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Summer Fun at Your Secret Beach

Uploaded: Jul 17, 2016

The Food Party! did a little picnic and beach cleanup this week. We took the leftovers from the Mt. Cagan Tiger party, and set out to my secret boogie board beach; from now on know only as Secret Beach, because, of course, I can not tell you the actual name, or where it is located. What do you think I am, nutts? (But hint… if you’ve been a Food Party! regular, you may recall the name was mentioned a few years ago….)

Last time I was at Secret Beach, it was a mess! Trash everywhere.

And it’s not like there are no signs encouraging people to remove their crap.

But no matter, there was junk left all over. I left feeling frustrated and sad.

So this time I decided to do something about it. I brought garbage bags and gave back to the place I have enjoyed so many, many times. And this time left feeling pumped. It was totally inspiring! What a great summer thing to do. Spend some time at your favorite beach, and when you are done, walk your gear back to your car, then head out one more time with bag and plastic gloves in hand. Just spend a half hour cleaning up. It’s a perfect compliment to any beach day, and it makes you feel great!

Oh, but don’t leave your bags on the beach because animals come pick them open and the trash blows all over. So please take the bag with you and dispose at the nearest trash can. At Secret Beach specifically, if you leave the bags just off Highway 1, Caltrans comes and picks them up.

Enjoy the coast, but remember these special words found only at Secret Beach…

Local Flavor
Stop by Design Within Reach July 30th, for Design Days. We will be Food Partying! on Saturday with a free workshop, How to Set a Stunning Table, from 12:30 PM – 2 PM. Join us!

Design Within Reach
447 University Avenue, Palo Alto

And speaking of old blogs...fellow Food Partier! Rob contacted me this week off line, in response to the 2014 blog, The Dude Abides.

Rob writes:
" Hi Laura. I came across your blog. Good stuff! If you ever need a Big Lebowski lookalike for a party let me know. A lot of my fans are techies,VC'S and other Silicon Valley residents. I like Palo Alto. Take care!" - Dude

Anyone need a Dude look-a-like?

You never know what you might find at The Food Party!, now do you?

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West,
on Jul 20, 2016 at 1:34 pm

"if you leave the bags just off Highway 1, Caltrans comes and picks them up"

Oh! That's so nice of them!
That's littering - a $1000 fine in California.

Posted by Maker, a resident of Adobe-Meadow,
on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Trash has been an issue there for a while. There is also unchecked camping going on. This is one of the last "free" beaches in the area w/out ranger patrols and such so people who cannot do things on the State beaches(like bring in generators for amplified music parties) come here.

I have a feeling the state is going to move in one day and clean it all out due to the abuse. It's an example of stupid people ruining a good thing and lawless people seeking out an area where they can carry out their lawless behavior. With the transient camps, it's downright dangerous at night time.

Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Jul 21, 2016 at 7:09 am


It's actually a win-win from what I could access from both a beach goer and neighbor.

And I guess all we can do is keep educating people about value public lands, right Maker? I never understand how people can have such disregard for other people and places, but I guess it's what they know. What they've seen in life. Hopefully we lead the way to better awareness by example.

Posted by Sara, a resident of another community,
on Feb 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

Ours is very sad to see that some people do not take care of the place that they enjoy as leisure. Congratulations on your work, may this be an inspiration to those who do not have this same thought.


Posted by Karla, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton,
on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:09 am

I have a blog and I posted something similar. Very good.

Posted by shaggy1991, a resident of Los Altos Hills,
on Aug 21, 2017 at 3:54 am

shaggy1991 is a registered user.


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