Posted by lemonjelly on:
Does anyone know what the backstory and current story is with the snack shack at Haskell's Beach?
It seems like a nicely constructed building, reminding me of the old bath/beach house down at East Beach, but in all my visits to Haskells it's been closed.
Is it ever open? Is it a city building or a Bacara one?
Coincidentally, at the moment I decided to post this query, I saw a Haskells article on Noozhawk, regarding the approval of new home construction in the area.
I took these photos earlier in November, during a lunchtime break. Obviously, the weather was strikingly beautiful that day, which is what brought me out to the beach in the first place. Haskells is an underappreciated gem that seems to constantly be in the middle of a quiet and bitter dispute over access rights. At this point, neither side is a Mother Theresa. It's either the Bacara - The Man, resentful, entitled; or the surfers - The Dude, resentful, entitled. Catch my drift?
Perhaps consider this solution: just go there. If you're in Goleta and looking for a nice walk, this is a place to visit. If you like beaches, this is a place to visit. If you like to look at Snowy Plovers, this is a place to visit. If you have your lunch with you, this is a place to visit. Because when more people visit, who aren't are either side of the extreme sense of possession of the spot, the more that sense of resentment is diluted.
There's a great parking area, and the path down to the beach is lined with California native plants. If you start walking back towards Santa Barbara there's a wooded walk area. If you keep on walking you'll eventually get to the Ellwood Bluffs and Coal Oil Point (make sure it's low tide). And if you walk further away from Santa Barbara there's tidepools and the picturesque Haskells Pier.
And there's a picnic bench to sit and eat your lunch, but you'll have to bring it yourself, because that darned snack shack is never open. Again, does anyone know what the deal is with that building?