It was a day of brown and black. I was concerned about the water quality due to the runoff from the rain so I rode to Avila adn had lunch on the beach with Sylvia. The ocean was chocolate colored from runoff. While the SLO County Health Department has yet to post any advisories for poor water quality, Sylvia told me that virtually all of the beaches in Santa Barbara county were closed due to polluted runoff so it seemed like a good day to stay out. The tide was very low and a lot of material has been pulled off of the the beach buy the storm surf. Most of the beach sand had a salt and pepper appearance due to the quantity of oil particles that were mixed in with the sand and there were numerous globs of tar that ranged in size from a silver dollar to desert plate. Sylvia and I picked up some non-natural debris from the beach, including some shattered pieces of boat hull. Gerry Gross came buy to check out the surfing conditions. He told me that on Wednesday the surf was cresting out beyond the end of the Avila pier and then reforming and breaking again closer in, which was wilder that he had ever seen it including the years that he lived at Avila. There is more rain predicted, beginning tonight and off and on through next Friday, so it is had to predict if the water will have cleared up by next Sunday.
It is hard to remember now that less than a month ago I was wondering if the string of beautiful Sundays was ever going to end and that we would get some winter weather.