Re: Lake Merced Memories

05/26/17 - posted by ks

Some reflections of growing up during the 1950’s & 1960’s with Lake Merced a short walk across the Gulley………… Lakeshore Elementary School Kindergarten Fire Drills, single file out to the lower yard (closest to the Lake)……..Opening day fishing trips, then many many more during our pre-teen days………Pack a weekend nap-sack and hike a bit west of the Sunset Circle to heavily wooded spots off the beaten trail, lush with ivy, wild sorrel, eucalyptus, & minors lettuce all the way down to the shore, a hidden and very private oasis to visit over the years any time we chose…….Collecting Lake water for 5th grade science to examine under microscopes (any idea what’s in that stuff? stunning)……..Catching live Stickleback fish near the cement bridge to place in our aquariums…….Setting live ‘Have-a-Heart’ traps, just to see what you can catch & release……..The day a bunch of us kids watched the Police pull a corpse out of the North lake near Winston Drive, we were 10 years old, he was wearing a dark suit, birds pecking at his head, Stephen King’s Novella “The Body” comes to mind………Watching the authorized ‘once-a-year’ Jet Boat races on the North Lake……..The Saturday night unauthorized Drag Races on Brotherhood Way with easily hundreds of kids milling around the intersection near midnight…….Small bore rifle & gun safety classes at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club……. First jobs including Caddy gigs at Harding Park, then Field Work loading ‘Clays’ at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club with guys from Westmoor High School…...Sunset Circle ‘recreation’……….Later on, into the 1970’s, more firearms training at the SFPD Range…….Over 10 years of almost daily ‘running the lake’, about 5 miles if you started at the boat house and did not cut across the cement or wood bridges…..…..Remembering the loss of life when the Police Helicopter crashed into the lake……. Sailing lessons out of the old Boathouse…….Rowing crew with the Dolphin Club …….Lake Merced apartments were built, several friends moved in, good times continued, but recently one very close childhood friend died in his apartment……. More residential housing & churches built around Brotherhood Way…...Remains a great place for a walk, a hike, running, boating, rowing, (but don’t ever eat the fish)……

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