Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A visit to San Clemente and Dana Point

Just  north of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, and just north over the county line into Orange County, are the towns of San Clemente and Dana Point. Marlene and I visited here as the first part of our end-of-the-year vacation.

San Clemente Pier
San Clemente Pier, California. December 25, 2015. Greg Gillson.
We first walked out the pier at San Clemente. Then we drove up on Dana Point and walked some of the cliff-top trails. We ended the day at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. There were thousands of gulls here, evidently seeking shelter from the cold winds offshore.

Looking down on Dana Point Marina
Looking down on Dana Point Marina. December 25, 2015. Greg Gillson.

Red-throated Loon
Red-throated Loon

Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

Heermann's Gull
Heermann's Gull

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

Huge gull flock
Huge gull flock