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previously attempted Sun, Nov 1, 2009|
I had actually been to the park a day earlier, when I was joined by Tom for one of our semi-regular hicnics. We had visited the old growth redwoods before returning to the small manmade lake near the parking lot where we had a few bottles of wine to start our picnic. After about half an hour, we struck up a conversation with a pair of gentlemen carrying gear boxes from one of the closed trails. Seems they were doing some noise monitoring for the aircraft that fly over the area. A ranger came by during this discussion, first engaging the two gentlemen who he'd seen come off the forbidden trail. He seemed to take his job pretty seriously and began asking about permits and interagency commmunications and the like. Tom and I kept up our part of the conversation with occasional interjections, prompting the ranger to turn to us briefly and say, "I'll get to you two in a minute." Tom and I looked at each other and sort of shrugged. "I think we're getting a ticket," I whispered, not having any idea what the alcohol laws were for the OSP. After the conversation with the two technicians ended cordially, the ranger turned to give us his full attention, asking "Have you any picnic supplies?" Ha! I knew instantly where that question had come from. The local magistrates for the City of Los Gatos in their infinite wisdom and desire to drink in public themselves, must have had inserted a provision for beer and wine to be consumed in the park with a picnic lunch or dinner. I happily opened my daypack to reveal gouda cheese, pastrami slices, fresh fruit and vegetables, hummus, crackers and dessert, too. I don't know if he was disappointed or not, but the ranger seemed to relax at this, explaining the ordinance that I had already surmised. No ticket today. After a bit more discussion he went on his way while Tom and I finished off our wine and dug into the lunch supplies...
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