Tuesday, 15 July 2008

In the snow of far-off Northern lands

I was reading Tom Managan's blog, catching up on the story of the mountain lion attack. Then something strange sunk into my brain. Baychic commented that "Alas, I am not allowed in that park either, amen." (source) Scrolling up the page, I read that "Foothills’ limit to Palo Altans".

So, off to find the park's website, and here's the details:

Foothills Park is open to Palo Alto residents and their guests only. Proof of residency is required. Guests must be accompanied through the entrance by a Palo Alto resident. Limit of 15 guests in two cars per resident. Names of guests cannot be left at the gate. Groups of 25 or more must make a reservation. (source)

Wow.

I looked for a reason. They turned Kurt Russell away for not being a resident (pdflink). In the "Ask a ranger" section, the question "Are only Palo Alto residents allowed in the park?" is answered, but not "Why?" A shame, as the rest of the worksheets are very, very informative. There's even one on the WW1 training camp that was there (pdflink), and some of the troops were sent on the Russian campaign - an oft forgot sideline in The Great War. IIRC, it was the only time that the USA and communist Russians were in open land warfare.

A short search with the terms "why restrictions residents foothills park" finds a good article on the history of the park in MetroActive, and some articles in the Palo Alto online from 2006 and 2007. Informative.

It is a quarter-to-Two in the morning. And it is dark in the Palo Alto hills. Link to the rotating webcam at Fire Station 8. No sign of the mountain lion.

Title sourced from the US Marine Corp's hymn, and used by Leo Daugherty III as the title of an article about the USMC and Revolutionary Russia. Investigate this further if you like your politics with a dash of confusion. White Russians. Red Russians. Germans. British. French. USA. Conscripted troops trying to get home. Weather.

3 comments:

paulmartin42 said...

Last time we were outside the Foothills park there were hyenas. I don't know how much they might look like mountain lions, esp in the dark, but as they now say in America, that and a couple of bucks may get you a cup of coffee........

AktoMan said...

Hyenas? I thought they were indigenous to Africa. Gosh.

If you read up on the story, Paul, it unfolded over a couple of days.

I'm off to wait for the Firestation webcam to load up. Wonder if I'll see any wildlife.

paulmartin42 said...

The Firestation webcam is a gem. The view at night is very mysterious - all those lights (or are they insects, lion's eyes ...); just now the sun is going down; earlier I worked out what the big circular track of dirt was for - a fire break