Having already been played out on the sand, in the media and at the courthouse, state park rangers' crackdown on sunbathers who let it all hang out on a secluded stretch of beach off San Onofre's Trail 6 has taken a most stinky turn.
The nudists, who prefer to be called naturists, say rangers purposely buried the rotting carcass of sea lion not where it washed up but at the clothing-optional beach, creating a gawdawful smell. The rangers counter they just happened to dig the shallow grave--complete with a black fin sticking out of the ground--at the nude beach they've fought mightily to de-nude.
The rangers say simply wanted to let "nature" happen, according to a piece in the Orange County Register. Nature vs. naturists. It's come to this. But surely the rangers could come up with other smelly things to bury at Trail 6 to further drive off the quiet, peaceful, not-hurting-anyone nekkid people. (By the way, who sunbathes with suits on, let alone without them, in January?)
Here are five stink-inducers for park rangers:
Albatross, get your bloody seabirds here!
Offshore algae blooms
Sauerkraut and kimchi casserole
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This lady's cats
My shoes after I've been to the beach