Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite authors, and serendipitously, I live in the town where he did much of his writing in the sixties and seventies. So, this summer, we decided to do a survey of the local sidewalks, hoping we might find the end that inspired him. After all, the book was published while he lived here.
I know, I know...metaphor, you say, it’s just a metaphor. Moreover, are any of the sidewalks the same now as they were in the sixties? It’s true, some things have changed. One of Shel Silverstein’s close friends gave a presentation here not too long ago, and he mentioned a Sausalito gas station that sold gas, guns, ammo, and a variety of not-usually-over-the-counter drugs. I can say with a decent amount of certainty that such an establishment no longer exists. But the condition of some Sausalito sidewalks gives me hope that maybe not everything has changed in the past 50 years.
Our criteria: sidewalks terminating at roads and crosswalks do not qualify since they're not really ends. And sidewalks that stop at driveways also don’t have the “end” quality we are seeking. Everything else is fair game.
Without further ado, our tour of Sausalito sidewalks and their ends—check out our Google Map if you want to visit them yourself and/or add any we’ve missed: