Today’s path of wood planks covered by sand is intended to keep walker off of environmentally sensitive areas. There are no surprises ahead. If you stick to the path, you will do no harm. Ropes held up by metal poles serve as a reminder to stay away. The chief benefactor of this path by Carmel Beach is the unique black legless lizard which can only be found in Monterey County, California. I’ve actually never seen one, but then again, I always stay on the path. Live and let live.