La Jolla Prospect St & South Coast Blvd Short Cut

What goes up - has trouble driving down

What goes down may get stuck!

In downtown La Jolla at the intersection of Prospect and Girard Street there is a short cut; a  set of stairs, about 150 yards long,  8 feet wide that goes to South Coast Blvd. below. This cool short cut always came in handy when the cops or someone else was chasing you.

After the bars close,  Meda drivers would drive down the stairs in 4-wheel drives, and/or in the infamous VW Bug for a late night thrill. One such feat, in either Bill Phanner (RIP) or Dean Burriston bug,  after a Mister Todds wild ride down, stopped at the bottom at the shocking look of a elderly couple taking a early morning stroll.

Sandy Woods the passenger, calmly stuck his head out of the sunroof, and asked them very politely, “Did you call for a cab?”

Others were not so lucky …

Bruce (last name withheld to protect the guilty) after getting back from being out-of-town went on a Meda bender with a few of his buddies. Afterwards,  he thought he would take the Mister Todds wild ride … but he had a bit of excitement when reaching the bottom!

Needless to say, the tow truck driver and cops got a chuckle out of this one!

Photo by Brian Munoz

Comments

  1. Belive it or not I made it many times in that Truck, the problem this time, well one of the problems! was they had welded in hand rails that narrowed the exit, by well! enough!!! notice the above mentioned rails i had to rent a sawsall to remove the rails laying on the pickle weed!! This was’nt the actual end resting point of the truck it was nicely tucked in until i got a tow truck hooked up to pull it out some dummass i wont mention was behind the wheel while i started to pull well he had the wheels turned just enough to climb the left side wall leaving the old boy in the photographed compromising possition!!! So You See none of this was my fault!!! LOL!!

  2. Believe it or not, the set of stairs is an actual street called ‘Ocean Avenue’…there are 4 addresses for the 4 little cottages.

  3. Dave Osborn says:

    I think Rick (Ricky Rocket) Johnson made all the way down the stairs in VW. Rocket has a motto “no body ask me for a ride twice”

  4. MARK DAMERON says:

    WHILE WE’RE ON THE VEHICULAR MISCONDUCT SUBJECT: DIDN’T I HEAR ABOUT A CERTAIN BIRD ROCK RESIDENT, WHO GOT HIS RED 1955 + / – DODGE / PLYMOUTH HUNG UP ON AN EARTH BANK, AFTER RUNNING OVER AT LEAST A DOZEN SAPLINGS (BABY TREES) IN THE DIRT ALLEY SOUTH OF MUIRLANDS DRIVE, THEN REPORTED HIS CAR MISSING/STOLEN. DOES ANYBODY ELSE REMEMBER THIS?

  5. Hey Kip, thanks for the details!!!!

    • Sorry Bruce – Brian made me do it, he sent the picture and blab blab blab … just think, you can now look back and laugh … cheers

  6. Believe me the cops were not laughing! They were really pissed off.
    Bruce told them the truck had been ripped off and driven down below the old Boll Wevel by the thief. He was sweating bullets.

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