|Beautiful Beacon's beach|
Did I mention that the January sun shines warmly in San Diego? Except for when it rains, a lot, like this year, but I'll get into that in a second.
|Blue skies, brown pelicans, and big bluff-top homes.|
|Bluff-top homes with elaborate beach-access stairs|
If you are the proud owner of beach-front property, why would you mess with the public beach access (as fine as it is)? At Beacon's Beach, for example, public access comes with a long walk down a switch-backy trail, and pesky ominous signs about bluff erosion.
Naturally, the smart homeowner desires private access to the beach. People construct some pretty amazing stairways to get themselves, their kids, and their gear down to beach level. Here are some groovy examples.
|I love the rock work on this one.|
Did I mention that it has been raining a lot in SoCal this year? Yeah. It started in October and pretty much rained on and off for months. This has saturated the soil, and any bits of earth that are not covered with concrete are showing signs of erosion. Bluff slippage has been going on for years, no surprise, and homeowners have used some creative techniques to slow the inexorable forces of water and gravity.
|The neighbors went with the same builder.|