"Trampers Get Wet"

Made a Pedestrian Trip to Arch Rock Sunday.

The Trampers' Annex of the Los Angeles Athletic Club took their regular tri-weekly outing in a trip to Arch Rock on Sunday. The party made an early train for Port Los Angeles, from which place they walked about four miles north on the beach to Arch Rock. A visit was also made to the old Portuguese fisherman’s camp, a half mile further on. A number of views of the picturesque scenery in the vicinity were obtained, after which the now hungry trampers began to make tracks for the bounteous repast which they know was awaiting them in Santa Monica, some six miles away.

A rainstorm was encountered before arriving at their destination, and though their clothes received a thorough drenching it failed to dampen their ardor in the least, and a most enjoyable time was had at the dinner table until it was time for the train to leave for this city. The members of the annex who participated In the outing are as follows: T. H. Bearing, F. Ryder. Abe Jacoby, I. Marschutz, A. E. Slaught, James Ryan, O. E. Smith, Ed Wolfstein and Walter McStay.

The Whittier Reform School was selected as the objective point for the next outing.

H2O MAGAZINE Spring 1979

"Last Tango in Topanga"

Photos by Anthony Friedkin

Last January the Topanga Beach community was humbled in the sand, finally overtaken by the State of California and put to the torch after years of threats and warnings. The community lived for years on intimate but precarious terms with the codes and laws promulgated by the L.A. Athletic Club and the State of California. Hoping to see legal daylight, the community hired scores of lawyers and experts to roll back the crushing weight of the law, but like Sisyphus only to watch their tireless efforts go up in smoke. At this time the beachfront resembles a stretch of the Sahara waiting to be paved over by asphalt on which parking facilities, food stands and public restrooms are to be built.

Friedkin's photographs portray in vivid terms the incursion of social change, the decomposition of a community of beach dwellers and the death of an era. Depicting the murder of a sacrificial victim in the veiled form of a house, Freidkin records the collective resistance of its inhabitants against the special interests of the faceless state and its system of justice.

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