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Crystal Cove
Sep 5th, 2002 at 9:31pm
 
Hi Rad
Saltwater is not as good as alkohol  Grin
As far I remember
there is a big sign on that beach
telling all swimmer
what to do
when they are in trouble.
Glad you read it before going in. Smiley
 
 
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Re: Crystal Cove
Reply #1 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 12:39am
 
i musta missed that.

was cool having the whole beach to myself, tho.
 
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Reply #2 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 7:43am
 
It's next to  the parking lot  (after you paid your $5
entrance fee )
Just in front of the restrooms.

...when you cannot make it to the beach
   in the spot you are swimming in
   swimm parallel  to coastline
   to get to a easier spot ....

or something like that.

 
 
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Reply #3 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 7:51am
 

....Lots of old cottages there. Like you stepped back in time 50 years.....

From the SP beach it looked like a hobbo spot with lots
of fishermen - not very inviting to me - so I missed it. Sad
 
 
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Reply #4 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 11:07am
 
the restrooms are now now porta-potties.

i parked up at the state park lot north of there & walked down. it's only $3 now, and no one is ever there to collect the money. only on weekends during the summer, when locals know not to go.

but that is the correct course of action to take if you get caught in a rip: swim parallel to the shore.

But the whole tide was talking me north anyway, and i knew the sets wouldn't last forever.
 
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Reply #5 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 11:56am
 
But isn't there a sign at the entrance
saying you will be executed
unless you show a valid ticket on the windscreen ?

In California you have to pay
when you park in  a SP.
Season tickets are cheap
Daily tickets are expensive.

So you went for a dip in the water
to the north of the rocks at CC ?

 
 
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Reply #6 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 12:20pm
 
There are actually 3 entrances to Crystal Cove .. off PCH. The north one is at Newport Coast Rd. The south entrance is at (I forget the name now). The one you're prolly talking about is in the center, between the other two .. the on that leads to the cottages. I never use that one cuz the assholes gave me a parking ticket there once. Totally bullshit, too. I contested the thing but they didn't see it my way.

You're correct, but daily tickets are only $3 now, and the guy is only there on the weekends. I bought an annual pass for $35 last year but never had to show it cuz the ranger was never there.

I went in right where the cottages are. I wouldn't call it a 'dip', tho.  Undecided
 
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Reply #7 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 6:08pm
 
I see  Smiley
In the subway stations here
they have big videodisplays
for advertising mixed with news.
Today they showed the waves
you were talking about.
..California beachboys enjoying
Hawaian Big waves in Southland...
they reported....
And I must admit I am impressed. 8)
 
 
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Reply #8 - Sep 6th, 2002 at 6:49pm
 
The storm is petering out now. But it's always surprising how much bigger the waves look when you're in the water, with your little head sticking out like a bobber on a fishing line, and the waves starts building in front of you. Before it breaks, you're looking straight up at it. Don't tell anybody, but I was pretty scared.  Shocked
 
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