Friday, August 7, 2009

Return To Blue Hole

Unlike Rufus, who wonders how many of us may have been conceived here, I am a relative newcomer to Blue Hole Park. My kids all hung out here once upon a time, but I only casually passed through (passing though is no longer allowed for motorized traffic), until the spring floods of 2007 took Blue Hole away from us.

It was then that I became interested! My hostility grew as our "conservative" infested city gu'ment waited nearly a year for FEMA funds, which they decided they needed for the resurrection of the park. I hope they at least said "thank you", if they indeed got the funds which I feel should not have gone for civic projects.
...A view of Blue Hole from north bank
Today, after my last Saturday's trip down to Austin and Bull Creek Park, I vowed to check out the cliffs on the north side of Blue Hole. It appears that these cliffs are the living rock of which the ancient seabed was made. These have not been upended or fallen into position like the "gravity wall" at Bull Creek. So, while I was on this side, I took an overview photo of the picnic area I visited last week.
...A different world
In the years it has taken me to grow up, things have changed on our world. This access to the cliffs is still used, but seems quite adventurous by today's standards.
...Sign of the times
We often see relics of times gone by, and do not know for sure what purpose they served. Here on the cliffs is a sign saying "Unlawful to jump or dive from the cliffs", and ironically, it's directly adjacent to a footing which looks very much as if it once supported a diving board.
Another footing? This is not the same as the one near the sign. Could there have been a second diving board, even higher than the first? How fun-loving and adventurous were our forebears! (And of course. those of our younger generation who scoff at oppressive city rules).



malcolm said...

Willie, I once saw a comedian on TV that expounded on the fact that it's a mystery that any of us "oldsters" are actually alive to tell about things like: BB guns, driving with no seat belts, not locking your doors at night, actually leaving your child outside of a store for few minutes, etc. I'm sure a lot of the modern changes were needed because of horrendous accidents and situations, but it is truly amazing to have survived at all!

Willie C said...

Things were different, that's a fact Malcolm. "It takes a village" was not some derogatory phrase to make fun of someone's book title. It was practiced.

Bankers knew you, a visit to the family doctor cost $5, not $130, and we were much less "urbanized". Those days will never come again, but it appears that we're not really doing a great job of adjusting to a changing world.

I just heard today that it's becoming harder to fly because of new restrictions on "security". Security from what?