The Dachshunds got their sea legs on yesterday when we went over to the Berkeley Marina Pier for a long walk on Saturday morning. I've been trying to avoid the dreaded California foxtails that are so prolific right now in the park since our last trip to the vet with Nooner, so the pier was a nice alternative to keep them safe. I started a conversation with another walker when we were both wondering why half the pier was cut off. So after a little research I discovered that the pier was built in the early 1900's for freight use and was originally 3.5 miles long! After the Bay Bridge was opened in 1939 the pier was converted to recreation fishing and eventually portions of the pier fell into decay. Throughout the years it has been upgraded and renovated and about 50' of it was demolished to allow small boats to sail through to the other side of the harbor.
We met quite a few fishermen and women as we walked down but none of them had caught any fish yet. One gentleman told us that a few sea lions had been scaring away all the fish that morning! Or was it the hounds barking at all the other dogs?
But it was fun talking to everyone on the pier and Hazel definitely enjoyed all the attention as well as smelling everyone's bait boxes! So many smells, so little time! If you live in or visit the East Bay then skip the over-popular dog park, Point Isabel, and head over to the Berkeley Marina! You'll enjoy the laid back attitude of the dog owners and enjoy the wide open space!