Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mission Beach's Jetty

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@ South Mission Beach

It has been a very long time since we've been to Mission Beach. Though we live in San Diego, but there are just too many beach choices. We usually just go to the beach nearest us, that is, Torey Pines State Beach for boogie boarding and swimming, and at La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove for snorkeling. However, last weekend was too foggy and chilly in Torrey Pines and La Jolla for swimming. We decided to check out Mission Beach on seeing from the weather app that the sun was shining happily there. Of course, though it was sunny at Mission Beach, but the water was still frigid, and everyone wears wet suit, some even wear gloves and neoprene hoodie to swim as well. I couldn't find a pink neoprene hoodie for cold water swimming, so I am just staying with my pink swimming latex cap for now. :) You may ask why pink, because I wanted to be easily seen in the water for safety. Haha. It's easier for life guard to see me if something is wrong with me! :) It's not for a pink statement, it's more for safety purposes. If not for the San Diego life guards, I don't think I would have the confidence to swim and snorkel without a life saver or floater, haha! Wearing flotation device such as life jackets, or other floaters are not allowed in some of the snorkeling places in San Diego, such as in La Jolla Cove. But thankfully, there are life guards to watch over us.

Anyhow, so happy to find these creatures at the South Mission Beach last weekend, by the Jetty.
Sea Star

 Multi colored sea star
 Urchin
 More Sea Stars
a lot of fish I do not know the name :(
Girabaldi
I saw octopus, and I took video, so I thought. But sadly, when I checked, I failed to change the settings to video. I feel so dumb following the octopus with the camera thinking it was on video mode, but nope :(. Hopefully next time. We were hoping to snorkel long and find some lobsters, however, the life guard told us that snorkeling at the Jetty was at our own risk, because there are no lifeguard towers that would allow them to see what is going on at the Jetty ( the other side of the beach separated by rocks). Their watch towers are mostly for the beach goers in the beach side. So, we decided to not spend so much time there, but I could tell, had we swim there more, we would be able to see a lot more, only that, we were not as confident to stay long there without life guards, and with all the other swimmers at the other side ( beach side). Though there were a few snorkelers, lobster hunter and fishing enthusiasts there, but still, we did not feel as safe as in La Jolla, where life guards we know could over see all swimmers, divers and snorkelers. 

Anyway, where is South Mission Beach? It is at the very end of Mission Beach Boulevard, and we found it is a nice place for beach volleyball, the sands on the beach was truly very wide, and soft. Unlike in Torrey Pines, where the beach sometimes would be gone at high tide. :) Still, Torrey Pines is my favorite, because there is both hiking and the ocean. Mission Beach is too flat for hiking, but it offers a lot more other activities because it has Giant Dipper ( giant wooden roller coaster) and a lot of other rides. 

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17 comments:

  1. wish i could snorkel one day too and see the beauty under the sea with my own naked eyes.

    ps
    i remember taking a video too and was so proud i captured the moment only to realized i didn't press the record button. epic fail. LOL.

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  2. Love the sea star and the urchin! Oh at least you had fun chasing the octopus :) there will be a next time am sure :) super loving your underwater shots Betchai!! ♥

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  3. Oh I love your star fish shots! These colors are just so beautiful and vibrant! Gorgeous photos as always!

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  4. some much to see and how wonderful even though you did not "catch" every thing you wanted. Do you ever really catch any fish to eat?

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  5. You are one adventurous soul Ate Beth! Can you take me with you one time? Lol

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  6. l;ovely sea stars. Yes, I got it all correct , Mission Beach is where top class Beach Volleyball tournaments are held. Ask ko lang why frigid pa yung water if mainit naman ang weather?

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  7. beautiful colors of all the underwater creatures! I miss diving and taking photos under...thanks for reminding me of this lovely adventure..

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  8. that purple urchins look so yummy. hahaha love all your underwater photos.

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  9. i'm glad there are so many beaches there, it's way too opposite in this side of state, i miss those sea salt smell..lol..great photography, you did a great job to capture them so vividly

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  10. I remember when went diving in Samal Island 5 years ago, under the sea is one of the most beautiful place or part of the world. I wished I stayed longer and be with the different creatures under the sea.

    You're lucky sis , you were able to capture it perfectly. What's your camera by the way?

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  11. You have again captured the beauty of nature at its best. You are so fortunate to have seen such beauty and I'm thankful enough that I get to see them through your camera.

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  12. You are very lucky Sis that you live close to the beach. I am envy you for that :-) Those are beautiful pictures as always. I would love to try the snorkeling somebody, I bet it looks cool to watch the fish under the water :-)

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  13. You're my virtual guide to almost anywhere in nature sis Betchai! You take me to the peaks and valleys, to the depths of the earth, every nook and cranny and yes, all your photos are really captivating and wonderful to see. Keep posting nature's beauty because looking at them makes me feel I am actually there. :)

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  14. They are so colorful! :) As always, nice shots Ate Betchai! :)

    Like what Ate Ria said, you are our virtual guide! :) ♥

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  15. Ahhh... those are beautiful creatures underwater! So colorful! I have never seen a sea star yet in color orange. These amazing creations under water are the reasons why Triz have been wanting to do scuba diving. Haha. We have to remind her time and again that she needs to grow up first before she could go underwater. :D

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  16. breathtaking colours! love the sea stars, happy you saw octopus, thy are such incredibly beautiful creatures! next time I am sure you can capture them too:-)

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  17. You make me miss the water activities so much. Don't worry about the octopus, I'm sure that's not the last time to explore the Mission Beach.

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