Actually Pismo means tar in the language of the Chumash Indians.It's not like you would see an oil slick or something,they are just small clumps of tar.And if you weren't looking for it ,I doubt you would even notice.I would not worry about it at all.
You may notice black clumps on the beach, which you can easily avoid by walking around or over it. It isn't like the whole beach is covered in a slick, oily goo.
And, yes, we do occasionally see this on our local beaches, but I have never seen it deter anyone from walking, playing, surfing, etc.
Thank you both! Any ideas what kind of shoes may be easiest to clean (if we walk after dark and do step into it)? Thanks again!
Oil tar on the beach is a pretty rare occurrence and you're not likely to encounter it. I usually just walk the beach in my athletic shoes, but many folks wear crocs or water shoes on the beach.
You should consider walking out on the pier or along the boardwalk after dark, though. Sometimes high tide occurs later in the day, which makes beach walking difficult.
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