Sea Lane, La Jolla – Horseshoes and Tourists

Dean Buriston, Jeff Mowery, Chris Hendricks and Richard Krug at the foot of Sea Lane - photo by Dean Burristion

L-R - Dean Burriston, Jeff Mowery, unknown, and Richard Krug checking out the beach at the foot of Sea Lane - photo by Dean Burristion

During summer you would have hard a hard time beating the lifestyle of the popular strand of Sea Lane beach in La Jolla California. The secluded beach was just another saga in the life of Mac Meda … it was not a place for the tourist to go. And it did become a popular place for that romantic  late night spot.

Many men became men and many a fair women lost their virginity; Sea Lane, romping in the sand did not mean building sand castles.

Unlike WindanSea, Sea Lane did not have an endless flow of traffic, the secluded beach was about a 1/2 mile north. It offered the locals free sand and plenty of space to sun worship, drink, dive, drink, body whomp, drink, play horseshoes drink, and volleyball. In was very common for the WindanSea wall gang to misdirect those tourist asking, “Were’s Sea Lane or Marine St?”

seal-lane-horseshoesThe common misdirections were head up Nautilus to you get to the top of the hill, and depending on the spirit of the mind at the time and how many beers one had, either directed them to the Shores or down to Pacific Beach. One thing for sure, once they got to the top of Nautilus, they were really messed up and that got a ton of laughs.

Beside the fact one had to be a good swimmer to get past the shore break at times, it was no problem finding a spot to spread your towel, lawn chair and most important, your cooler. The umbrella was a huge mistake because it was a clear-cut sign of tourism.

Locals would park at the top; scan the beach and BS with those heading for a bit of horseshoe or volleyball. People like Jack MacPherson and Nick Wyre would set up nets Friday afternoon and when Sunday arrived if they were sober enough to pack them away, they would. More likely the nets were out for the week and during summer, well, the whole summer.

The Quints lived right at the bottom of Sea land, the Janis clan a 1/2 block up; Eric Die and the Mowerys around the corner. And up a few short blocks and across the blvd, the infamous White Cottage with the white picket fence … where one would think this perfect setting would roost the All-American family.

Buzzz wrong! … that’s where Little John Sylvada’s and his huge Great Dane, Conrad lived. Oh …  do we have some posts and comments coming up for this place…


  1. jerry garich says:

    There was also gary cummings, mike jones, steve manns, steve roel, doug moranville, occasionally dave grund, keith liberty, steve dam, linda bradley, cassandra & cheebs linder, linda koshley, les stouffen, etc, etc,. Loved those parties at leonard janis’ house!!

  2. Just ask Dean

  3. its not only Bart behind Mow, but there leaning on the Pink stink

  4. its 100% dave bartlett behind Mow

  5. Mark Lere says:

    Yes that is Robin Wood alright behind Jeff-Mark Lee

  6. My aunt took me to Marine Street when I was about 10 (1981 or so). As soon as I could drive I was womping all the time. Does anyone remember the poem on the wall that was there in the late 80’s. His body is gone, his soul lives on, he watches with care, he will always be there. (cant remember the name) Posted By JAKE B.

    • John Rivera says:

      Ask Glenn Chase. He painted the wall every few years. He changed it from “Death to Invaders” probably meaning tourist.

  7. Whoever it is, he has an ace bandage on his knee. Likely from some Mac Meda related antic?!

  8. Dan Dameron says:

    I think it’s Robin Wood behind Mow

  9. No, think that is Beaver.

  10. I think that’s Lebos sitting on the car behind Jeff. Hard to say for sure.

  11. Dan Dameron says:

    Lebos and Darby made pee balls (urine and sand) and threw them at everyone.

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