Too much of anything is bad for you
Yesterday I used my new health insurance that I got courtesy of the Affordable Care Act (also derisively called “ObamaCare”) and went to the doctor for the first time in a year. Blood pressure and my osteoarthritic knees were on my agenda.
I’ve been exercising my knees but the problem with osteoarthritis is that it’s kind of a Catch-22 situation in that exercise will help strengthen the knee muscles but the exercise is painful. In discussing exercise, this doctor suggested that I find some uneven stairs or set up some uneven stairs so that the complete knee would get exercise. He also suggested that I do my walking on sand rather than concrete or asphalt. The sand gives, making it easier on my knees, and because it gives, it also works the complete ankle and knee muscles.
I knew just the place: Black’s Beach.
The stairs from the top of the 300-foot bluffs are, well, “uneven” doesn’t do them justice:
When I first came to San Diego in May 1992, the bluffs at Blacks Beach were one of the first “vista points” that I visited. In looking out over the beautiful bluffs and the Pacific Ocean, I told myself that some day I would retire to San Diego. Just eleven months later and I had done exactly that. From April 1993 to March 1994, I did nothing but climb up and down the bluffs at Blacks Beach, lay out on the sand, and read about the world’s great and not-so-great religions, trying to determine if there was a place in any of them for a soon-to-be openly gay man. There wasn’t.
After I reached that decision, I put myself back into the work force, mainly because the beach can actually get boring. Reminds me of what my wise old grandmother always told me: “Too much of anything is bad for you.” I had too much beach.
Once Jim and I got Domestic Partnered in July 2004, I quit going to Blacks Beach, mainly because he’s not a beach person. Today was the first time I’ve been since July 2004. Not only did I climb down and up those 300 feet of uneven stairs, but I also walked three miles north and back on the sand.
There was a nice low tide while I was there, so I walked out quite a distance and took ten pictures to create this panorama (click on the image for a larger picture):
That panorama covers about seven miles, from Torrey Pines State Beach at the far left to La Jolla Beach at the far right. Those trees at the top center of the bluffs are at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course where Tiger Woods won his last major championship, the U.S. Open in 2008.
I should also say that Blacks Beach is one of the world’s great Naturist beaches, meaning that clothing is optional.
I’ll have more pictures of Blacks Beach in a future post.
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Posted on November 14, 2012, in Adobe, Digital photo editing, Mother & Father Nature, My wise old grandmother, Out & About, Photos and tagged blacks beach san diego. Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.