But some "do-gooders" with the city have not. First demanding that the golf club "maintain" the trails... I use that word in quotes because the trails maintain themselves. There are hiking, horse and prey trails. If one trail is no longer "maintained," it's simply because it's no longer desirable or needed. Ex: the path to the water washes out but there's a perfectly acceptable path a few yards down... everyone simply starts using the easier trail and the old one vanishes. It has been this way for decades.
After giving the club a year to "clean up their act" - residents were very angry over the sheer amount of homeless that had moved in when the economy took a down turn. The club was ill equipped to enforce removal of people who lived there and many of them bothered no one. Quite honestly, I would prefer the company of Margaret (a 30+year resident) or Good Tim to any of the riff-raff frequenting our creek these days.
This year, the city intervened and turned the property over to the mountain conservancy in this area who has come in and put up signs and let's just say that everyone I know breaks the laws posted forth:
- On leash dogs - DON'T even get me started.
- Picking up poop (wouldn't make a dent in all the coyote, rabbit or fox poop. And what about the horse poop??? I'm far more offended by the huge piles of that stuff!!! Why don't they have to dismount and scoop???).
- "Park" closes at dark - one of my favorite hikes was a summer night when I found a friend had passed away and I just HAD to get to "my" creek. 9 pm - just me and Mabel and the full moon.
- No motorcycles - a long established law that I actually wish someone would enforce.
- Be careful in a motorboat - DUH... there's rocks and a depth of maybe 6" most of the year!
- And "swimmers" must wear a life jacket!
I wasn't always an off leash advocate...but then I moved here and got a dog with greyhound in her blood. My dog simply cannot get enough exercise on a leash. And I cannot run that fast! So we meet up with like minded hikers and enjoy a good romp... and now risk 170 dollar tickets!
It simply kills me that they call this rugged terrain a "park." I just love the new hikers coming out...thinking it some easy park-like place. Most have been dog lovers and scritched our pups. My favorite was the mom pushing a pram through all the rocks and actually wondering aloud why it was so difficult. "Just cause they call it a park don't make it a park... hit the sidewalk, lady!"
And let's just take a look at the HOARDS of people me and my off leash dogs bother, shall we? These photos form a complete circle on one of the trails...but you can see the popular (but empty) levee in photo 4.