When my husband, Den, and I moved to the Peninsula 18 years ago we soon learned to enjoy the boardwalk - but wondered how necessary it was. After all, the beach is great and did we need more?

Then came the beach trail, first it was graveled and eventually blacktopped. Again great, but the beach is natural and there.

A few years later Den had heart problems and the sandy beach was difficult to manage but he appreciated that level boardwalk. I did, too, after I had a hip replacement and needed a firm surface to walk on.

More years passed and Den began his battle with cancer, but for a while could handle the boardwalk with a walker. Later in his illness I was able to push him in a wheelchair along the ups and downs of the beach trail and we were both happy to still be able to see the ocean together.

Now he's gone, and I'm walking the well-paved beach trail alone, and I am grateful to have such a fine, safe place to help cope with my loss.

This letter is to send a huge thanks to everyone who had the foresight to plan such comfortable walkways. As I continue to "grow up," I appreciate the smoothness of them very much. Thanks,

AUDREY WOOD-GAINES

Ocean Park

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