"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.
As of four hours ago, Lucas Valley Road still closed, anyone have any updated info? "Lucas Valley Road remains closed this morning because of downed power lines. Trees have been removed. Waiting on @PGE4Me." - @maringov
Jack Frost was in Point Reyes and Inverness this morning. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
4:11pm - Lucas Valley Road between San Rafael and West Marin closed both directions due to large tree and power lines down. Closed until tomorrow. - via @MarinSheriff
4:00pm - Tree down north of Hog Island on Route One. Fire Dept. says it will take about two hours to clear, not sure if road is fully closed.
3:21pm - Just got a report that a power line is down on Lucas Valley Drive about 10 minutes away from 101, road is closed for now. (thx CJ)
Christmas Eve Secret Spot; Where is this and why are they there?
Rare bird alert! LeConte's Sparrow seen at Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes. #rarebirdalert #pointreyes - via @AudubonCA
SF Chronicle gives some well deserved love to Steve and Kate today: "“Steve came to me with his idea, and I said it would never work, the community was too small,” recalls Malcolm Margolin, the publisher of Heyday Books in Berkeley. “He proved me wrong. But it turned out he wasn’t buying a bookstore, he was opening a community center.”" Shop local! (thx MM)

http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Books-Book-store-has-become-Point-Reyes-5973733.php
A nice holiday story: "A tiny shopping shuttle that has made a big difference to seniors in rural communities including Point Reyes Station and Inverness got a new lease on life this week as Marin transit officials renewed grant funding. Kathy Hart of Point Reyes Station told transit officials the shopping shuttle has been life changing for her and others, including a man she said emerged from virtual seclusion to join others on shuttle trips."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27165592/tiny-transit-program-big-help-west-marin-seniors?source=rss_viewed&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
It's the December Solstice today! First day of winter and the shortest day (longest night) of the year. Go for a walk, build a fire, and get cozy tonight. Birds on a wire from the park today.

http://earthsky.org/tonight/southernmost-sun-brings-december-21-solstice
2:01pm - Slide blocking one lane Route 1 between Stinson and Bolinas, should be cleaned up soon, just be aware (via CHPMarin).
11:40am - Received a report that Walker Creek is completely flooded and only trucks with a high clearance can pass. Anyone else have a recent update from there? (thx SG)
6:42am - Ok, get ready for the next round of rain, because here it comes. Drive safe!
Diane Harley needs help with a hit and run incident today on Sunnyside near Drake's View Drive. If you live in the neighborhood and might be able to help her identify the car/driver, contact her here: dianeharley@horizoncable.com Thank you.
One more storm to go. "Marin is due for a brief respite from rain with light showers forecast for Wednesday, but another storm is expected early Friday before a week of dry weather. The storm front Friday morning may bring up to another inch of rain."

http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_27153882/new-storm-heads-soggy-marin?source=rss
Boom. Nicasio Reservoir is officially overflowing. (thx AP and EV).
Perfect rainbow over Point Reyes.
Another welcome sight. Where is this? And where is your favorite waterfall? Do you have a photo of it?
The Living Seed Company in Point Reyes owned by Astrid and Matt Hoffman have a Kickstarter campaign going to help upgrade their seed saving program. It's a very cool little company doing some good work and they only have 44 hours to hit their goal, check it out: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/livingseed/growing-a-delicious-beautiful-and-sutainable-futur
6:11pm - Wow. That's some heavy rain.
6:13pm - A Special Marine Warning was just issued for a Thunderstorm north of Pt. Reyes. Mariners are advised to seek safe harbor immediately. Thunderstorms like this can produce sudden waterspouts. - @NWSBayArea

https://nwschat.weather.gov/vtec/#2014-O-NEW-KMTR-MA-W-0029/USCOMP-N0Q-201412160155
Rainbows all over Nicasio! Any in Point Reyes? (Thx dw)
Local West Marin artist Ido Yoshimoto is featured in SFGate this morning in an article about a new online marketplace called 'Edition Local'. Ido's work is beautiful with a lot of soul, the site does a great job of capturing the essence of what he does, check it out: http://www.editionlocal.com/edition-1-ido-yoshimoto

The SFGate article is here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Edition-Local-an-online-marketplace-for-makers-in-5954004.php
7:49am - Lots of trees down this morning. One was already cleared off of Sir Francis Drake in Samuel P. Taylor. I took Lucas Valley Road this morning and it was all clear. If you come across any road closures or storm issues, feel free to post them here.
10:24pm - For all of you night owls out there: "The peak night of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower is expected to be from late evening tonight (Saturday, December 13) until dawn tomorrow (Sunday, December 14)." - Let me know if anyone sees anything!

http://earthsky.org/tonight/geminid-meteor-shower-peaks-on-night-of-december-13
They're back! A lone Elephant Seal relaxes on the beach at Drakes. #pointreyes
I was checking Drakes Beach at sunset (road is open) when I spotted a huge water spout off of the lighthouse. Raced out to the point with a stranger and the two of us sat in silence for ten minutes until it dissipated. #waterspout #pointreyes
Looks like SR-1 between Mill Valley and Muir Beach is going to be closed for a couple of months due to the road washing out (photo via CHP). Bummer.
7:09am - UPDATE: All schools in the Shoreline Unified School District are closed today as well as Papermill Creek. The Panoramic Highway is closed due to mudslides. Route 1 from Mill Valley to Muir Beach is closed until 2015 because the road has washed out completely in places.
2:35pm - via Point Reyes Light: "Platform Bridge Road is now closed. As is Sir Francis Drake from Olema to Lagunitas."
Rainy Day Quick Quiz: What is special about this photo? (Thx Ciara)
It really does feel like winter now. And Love Field Lake is back! #marinstorm
10:32am - Shorty just reported on KWMR that there is some flooding happening in front of Perry's in IP on Sir Francis Drake. If you have a low clearance car, be careful.
10:01am - Mesa Road in Point Reyes is now flooded. Power is also out over there. Route One between Point Reyes and Olema is officially closed. The campground has been evacuated. Thanks to @evaughanlee for photo.
8:21am - Large amount of water reported between Point Reyes and Olema. Do not try and pass through. The campground is starting to flood and they may have to evacuate.
8:03am - Highway 1 south of Tomales is flooded.
It's official now: "FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Marin and Sonoma county. Heavy rain/flooding can potentially cause mudslides. Be alert."
The atmospheric river continues to run. Lights are flickering in Inverness, Dillon Beach Road at Rt. 1 is closed. Trees are down on Panaromic Highway and on Lucas Valley Road but both appear to be open. Don't drive unless it's an emergency, keep your radio tuned to KWMR for updates.
According to forecasts: "Worst part of the storm hit heart of Bay Area around 11AM THU." Solid rain happening right now in Inverness, not much wind, twitter and the scanner are quiet. How is everyone holding up out there?
Blurred Photo Trivia: Who is this yellow jacketed man who will be very busy tomorrow?
Via the West Marin Citizen: "Jeannie Moody calling from Shoreline Unified School District to let you know that all schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday. It is has not been determined yet if Friday is opening or not. The board meeting scheduled for tomorrow night has been rescheduled for the 18th same time same place just the week later on next Thursday."
I'm putting together a 'quick reference' page for emergency resources in West Marin. In the comments here (or contact me directly), let me know what other resources should be on this list. Thanks.

http://thewestmarinfeed.com/resources.php
"Hi, we have sand and sandbags available at the county fire stations in west marin. (Woodacre, Pt. Reyes, Tomales) for anyone that needs them." from Scott Pederson
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