Standring Lane on-going Tragedy

Today my big walk of the week was to get closer to the landslide on Standring Lane that happened on December 9th last year. The SUV is still on the beach, so this is an ongoing tragedy for this family plus a couple of other homeowners next door to them.

I wrote an article back in December with a short video that you might want to view as well.

Standring Lane car in surf

Back to today which was a wonderful blue sky day at the beach with a negative foot low tide at 11am.  I got to the beach a half hour early and was just able to get around a bulkhead at Seola. Once free of that obstacle, I started hiking rapidly down the beach.  I only had a half hour to get quite a ways before the tide turned on me.  I didn’t want to have to wade around that bulkhead on the way back.  My efforts were well worth it because I got close enough to document what is happening south of me.  And I did get wet feet by the way.  When I crossed Salmon Creek I got water up over my left boot resulting in soggy socks.

Here is a series of photos progressing in zoom.

Rocky beach headed south towards Standring Lane (in distance)
Rocky beach headed south towards Standring Lane (in distance)
Standring Lane north of Seahurst Park
Standring Lane north of Seahurst Park
Crushed car hood from landslide in Burien, WA
Crushed car hood from landslide in Burien, WA
SUV on the beach after landslide on Standring Lane
SUV on the beach after landslide on Standring Lane

To give you a feel for how far this hike was, here is a look back.  I have to go around that point you see in the distance to my Ocean View Beach.  Then back up the staircase to Marine View Drive (in Seattle proper).  Good exercise to be had on this adventure.

Looking North - that point is where I came from.
Looking North – that point is where I came from.

As I quickly navigated all the rocks on the beach this piece of car lens caught my eye.  I stuck it into my back pocket.  I forgot I had done that till I got home.  I think this is part of that car on the beach.  Or at least the odds are in that favor.

Car lens part found on beach - part of car in surf?
Car lens part found on beach – part of car in surf?

 

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