Don’t let the nuclear power plant scare you, San Onofre is a great place to escape the California freeway jam.
Richard Nixon’s “Western White House” was located only a couple of miles north of this stretch of sand and rounded stones set neatly between Los Angeles and San Diego.
You can’t even hear Interstate 5, which runs the length of this state park set on land rented from the Marine Corps. Just past the parking lot, a system of six trails drops to sea level via a set of cliffs whose faces change with each winter.
Break out your redscale and you can con your viewers into thinking that you paid a visit to Mars.
Choose a more mundane film and you will find much to engage your eye. Observe how the beach is sand here and rounded stone there. Study the stones. Look for strange variants among them. Watch fishermen, surfers, and beach combers. Explore the uplands around San Mateo Campground. If you know where to look, you can even find the earthquake fault (inactive) that runs beneath the twin reactors of San Onofre’s nuclear power plant. Fear not radiation, but do keep an eye on the ocean which can rush up to drag you far offshore and cliffs that can tumble onto your head while you are spying on nudists at the end of Trail 6.
Forget Southern California for a few hours. Come to a new world beneath the cliffs.
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