Wall Ball and Redwoods

16 September 2007

Redwoods and Wall Ball, 2007

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Presidio Historian, Randy Delehanty for a couple hours to work on captions for my photo book on the Presidio. He was kind and generous with his knowledge and the two hours we spent together flew by. He told me that in the process of restoring an old club house near Fort Scott they were uncovering stone terraces built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930’s and that I should check it out. The next day I did. The serpentine stone paths wind down to an old tennis club, then down and over a stone bridge above dragonfly creek and off to this wall ball court surrounded by coast redwoods. As anyone who knows me knows, I love trees – I was raised (partially) in big tree country in the Sierra Nevada foothills. When I walked onto that shaded quiet court, surrounded by redwoods it felt like the play grounds I used to play on as a kid (although our trees were incense cedars and big sugar pines). It felt like comfort food, it felt like home. I hope they never change it.

If you are into trees and literature, check out this book, it is amazing!

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