Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Langley was originally hung over the edge of the bluff, just like Coupeville and Seattle, but at some point a seawall was constructed and the base of the bluff was filled (a common practice on South Whidbey). The park is a wonderful amenity and provides great access along the shore, but it also eliminates the entire upper portion of the beach (one doesn't walk this beach when the tide is in). It's sandy at the east end, except for the ugly riprap at the base of the wall. The beach is more gravelly to the west. And a little farther west, there is actually a forested, unarmored bluff that reminds us of what it all must have once looked like (well, there were probably some bigger trees).