By Edith Beale the Bouvier
Most mornings, Ol’ What’s-his-name and I head up to Mountain Lake Park. Then we go through the dog run area (just behind the Eighth Avenue entrance to the park) to a road called West Pacific Avenue. This is a great little walk that takes us around Mountain Lake. It is one of the three natural lakes in San Francisco. In June 1776, Juan Bautista de Anza, a Spanish explorer, and his party camped on the shore of the lake the night before they discovered the entrance to San Francisco Bay. They’ve marked the road as part of the de Anza historic trail.
West Pacific snakes around the southern edge of the Presidio Golf Course, and crosses under a road leading to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Beneath the streets and houses, most of San Francisco is one big sand dune. There’s a chunk of the dune exposed along our walk. I love to run in the sand and bury my tennis ball. If you follow our walking route, be careful, if you go sniffing the wildflowers, look out for the thistles.
We end up on the grounds of the former U.S. Merchant Marine Hospital.
There’s a row of houses behind me where the hospital bigwigs lived. Then it’s back to Mountain Lake Park and a stop at the water fountain before we head home for breakfast.
Meet Freddie and two grand Bouviers I know from Alta Plaza park as my life continues on the next page.
Please visit Edith’s Web page again to find out what she has been up to, meet her friends, see where she has been walking and places she’s visited. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Ol’ What’s-his-name. He will probably answer you. He’s got too much time on his hands.
Want to find out more about Bouviers? Read this tongue-in-cheek article, written by a breeder, who says you probably shouldn’t have one.