Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Batiquitos


SE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FOOT. W SWELL 12 FT AT 11 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON.
Growing up here...
I was used to horrifying summertime stench...
The lagoon was a morass...
I remember cars slowly sinking in the mud...
Since they'd use it as a summer track...
Only to abandon hopelessly stuck rigs...
I still have a solid oak sideboard...
That my Dad made from wood salvaged out of the slough...
But most of the stuff was trash & tires...
Some days I'd walk outside and the dog was gone...
A quick look would reveal a black speck...
Out in the middle of the lagoon...
A piercing whistle would bring him in...
Covered in black, rotting, rich mud...
Happier than a pig in shit...
Then LA built a bigger pier...
And they had to rehab an equivalent wetland...
So dredging and flushing commenced...
Suddenly there was sand on the beaches again...
And the stink & algal blooms went away...
Suddenly it was so goddamn pleasant...
That seemingly everyone moved there...
My empty beaches were teeming with kooks...
So I got the hell out of there...
And looked for Surf in Oregon.

2 comments:

clayfin said...

an article on the restoration in the UT today

tres_arboles said...

I remember just after grad school at USD when the City of Encinitas created a stir in the movie industry over Batiquitos. Pre-Governator Schwarzenegger filming one of his several pedestrian actioners and wanted to crash a car off Coast Hwy into the lagoon. Encinitas said "no" and pissed off Hollywood. Cost the City a few bucks but it was the right thing to do.

David, Seattle