For the past eight years, we’ve rounded out our camping season by unhitching our Airstream Safari trailer on the bluffs of South Carlsbad State Beach. Reservations for the popular beach side campsites need to be made up to 6 months in advance. Our favorite site has windblown bushes (Melaleuca nesophila) that provide privacy, but California’s drought is now having an impact on them. A ranger told me that the park is now limiting watering to three times per week and will be replacing the turf with drought tolerant plants.
Each year we enjoy listening to the continuous sound of the surf* and watching the shore birds soar by on the updraft of the sea breeze along the bluffs.
Nearby is The Flower Fields* 50-acre garden on the Carlsbad Ranch, featuring Giant Tecolote Ranuculus blooms* 10 weeks each spring sustained by reclaimed water from the City of Carlsbad and a drip irrigation system.
On this trip I did a photo shoot of a crow dive-bombing a squirrel hole in an attempt to capture young squirrels (See the dramatic photos and story in my post, “A crow and squirrel interlude,” History Safari Expresso). I was also lucky to have the camera ready when a Great blue heron landed on our campsite fence.
The last time we ate catfish by the sea, we enjoyed beautiful, glowing sunsets. This time the sun silhouetted San Clemente Island.
*This is a link to a YouTube video.