Who among us has not been to the cliffs and probably gone a little too far in order to get the perfect view of the sunset or perfect picture to share with our friends?
The fact that it was a woman who was living in Chicago that died hits even closer to home for me. I’m a somewhat recent transplant from the Windy City, having transplanted to our beautiful beachfront utopia in the past year.
Since moving here, we have had a number of visitors from Chicago and the Midwest. We had guests visit over the holidays and took them to see what has to be considered one of the best sunset views in the world. We couldn’t have been more than a few yards from where Bachman fell.
Fortunately, we kept a somewhat safe distance as my friends took their dazzling pictures. But we could have easily tried to get one fateful step closer to make the shot that much better.
Chicago is an amazing city. I spent more than a decade there and in many ways still consider it my home. It is different from California, and San Diego, and especially Ocean Beach in so many ways. While there is some spectacular scenery, I can tell you Chicago has nothing like the Sunset Cliffs. But really, who does?
Chicago gets really, really cold. Southern Californians who haven’t experienced it would have a hard time imagining the feel of sub-zero temperatures. You may have heard of the recent “polar vortex” that engulfed Chicago and most of the Midwest – hell, it seemed like it had a hold of pretty much everywhere in the country but here.
That no doubt will draw more visitors to our area. I know our guest room is getting a workout and has more visitors from back home on the way.
I want to show our visitors how amazing things are here. I’m sure we all do. But let’s please take this as a warning to respect our surroundings. We see on an almost daily basis, that if you trifle with Mother Nature, she will mess you up.
We have the opportunity to show the rest of the world just how amazing this place is. Let’s not get overzealous in our quest to document this amazement.
I want friends and colleagues back in the Midwest to learn about the wonder and excitement of our community instead of the tragedy that comes from pushing the limit too far.