SEA WATER BUCKET CHALLENGE
On typical days at Aliso Beach, you expect to see certain things. You find the talented skim board community sharing waves down at the south end of the beach putting on a show. Water photographers dot the line up with their Go Pro’s and Digital Cameras in water housings. Aliso Creek is being broken to the chagrin of home owners, locals, beach visitors and skim boarders by a contingency of body boarders and water photographers who all benefit from the freshly formed sand bar created by fresh water pushing into the ocean. There are families lining the beach with towels, picnic on the beach gear and canopies to shade from the sun. Fire pits are being reserved by families who understand that their availability is first come and first serve. Children play on the equipment in the playground, climbing aboard the ship, coming down the slide to parents and swinging the day away. There are lines at the Sands Cafe and parents wash the stingy grains of sand off their children at the shower. The parking lot is full of cars that beat the afternoon parking crush! Kids play at the shore’s edge under the watchful eye of OC Lifeguards with nearby parents who often do not appreciate the dangers lurking in the Aliso Beach shore break. Sea gulls scan the beach for opportunities to swipe food from unsuspecting beach visitors with the occasional sandwiched grabbed in an aerial theft that is hard not to laugh at. This is barring no one gets hurt of course.
These are all normal things. In my coverage of Aliso Beach, sometimes I see something I have never seen there. In the last year I have bumped in to the Orange County Tu Tu Scooter Girls, videoed a kid stuffing his face with a muffin while hopping off the sidewalk curb on a unicycle, watched drones with cameras scan the beach, see kids in hammocks between two palm trees and documented the worst damage I can ever remember to Aliso Beach as a result of waves driven by Hurricane Marie.
On one unseasonably warm day this spring, there was a particular brother and sister with their dad. I remember that some of the kids were getting flack from the lifeguards about breaking Aliso Creek. If I remember correctly, the dad was interested in his kids seeing the water let out. As a result of a particularly nasty middle aged gal and her father who were so against the kids breaking the creek that they dropped a profanity laced tirade on the lifeguard and kids, the lifeguard shuttered their operation. I love when adults set a wonderful example for young people.
In the end, not seeing Aliso Creek blaze a trail through the sand to the ocean did not curb their enthusiasm. If anything this brother and sister remind us of what it is like to be kids and at the beach. The whole experience had them wide-eyed and grinning from ear to ear in what may be appropriately described as the joy of being children. They did something, however, that caught the attention of me and the lens of Scotty Carter. How it started I cannot recall but the Sea Water Bucket Challenge began and ended in smiles and laughter. The brother and sister willingly, and between laughs, allowed one another to hurl a bucket of sea water at each other’s faces. The sister was respectful when she poured the bucket over her brother’s head. Despite the role a big brother plays as protector of his younger sister, he upped the ante a bit and hurled the water point black into his sister’s face. She was a good sport about the Sea Water Bucket Challenge laughing it off. Chances are though, her nose dripped sea water for weeks on end after the challenge because her big brother wasn’t going to miss a permission based opportunity to get his sister. This is just one of the many cool and interesting things I see at Aliso Beach. This amazing Laguna Beach services a lot of experiences, memories, vacations and joys! For those that visit and/or frequent Aliso, you know exactly what I mean!