8/02/2009

08-02-09 - Private Beaches

Seattle's got a number of private beaches which are just begging me to sneak into them. The whole idea of the private beach seems very elitist to me after living in CA where there's a wonderful law making all beaches public property. It makes me picture the European Riviera where you have to be a member of a beach club and buy a chair or something to get beach access, and you must be able to point your nose upward to get in.

One is Windermere Park on Lake Wash. It's got a pretty serious gate at Ambleside which you can see from street view . Apparently they lock the gate at 7 PM each night and check membership during the day. That gate definitely looks hoppable, but another entry option would be to kayak up from UW. Windermere Park is labelled on Google Maps which is a bit misleading as it's not a public park.

Perhaps even more appealing is the Blue Ridge Private Beach . I guess Blue Ridge used to be a private community before it was annexed by Seattle, and it still has some of that left over; there are still homeowner rules and membership fees. The park is not labelled on maps, but you can clearly see the path to the beach in satellite view. The fencing around the park looks like pretty serious barbed wire, so the best entry option seems to be walking the train tracks up from Golden Gardens or down from Carkeek.

BTW, I've never understood how people die on train tracks or why there are so many signs about how "dangerous" it is. All around Carkeek there are these signs to stay off the tracks and that the trains are "fast and quiet". Uhh... I'm pretty sure if one of our trains surprises you, you must be absolutely drunk out of your mind, like almost unconscious. I mean, I understand with like a bullet train, those are in fact fast and quiet (though they also run on very straight tracks, so you can see them coming for miles), but our trains go maybe 60 mph and rattle and screech like motherfuckers. You could be a deaf giant sloth and still have no trouble avoiding a train. The signs should really say "warning : don't get black-out drunk on train tracks". Or the sign should just have a handgun on a chain and say "please kill yourself here so you don't derail the train".

7 comments:

castano said...

I actually think these signs compell people to kill himself that way. It seems that with the crisis the number of suicides is going up, and people don't have any better idea than standing still on the train tracks. My last trip to SC was again delayed because of that and was told that it was the fourth suicide in the last four weeks!

cbloom said...

So rude. People who do that should be killed! Oh wait...

IvyMike said...

I'm pretty sure the California law only covers the Pacific ocean. I live in California near an entire 125 acre lake that's private.

cbloom said...

Indeed.

cbloom said...

It would be very odd to define all lake shore to be public land, because then you could annex anyone's property by flooding it.

IvyMike said...

That's kinda what happened to the town of Salton, CA. Which is now located under the eponymous Sea.

ryg said...

This sounds like a stellar idea for your run of the mill Bond Villain.

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