3:45pm - Truck stuck on Sir Francis Drake at Dream Farm Road, traffic backed up with no turn arounds. (Thx AP)
Just got back from an errand in Point Reyes Station. Long lines at our Highway One stop signs, at Bear Valley Road and here on Levee Road.

Wouldn't it be cool if the California Highway Patrol were posted at these intersections to direct traffic on holiday weekends like this one?
From yesterday: @MarinSheriff advises so many visitors to West Marin beaches and parks have led to local restaurants running out of food yesterday,
BIRD ALERT: A Brown Booby was spotted out by Chimney Rock yesterday. If you don't have one on your list, now is your chance. (thanks TinyLongWing)
This crew was putting out some good vibes on gorgeous day in Point Reyes today. Did anyone get their band name? They left before I could ask.
Lead story in the Point Reyes Light this week: "As the ranch’s manager, Rodney Martinelli, tells it, a cow with a festering bullet wound to the head leapt a corral fence and led him and two friends on an hours-long chase that ended with the cow’s death, and one man’s broken leg." Photo by Dave Briggs.
http://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/cow-head-wound-breaks-mans-leg
12:47am - Busy day today. "Rescue helicopter Henry 1 rescues a surfer in distress near Dillon Beach." There is a large swell filling in today, please use extreme caution near the beaches and don't necessitate a Henry 1 visit.
https://twitter.com/FriendsOfHenry1
Thank you West Marin Feed for your help in getting information out to our West Marin communities! This service to your neighbors and those we serve is invaluable. Times are changing, people demand to have and know more information sooner than later and we at the Sheriff's Office are taking steps to meet those demands.

The West Marin Feed has been instrumental in helping us achieve this task for which, as the Spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office and the County during emergency of catastrophic events, I appreciate greatly!

This mornings example of you getting info out to our residents in Woodacre and San Geronimo Valley is exactly the kind of communication we need to continue to promote between the Sheriff's Office (and Govt) and those we serve.

Keep up the good work work!

Doug Pittman,
CMDR - Sheriff's Patrol Divison
8:23am - @MarinSheriff deputies have located 2nd suspect in Woodacre search, no other subjects wanted, suspect in custody.
8:15am BREAKING NEWS : Man on the run from sheriffs department wearing an orange traffic vest, jeans and missing a shoe. Call 911 if you see him. Sheriff just told me this at bottom of Redwood Canyon. CHP aircraft now on-scene aiding in search effort in Woodacre. @SanRafaelPolice K9 also assisting. One female suspect caught after CHP car chase and crash, male suspect fled on foot.

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150212/manhunt-underway-near-woodacre-after-high-speed-chase-ends-in-fiery-crash

A suspect is at large in the hills of Woodacre on Thursday morning after a chase in which a speeding car crashed into a creek and erupted in flames.

A woman who also fled the vehicle following the incident at 6:26 a.m. was held for questioning.

Authorities said a California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop a car for a speeding violation, triggering a chase that ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into San Geronomio Creek near Redwood and Carson avenues. The car burst into flames.
7:44am - @marincountyfire: Hy 1 down to one lane between Tomales and Nick's Cove. Large tree in the roadway.Unknown time for complete opening.
12:11pm - Lots of smoke across the bay right now, anyone know what's going on? Control burn? (Thx DW)
Some serious beach foam getting whipped up at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes yesterday.
6:06pm - Power lines touching trees caused some flames to appear in Inverness. Scary stuff, PG&E quickly turned the power off.
4:15pm - Sounds like power lines on tree on Balboa Ave. They're blocking road and waiting for PGE. Proceed with caution in area.
2:16pm - Power just went out on Escondido Way in Inverness. Anyone else lose power?
11:59am - Trees are starting to come down now. Possibly a tree down on Shorline Hwy by Bear Valley Rd. Another tree possibly down on Rt. 1 south of Nick's Cove. If you have to drive, go slow, be safe.
Ottingers Hill on SFD heading into NPRS still closed, going to be a couple of more hours, if not longer. It's a mess.
Via KWMR: "Tree down blocking both lanes of Sir Francis Drake at the bottom of Ottingers Hill reported at 5:38 am." Stay tuned to KWMR for more updates. Any other damage reports?
Secret Spot of the Day. Do you know where this is?
A couple of people have mentioned this to me earlier, and today I just got the 'fake IRS' call on my mobile phone. A recorded voice that said I was under investigation and needed to call a certain number immediately. Even though it was obviously fake, it's still unnerving. Be careful, let people know, especially those who might not get it.

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Scam-Phone-Calls-Continue-IRS-Unveils-New-Video-to-Warn-Taxpayers
Morning magic here in Inverness. Calm before the storm?
"No matter where you are on Earth, look eastward as soon as darkness falls. The full moon and the dazzling planet Jupiter will couple up together just above the eastern horizon at nightfall. Think photo opportunity!"

http://earthsky.org/tonight/full-moon-and-jupiter-from-dusk-till-dawn-on-february-3-4
YES! "After quiet weather with warm temperatures through Wednesday, we are keeping an eye on a substantial change in the weather slated for Thursday through Sunday. Confidence remains high that rain will return to our area later this week as a moist flow off the Pacific will bring rainfall back to our area." - NWS Bay Area

https://www.facebook.com/NWSBayArea
Skipping the Super Bowl? Then check out the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir at The Dance Palace tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 1) at 4:00pm. This is a sliding scale event, no one turned away. It will be an amazing show, check the choir out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPFEdYX9boU and more info here: https://dancepalace.org/events/oakland-interfaith-gospel-choir
Secret Spot of The Day: Do you know where this is? Have you ever been there? (thx EO)
A section of Highway 1 by Muir Beach that was washed out during December storms is set to reopen by noon Thursday, according to Caltrans. "It's ahead of schedule," said Steve Williams, a Caltrans spokesman. "The work basically went non-stop once it started. The weather really helped out."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27415924/highway-1-set-reopen-thursday
"Another time we were thinking of opening a restaurant in Inverness, a town fifteen miles or so away from Drake’s Bay north of San Francisco, where the waiters would be well-known poets of our acquaintance who’d work there for a week or two and then be replaced by other poets." - from a rememberance of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Mark Strand. Sounds good to me. (thx DP)

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/jan/24/mark-strand-living-gorgeously/
Sonoma Sheriff's Helicopter Unit, Henry 1, had a busy weekend: "A woman injured in a fall was rescued by helicopter Saturday from the lighthouse at the Point Reyes National Seashore." That's what all the sirens were about on Saturday. Nice to know we've got such good team watching our backs.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3433340-181/sonoma-county-sheriffs-helicopter-aids
5:25pm - Single motorcycle accident on Route One south of Tomales. Sounds like they're bringing the Reach helicopter in, hope everything is ok.
Question: Why do people bag up the dog poop but then leave it on the trail? Is there a reason? Who's supposed to pick it up? This is not the first time I've seen this happen, so I'm curious.
Goat Video Update: They are at D Ranch by Drakes Beach happily eating invasive plants and being pretty cute. #goats #lawnmower
This guy was ruling the waves this afternoon at Drakes in Point Reyes. #microsurfer
9:38am - Anyone know what's going with all the loud, gun-shot like noises on the bay this morning? Are those hunters? Using bazookas?
High surf advisory starting Friday at 6am through the weekend. Very solid west swell with waves approaching 20 feet. If you go to the beach, stay away from the water, and let others know as well.
Local photographer and former park ranger Carlos Porrata has a photo show opening at The Dance Palace this weekend, the reception is at 1:00pm on Saturday. If you've seen his work, you know how amazing it is and how much he loves this place. This is a photo he shot this week of a Bobcat hanging with some Elk in Point Reyes. See you there!

https://dancepalace.org/events/art-lobby-%E2%80%93-carlos-porrata
"Officials with Point Reyes National Seashore will begin an experiment next week to reduce the invasive plant species on about 12 acres of national parkland, the officials said." Apparently they can't mow due to red-legged frogs being around and goats eat what cattle, elk and deer won't. The interwebs found this story mildly amusing and it's gone somewhat viral.

http://www.thedailymeal.com/park-service-will-deploy-herd-goats-chomp-invasive-plants-point-reyes
At the Palace Market this morning. I'm starting to see a theme here. (via Kathy Gower)
Elephant Seal frat party at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes. Quite the raucous crew. Lots of very cute pups out there too.
Spotted in town this morning. Just another day in Point Reyes. (thx RH)
12:49pm - CHP sitting by Perry's reminding people to drive slow and safe.
"Dewey Livingston knew by the trees and surroundings that this was Inverness, and more specifically Tomales Bay State Park, and the woman looked to be conservationist Caroline Livermore. We concluded the date of the photograph was circa 1950." Turned out to be the dedication of the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial in 1952. Read the original article, good stuff.

https://annetkent.kontribune.com/articles/5638
7:21am - Accident on Olema Hill, one lane closed. Take alternate route if you can. (Thx BE)
11:35am - There is a macaw that is in the eucalyptus trees near the "sand castle" (by the senior housing in Point Reyes Station). The hawks are going after it. (thx RH)
7:45am - Heavy, heavy fog this morning. Drive very carefully, plan for delays.
On a lighter note, I spotted this guy frollicking in the waves today out at North Beach in Point Reyes. Whales all over the place. And that's not a small whale, that's a big wave, be careful if you head out there.
Just in case you live way out in the woods and haven't heard this yet. The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed from midnight Friday night (tonight) until Monday at 4am. They're installing this nifty new moveable safety barrier and eliminating those brave dudes who drop the yellow cones in the holes. Kind of sad if you ask me. But hopefully safer for everyone.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Movable-median-barrier-coming-to-Golden-Gate-5501070.php#photo-6346769
10:46am - Haven't heard official word yet, but it sounds like the Pygmy Sperm whale that they found on a beach in Point Reyes yesterday isn't going to make it. Apparently he was a juveline, poor little guy. This picture is from KGO via SFGate.
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Grim-prospects-for-beached-whale-in-Point-Reyes-6004603.php
Press Democrat has a story today about the challenges of cleaning up the now defunct Drake's Bay Oyster Farm: "Ben Becker, the national seashore’s marine ecologist, said he saw several hundred oyster strings on two wooden oyster growing racks during a snorkeling survey conducted from a 12-foot outboard motor boat this week, when the videos were taken."
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3341521-181/shellfish-litter-add-to-point?artslide=19
"A pygmy sperm whale beached itself in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday afternoon, according to the Marine Mammal Center. The 5- to 6-foot whale was alive at some point after it stranded, but its body was bloodied and it was unclear if the animal would survive." Please be respectful and leave it in peace so that scientists can examine it and learn what happened. A beautiful creature, very sad.

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27285805/pygmy-sperm-whale-beaches-point-reyes-national-seashore?source=rss
Surfer’s ring, lost on Bolinas beach in 1979, returned after 35 years. Remember, there's always hope...
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ring-gets-returned-after-35-years-6000024.php#photo-7359788
"Biologists who monitor the seal population recently spotted the first pup of the season born on the beach at Point Reyes. Most pups are born in January, and initially are about 3 to 4 feet long and weigh about 60 pounds. "

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27257671/elephant-seals-putting-show-at-point-reyes

Photo by Kent Porter at the Press Democrat:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/gallery/3325499-181/elephant-seals-at-point-reyes
Point Reyes officially entered Spanish maps on January 6, 1603 when Sebastian Vizcaino sighted the headlands on the Roman Catholic feast day of the three wise men. Following Spanish tradition, the headlands were named after these religious figures: "la Punta de los Reyes" or the Point of the Kings. (thx EP).

http://www.nps.gov/pore/historyculture/people_europeanexplorers.htm
A digital camera in black bag was lost on or around the Kehoe trail or parking lot Sunday, January 4th. Reward offered. If you've seen it or know anything about it, please leave a comment below. Thanks. (LL)
West Marin Mosquito Council meeting tonight. 7pm. Bolinas firehouse. Please attend to show the district that West Marin citizens still strongly support LOW toxic protocols for mosquito control.

http://westmarincitizen.com/announcements/wmmc-meets-january-6-bolinas-firehouse/
Interesting way to memorialize your very special day. At The Old Western Saloon on the bar. Love the guy sitting on the stool. Maybe this was all Ken Fulk's idea. Photo by B.J. Martin.
https://twitter.com/bjmartin/status/552190817763205120
Full moon rising! Look for it! "The January 2015 full moon is the first full moon after the December 21 solstice. In North America, we often this full moon the Wolf Moon, Old Moon or Moon After Yule. Astronomically speaking, the moon is full at the moment that it’s most opposite the sun in its orbit (180 from the sun in celestial or ecliptic longitude). For general reference, however, we can say the moon is full all night tonight, lighting up the nighttime from dusk until dawn." This picture is the same moon, tonight, in Italy.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/january-full-moon-mimics-path-of-july-sun
Here's some inspiration for the New Year. A great post about how Colin Carpenter built this gorgeous, completely off-the-grid house in Inverness a few years ago. Living the dream.
http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-concept/colins-coastal-cabin/
Maybe Ken Fulk and Hidden Dragon should take some notes...
Hadn't dawned on me that people might even try: "Point Reyes Visitors Warned Against Collecting Shellfish At Closed Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Site"

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/01/02/park-service-shellfish-drakes-bay-oyster-company-point-reyes/

The company plans to hold one last party to thank those who have supported them over the years. The potluck, which is open to the public, will take place Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Point Reyes Station’s Green Barn, at 540 Mesa Road.
New Year's Resolution: Where is the one place in West Marin you haven't been to in awhile (or ever) and are going to get to this year?

You could start here, what is the name of this spot?

Photo by Steve Bratman:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkdenver/11185299866
Comet Lovejoy will be the first naked eye comet of 2015, so check it out tonight when you're celebrating New Year's Eve, the green glow is amazing.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/12/30/comet_lovejoy_the_first_naked_eye_comet_in_2015.html
WIND ALERT: NWS has issued a wind alert from 7am Tuesday to 12pm on Wednesday. "A fast moving...Cold...And dry storm system will sweep through the area late tonight and tuesday morning. Strong and gusty north to northeast winds will develop beginning tuesday morning through midday wednesday. Strongest winds are expected in the hills of the north and east bay. The time period of strongest winds will be between late tuesday afternoon and late tuesday night. Winds will gradually subside on wednesday."

Plan accordingly, be safe.

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=usa&wwa=wind%20advisory
So did anyone go? How was it? Star power in Point Reyes...
7:28am - Intense fog going over the hill and CHP at the reservoir. Drive safe! And it's a spare the air day...
Shaping up to be another epic day in Point Reyes. (Who sees the flying cloud bird?)
They said there were whales, and there were whales. We got to the Point Reyes Lighthouse around 8:30am and saw 11 whales in about an hour. Perfect whale watching weather right now.
95 #whales seen from the Point Reyes Lighthouse yesterday! Better watching conditions today...maybe we'll see a hundred! - via Point Reyes NPS
7:31pm - A couple of police cars just flew up Route One heading towards Marshall. Sounds like there may be a high speed chase in progress. Anyone see them go by?
A gorgeous sunset out at Limantour Beach caps off a beautiful day in Point Reyes.
Sounds like 'Hidden Dragon' might pale in comparison to what Ken Fulk is bringing to town: "Fulk is creating a summer compound in Inverness for philanthropists Alexis and Trevor Traina, with an old-time fishing-camp theme. “He imagines design like an Old World theater director,” Alexis Traina said, “where every single detail is a rich, sensory experience that tells a piece of a great story hatched by Ken and his clients.”"

http://www.sfgate.com/style/article/Ken-Fulk-The-life-of-the-party-has-arrived-5978204.php
12:18pm - "Traffic is now open both directions on Lucas Valley Rd after tree took out power lines Wednesday." Phew, hopefully that's the last post about that.
9:28am - Repair crews still hanging power lines along Lucas Valley Road near Skywalker Ranch in #MarinCounty. Road remains closed to all but locals. - @maringov
3:33pm - Early indication: it will be midnight before Lucas Valley Road is fully reopened. @CHPMarin could open a single lane sooner.
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