watch till my heart’s content. I can also take it to Corova, NC on the beach where there are million dollar homes (access to these homes only by 4WD) and wild horses roaming around. It’s really beautiful.
    I can’t wait for our weather to warm up now!!!! I wanna go!

  2. Donna in VA

    So beautiful!!
    That is one of my favorite things to do. . . go to the beach. It is the most relaxing and therapeutic thing I do for myself. It is also why I got my Jeep.
    See, I’m not crazy about the beaches in VA Beach, so I drive down to Hatteras, NC. I can take my Jeep out on the beach, park it and wave watch till my heart’s content. I can also take it to Corova, NC on the beach where there are million dollar homes (access to these homes only by 4WD) and wild horses roaming around. It’s really beautiful.
    I can’t wait for our weather to warm up now!!!! I wanna go!

  3. Donna in VA

    So beautiful!!
    That is one of my favorite things to do. . . go to the beach. It is the most relaxing and therapeutic thing I do for myself. It is also why I got my Jeep.
    See, I’m not crazy about the beaches in VA Beach, so I drive down to Hatteras, NC. I can take my Jeep out on the beach, park it and wave watch till my heart’s content. I can also take it to Corova, NC on the beach where there are million dollar homes (access to these homes only by 4WD) and wild horses roaming around. It’s really beautiful.
    I can’t wait for our weather to warm up now!!!! I wanna go!

  4. Kristan

    The sound and presence of water soothes me like nothing else too. Rain, a fountain, and most of all, being out on a boat surrounded by a lake/gulf/ocean/whatever. There’s nothing like it. 🙂

  5. Kristan

    The sound and presence of water soothes me like nothing else too. Rain, a fountain, and most of all, being out on a boat surrounded by a lake/gulf/ocean/whatever. There’s nothing like it. 🙂

  6. Kristan

    The sound and presence of water soothes me like nothing else too. Rain, a fountain, and most of all, being out on a boat surrounded by a lake/gulf/ocean/whatever. There’s nothing like it. 🙂

  7. Jan

    *sigh*
    Need I repeat that I’m JEALOUS?
    I didn’t think so.
    Oddly enough, baking bread has a similar effect on me. When I’m really stressed, we’ll find ourselves awash with biscuits, cornbread, sweet rolls, popovers and loaves of cheese bread. I make REALLY good cheese bread…
    I’m going to try homemade English muffins this weekend, since I promised Beloved Eggs Benedict for Easter brunch.

  8. Jan

    *sigh*
    Need I repeat that I’m JEALOUS?
    I didn’t think so.
    Oddly enough, baking bread has a similar effect on me. When I’m really stressed, we’ll find ourselves awash with biscuits, cornbread, sweet rolls, popovers and loaves of cheese bread. I make REALLY good cheese bread…
    I’m going to try homemade English muffins this weekend, since I promised Beloved Eggs Benedict for Easter brunch.

  9. Jan

    *sigh*
    Need I repeat that I’m JEALOUS?
    I didn’t think so.
    Oddly enough, baking bread has a similar effect on me. When I’m really stressed, we’ll find ourselves awash with biscuits, cornbread, sweet rolls, popovers and loaves of cheese bread. I make REALLY good cheese bread…
    I’m going to try homemade English muffins this weekend, since I promised Beloved Eggs Benedict for Easter brunch.

  10. LPC

    Oh yes. Whenever I go down to Santa Barbara to see my mother I wander down the hill to the beach and pretend to go for a walk so I can watch the waves…

  11. LPC

    Oh yes. Whenever I go down to Santa Barbara to see my mother I wander down the hill to the beach and pretend to go for a walk so I can watch the waves…

  12. LPC

    Oh yes. Whenever I go down to Santa Barbara to see my mother I wander down the hill to the beach and pretend to go for a walk so I can watch the waves…

  13. Kelly

    Wow. Beautiful. Peaceful. Feeling very jealous!

  14. Kelly

    Wow. Beautiful. Peaceful. Feeling very jealous!

  15. Kelly

    Wow. Beautiful. Peaceful. Feeling very jealous!

  16. Pseudo

    You make me feel like I am almost there. You’d think with all my nice beaches here I wouldn’t miss CA so much, but I do.
    Gorgeous day.

  17. Pseudo

    You make me feel like I am almost there. You’d think with all my nice beaches here I wouldn’t miss CA so much, but I do.
    Gorgeous day.

  18. Pseudo

    You make me feel like I am almost there. You’d think with all my nice beaches here I wouldn’t miss CA so much, but I do.
    Gorgeous day.

  19. emmysuh

    Ugh, I hate how you can just drive off and visit the beach cause you WANT TO.
    I mean, I love that for you but I’m officially jealous!

  20. emmysuh

    Ugh, I hate how you can just drive off and visit the beach cause you WANT TO.
    I mean, I love that for you but I’m officially jealous!

  21. emmysuh

    Ugh, I hate how you can just drive off and visit the beach cause you WANT TO.
    I mean, I love that for you but I’m officially jealous!

  22. Linda

    I’ve been back here several times today just to look at the waves. Very relaxing, thanks!

  23. Linda

    I’ve been back here several times today just to look at the waves. Very relaxing, thanks!

  24. Linda

    I’ve been back here several times today just to look at the waves. Very relaxing, thanks!

  25. Jason

    I thought FOR SURE the guitar man was going to stop and offer to put your sunscreen on you, and then stroke your thighs…and you know…wait, you already posted something like that.

  26. Jason

    I thought FOR SURE the guitar man was going to stop and offer to put your sunscreen on you, and then stroke your thighs…and you know…wait, you already posted something like that.

  27. Jason

    I thought FOR SURE the guitar man was going to stop and offer to put your sunscreen on you, and then stroke your thighs…and you know…wait, you already posted something like that.

  28. Deb

    I love that last shot where the spray is up in the air. *Sigh* *Jealous*

  29. Deb

    I love that last shot where the spray is up in the air. *Sigh* *Jealous*

  30. Deb

    I love that last shot where the spray is up in the air. *Sigh* *Jealous*

  31. Lori

    I am so jealous! What a beautiful walk and it looked so peaceful too. Just looking at those pictures I could almost smell the salty ocean breeze. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  32. Lori

    I am so jealous! What a beautiful walk and it looked so peaceful too. Just looking at those pictures I could almost smell the salty ocean breeze. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  33. Lori

    I am so jealous! What a beautiful walk and it looked so peaceful too. Just looking at those pictures I could almost smell the salty ocean breeze. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  34. Rochelle

    It is so beautiful here. I just moved to Huntington Beach about a month ago, I still can’t get over how gorgeous it is.

  35. Rochelle

    It is so beautiful here. I just moved to Huntington Beach about a month ago, I still can’t get over how gorgeous it is.

  36. Rochelle

    It is so beautiful here. I just moved to Huntington Beach about a month ago, I still can’t get over how gorgeous it is.

  37. Holli

    Watching waves is the one thing that makes me feel totally at peace. I love the beaches in Orange County and come whenever I can. Unfortunately for me, that is not very often since I live in Colorado.

  38. Holli

    Watching waves is the one thing that makes me feel totally at peace. I love the beaches in Orange County and come whenever I can. Unfortunately for me, that is not very often since I live in Colorado.

  39. Holli

    Watching waves is the one thing that makes me feel totally at peace. I love the beaches in Orange County and come whenever I can. Unfortunately for me, that is not very often since I live in Colorado.

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