Saturday, November 23, 2013
We finally found the entrance to Ft. Ord Dunes State Beach along Monterey Bay. On the spot where I took this from there used to be an enlisted mens' club that was commissioned by General Stillwell. It was an elegant place for the soldiers to relax and escape for a time during the wars. The interior was beautiful with large well lit rooms, huge fireplaces, reading rooms, and beautiful murals painted by WPA artists. In 2003 the building was torn down. The cliffs were eroding and the building had been battered by recent storms. The army tried to save the building, but nature won. I don't know if the murals were preserved. I know it was discussed. It will take some looking into. One would hope that, at the least, there are photo documents. Stillwell Hall was the first enlisted mens' club built. Prior to that only officers warranted such grand accommodation for their relaxation. The views of the bay were stupendous.
As we sat on the bluff a large school of Risso's Dolphins swam playfully by. They leaped behind the waves and surfed within them. For some reason every shot I took of those lovely dolphins came out extremely under exposed. Must have been my excitement at seeing another creature at play. We will just have to keep going back.
In bocca al lupo. m & v