The weekend after my birthday, Jake and I visited Summerland, a quaint beach town just a couple miles north of Ventura. We had reservations at the popular and delicious breakfast cafe, got to rummage through downtown Summerland’s high-end flea market, and then finished the afternoon off with wine tasting. At the beginning of our day, we arrived early for our breakfast reservations so we decided to walk to Lookout Park that overlooked the beach. I was excited and intrigued because I spotted signs saying horse access. The park rested on top of the cliffs overlooking the beach below. It was a well maintained park with a climbing gym for children and even a self service dog washing station. All these new amenities made me feel like the park was very well kept. Those were my thoughts before I discovered the beach.
After spending some time on the top of the hill we decided to walk down to the beach. We went down a steep cemented path that led directly to the sandy beach. Immediately, we noticed a rainbow like color appearing in the waves and came to the conclusion it was oil suspended in the water. As we approached the beach their were signs saying to beware of the oil in the water and washed up on the beach. The signs mentioned that swimming in the ocean at this location is a health risk and that dogs should be monitored as well. This made me realize that maybe the self service dog wash at the top of the hill was not so much an extra amenity for public use; but as a way to deal with dogs being covered in oil after being at the beach. I was stunned that such a significant problem is occurring in such a high income area and it made me think: are they trying to solve the problem or are they just waiting for it to go away?