Visitors to West Marin often think they've seen a mountain lion when its actually a bobcat. This video shows the difference. Hopefully people are clear on what a bear looks like. (video via Aududon Canyon Ranch, shot in the Mayacamas Mountains)
Two men have died in unrelated crashes in less than two weeks on Mt. Tamalpais. The victims died at the same curve along Ridgecrest Boulevard, says CHPMarin. One of the men was from Inverness. Our hearts go out to all of the family and friends. Please be safe out there.
“Tucker” was found wandering around Vie de la Vista in Inverness. No address on his tag. If you know who’s dog this is, please let me know or leave a comment, thanks.
“Model trends over the past several days have scaled back on rain amounts for Friday. With that said, though, expect light to moderate rain, particularly during the morning hours, with lingering rain showers into the afternoon.”
The Point Reyes National Seashore announced this weekend that the new Point Reyes lighthouse restoration will include a Shake Shack restaurant. In an effort to expand revenue streams for the park and provide more food options for visitors, the park cut a deal with the extremely popular fast food company after months of negotiations. The location will be down at the point right next to the lighthouse and will become the crown jewel of the Shake Shack westward expansion.
”We couldn’t be more pleased,” announced a park spokesperson, “the lighthouse is the most visited spot in the park and now we’ve teamed up with one of the most popular food establishments in the country. Imagine how incredible it will be to hike down the stairs to our newly renovated lighthouse and be able to enjoy an amazing chocolate shake and a tasty hamburger with one of the greatest views in the world.”
The menu at the Shake Shack will be very similar to other locations around the country, including the newly opened location in Larkspur. Because of the uniqueness of this location, there will however be daily specials suited to the region like deep fried oysters, organic elephant seal shakes and free range elk burgers, all locally sourced. “We’re still working out the details,” the park spokesperson said, “but once we get it all sorted, it will be a big win win for everyone.”
Access from parking lot to the observation deck and the Shake Shack will be ready by late May/early June.
(Rendering of the new Shake Shack provided by the architects of record, April One)
Anybody hear the three fighter jets that just went over? Tomcats? Holy crap that was loud.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, but early weather models show the chance of another "atmospheric river" event late next week (April 5/6). So start thinking about prepping now. Clean the gutters (again). Sign up for Nixle alerts. Get some food and candles stored away. Just in case.
"The usual recycle circus Sunday fell on Easter this year, so it is postponed (lest the Easter bunny loses too many eggs in the ruckus) until June 9th." (Thx RD)
"Old sign at south end of town and newish sign coming in from the north" (thx JS)
“Multi car accident on SFD near inkwells can’t get passed for at least another hour.”
Update: tree down, being removed now - Delay on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard north heading into Inverness “downtown” (post office, etc.) Anyone know what’s going on?
Surreal sunset pic from the green bridge in Point Reyes last night by Mari Breitenbach. #sunset #theshire
The Henry One helicopter just picked up a medical emergency in Inverness. Hopefully everyone ok.
Some smokey haze in the air from a barn fire at the Giacomini Ranch late last night. Apparently you could see the flames from across the bay. Thanks to local firefighters for handling everything last yesterday! (Thx BE)
I’m not exactly sure what happened here, but it wasn’t good. The aftermath of the car fire from last night in Point Reyes. Looks like the engine exploded and blew the hood off?
Car accident with car fire blocking lanes on Sir Francis Drake on Ottingers Hill. Hopeful everyone ok, they say one lane should be open soon.
"Robert Mueller submitted his report wearing a hat familiar to modern architecture fans. The Sea Ranch logo."
Update; Pg&E said power out at 7:30 for an hour.
“PG&E has advised that there will be a short power interruption between 3pm and 4pm affecting customers in Inverness as they switch power back to the Olema substation from the generator in Inverness.”
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Super moon tonight, who got a good picture of it? This is the best I could do.
This happened a week ago Inverness. "A bobcat just climbed up to our neighborhood osprey nest (they come every year to the same spot) and killed the female who has been sitting on the nest for the last couple of weeks. Heartbreaking. Honestly, I love bobcats, but I also love our ospreys and was looking forward to the new brood." Apparently it was the female osprey in the nest while the male was gone. The bobcat snuck up on her. Story and photo by Raven Gray.
When you put spot ruined by the Internet on the Internet.
"Smoke is visible from Stinson Beach and Bolinas from a controlled burn."
High pressure system brings a sublime start to the day in West Marin.
Power back on in Point Reyes and Inverness. The tree is cleared from the power station in Olema and there are some very large generators in Inverness. Are those powering Inverness right now...
Sounds like power on in parts of Point Reyes but not Inverness.
Palace Market is also open today, the Bovine is not.
Inverness Park Market is open today but is only accepting cash.
Sounds like PG&E is trying get the breakers that tripped back up and are bringing in some huge generators to try and restore some partial power tonight. But power will probably be up and down for at least the next 24 hours depending on the load. So prepare accordingly. (Thx RJ)
3,000 customers affected by power outage in Point Reyes and Inverness. Estimated time for restoration is 9:30pm according to @PGE4Me
Tree fell on Olema power station, getting reports of power outages through Inverness. (Thx BE and MM)
Single vehicle car accident at SFD and Bear Valley Rd. Proceed with caution, CHP on the scene. (Thx WS)
Crazy story: "Investigators now believe several hundred thousands plants (native succulents called Dudleya farinosa) worth tens of millions of dollars on the Asian black market have been torn illegally from bluffs along the Northern California coast over the past several years, in some cases stripping whole areas of the plant species, said Adrian Foss, a captain with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife." LINK: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9327697-181/plant-smugglers-take-massive-toll
Via Point Reyes NPS. Photo of a huge slide on Drakes Beach. Looks like it’s down towards the rookery?
Sounds like they’re filming something at the Nicasio Reservoir. Subaru commercial?
Anyone know what kind of gun this was? Via the PRNPS, "Park Rangers need your help! If you visit the park, you may have noticed the new message boards placed around the park. Unfortunately, the one located at Pierce Point Rd and Sir Francis Drake was vandalized by gunfire late last week. The vandalism occurred in the overnight hours of 2/28. Park Rangers are asking anyone with information regarding this illegal act to send us a direct message, or contact Point Reyes National Seashore Dispatch at (415) 464-5170. Thank you to all who help us protect Point Reyes and report incidents they see throughout the park. (mh)"
A TWMF reporter just made it through where they're cleaning up the slide on Sir Francis Drake at Samuel P Taylor and said they now have one lane open.
"Sir Francis Drake Blvd is closed between Platform Bridge Rd and the entrance to Samual P Taylor State Park due to a large tree down. Marin County Fire Department crews are working to cut up the tree but it will likely take at least an hour. Use alternate routes. Update: @marin county department Marin County Public Works is on scene and estimating the road will be closed until 10AM. Use an alternate route." - CHPMarin (thx LP and BE)
Be safe, make good choices. “Shoreline Highway just south of Tomales at 7:30am. Bring a kayak.” (Thx CG)
“Tree down blocking both lanes at 1500 Nicasio Valley Road. Hopefully open around 8:00am but no guarantees!” (Thx RMB)
More road wash out in the park. A second stop sign is set up on Sir Francis Drake in Point Reyes by Mt Vision road. (Thx AN)
“The next storm system will bring rain and wind to the area Tuesday through Wednesday. Impacts include minor flooding of roadways and small streams, small rock/land slides, and isolated power outages.”
In Inverness, the Chicken Ranch Beach Waterfall has emerged from Channel B. Quite a sight. (Thx ER) #waterfall
Happening today, March 3, from 3pm to 6pm: "Please join us in a celebration of the life of Byron Muntyan. We will be gathering at the Dance Palace to enjoy music, food, and memories of Byron. If you would like to help with setup at 2:30 or clean up after the event, please let us know."
A rainy Sunday afternoon puzzle. A reader sent in the cover of this book published in Inverness (1976?) and is about Inverness. Does anyone know anything more about the book or the author? Some of the text from the book in the comments.
Something is going on in San Anselmo, “Central Marin PD is working a critical incident in the area please shelter in place until further notification” on Grove Hill Ave.
Via PRNPS “Storm damage update: the road to McClures Beach is closed due to severe damage. The parking lot for Tomales Point Trail is open.”
Storm clean up continues in Inverness where a clogged culvert is causing water flow issues. Thanks to Marin Public Works for being on it (and cleaning up that huge slide across from the boatel). (Thx SC)
“Road UPDATE: Levee Road and Platform Bridge Road are now OPEN. “ via Marin Public Works
The water on Levee Rd. has subsided but the 'road closed' signs are still there and apparently the CHP is asking people not to drive on the rode until DPW has a chance to clear off the debris from the flood. Apparently driving over it now with the debris damages the road. I heard that CHP had stopped some folks who drove through and asked them not too.
Big tree down in Inverness Park, direct hot to propane tank. (Thx AN)
Levee road is closed. Bear Valley Rd is open. You can get to Point Reyes from Olema on Rt 1 (minimal flooding). PR/Petaluma Rd is open. Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax open. Lots of slides and debris, drive safe. Thank you to Marin Public Works for getting up super early and clearing slides and trees.
Just gearing up for commute, has anyone made it over the hill yet?
“This pic is the forecast model for this evening at approximately 9:40 pm. Heavy pulse due to move in through midnight tonight. Plan ahead and stay off the roads if possible.”
A brave duo making their way to Point Reyes on the Levee Rd. this afternoon. (thx AH)
This is an incredible story from West Marin resident William Barrett that happened on Lucas Valley Rd. on Monday night. Drive safe everyone. Thank you to all the emergency crews in West Marin who keep us safe. "Rainy night. Dark country roads. Overturned car in a rapidly rising creek. Got there just before all the emergency crews. Me and my little flashlight looking for anyone in the car. The door on the downside, in the water, was open and I was dreading seeing a body further down the creek. Luckily (?) the lone occupant was caught up in their seat belt and still in the car but unable to get out. Heroes arrived and I left. Whew." MORE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/william.barrett1/posts/10156979155942726
Bear Valley Rd is open and passable but getting to Point Reyes via Rt 1 gets challenging right at Marin Sun Farms. We saw cars drive though, but it’s risky. Trucks are going through Levee Rd, but not advised.
"Point Reyes Hostel is welcoming all evacuees of flooded homes from West Marin we will comp tonights' stay. Please call the office for details 415 663 8811 or if you make it up here just turn up by 10pm!"
Via KWMR, "Bear Valley Road at 1:11 PM. Passable by higher clearance vehicles."
From Ann Abbott Hildeggard, "what resources are there for those who live on the levee road? I need somewhere to stay..live in the downstairs unit 3rd house down from the green bridge. cold and wet from leaving. please post any info or PM me" Does anyone have some info for her?
"Dear Friends, We have decided to close Station House Cafe for the rest of today. Our staff needs to get home safely and we hope you do, too! Thank you."
The creek in Point Reyes is getting very close to the Green Bridge. (thx DL)
The Inverness Park Market is open today, Dan is manning the shop. No deli or tap room, but you can get groceries there for those stuck on this side Levee Rd.
The Wells Fargo bank in Point Reyes is closed due to flooding. Creek getting high. (thx DP)
"Today, February 26th Due to weather conditions Coastal Health Alliance will be Closed. We are on Call 24/7: 415-663-8666"
Levee Road and Bear Valley Road are closed due to flooding. Heavy flooding on PR/Petaluma Rd too. Shelter in place, do not risk it today.
Via KWMR “DPW is closing Sir Francis Drake in Olema due to landslides on Olema Hill and beyond. Platform Bridge Road is closed. Levee Road is closed.”
I’m hearing reports that both the levee road and bear valley road are flooded and impassable in low riding cars. Can anyone confirm?
Via KWMR: “Nicasio Valley Road is closed between Lucas Valley and Sir Francis Drake due to a large tree down. ETA for opening is not known at this time.”
From West Marin Share: “If you or someone you know "scored" a stainless steel stand for a table top last week, on the sidewalk by the old Creamery building - BRING IT BACK! It wasn't for "free" - it was CLAM's new table stand for our new table, and we took it out to the sidewalk to CLEAN IT. Can you imagine all the work that went into finding the right table, getting it from over the hill, cleaning it up - so that we might have a nice office to receive visitors? And doing this in the midst of all our other work - and then, when we're ready to put it all together....the stand is gone? Literally, disappeared? Our hearts dropped to the floor. No shame or guilt - we all put things out for free here in West Marin. But this wasn't that. Please drop it back by the CLAM office ASAP. We'll give you a free ceramic CLAM chowder bowl and spoon for your effort. Thank you! - Kim”
I’d like to know more about this hole.
“Updated rainfall forecast. Heaviest rain expected from Monday afternoon through Tuesday night, with highest rain totals forecast across the North Bay. A Flood Watch is in effect for #Sonoma, #Napa, and #Marin Counties from Monday afternoon through Wednesday night.”
Sorry for the late notice. Important town hall meeting at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes tonight at 6:30pm that’s a follow up about the last one about the impact on tourism on West Marin.
Inverness water update: “Boil Water Order Cancelled. The State’s Division of Drinking Water has notified us that two rounds of lab results show that tap water in all areas served by the I.P.U.D. Water System is now potable and safe for drinking and cooking. Thank you for your cooperation!” More info: https://www.invernesspud.org/
Update on the Inverness water situation: "Monday, feb. 18, 2019: as of 4 p.M., the boil water order is still in effect for the 185 affected customers. Water samples sent to the lab yesterday all came back negative for bacterial contamination in our water mains and a second round of samples is now at the lab. We hope that if they also come back negative on tuesday morning, the water board’s division of drinking water will give us the all-clear to cancel the boil water order. Check the link below (which has been updated) to see if your property is in the affected area." For latest information and affected areas, go here: https://www.invernesspud.org/
Apparently Nicks Cove was on SNL last night, anyone see it? (Thx MS)
Lucas Valley Rd is now open. (Thx MM)
“Lucas Valley Rd. is closed from Big Rock to Nicasio Valley Rd. PG&E on scene and hope to have road opened by 3:00 pm.”
“Tree down in the area of 5900 Lucas Valley Rd. Blocking both lanes. Power lines involved. Will be a little while...” (Thx RB)
Report of an accident on Lucas Valley Rd with traffic control. Proceed with caution.
Dumping hail in Inverness right now.
Just saw another blast of blue light over Tomales Bay, did another transformer blow? Power popped again too.
Electricity just went off and on in Inverness. A resident reported: “Just saw two transformers light up over in the Mesa in Pt Reyes.” (Thx SLG)
Here is the water main that broke this morning on Woodhaven in Inverness. (Thx TT)
Levee Road in Point Reyes still closed as of 4:45pm.
WATER EMERGENCY UPDATE: "2/14/19 – A WATER MAIN BREAK HAS DRAINED PART OF OUR SYSTEM AND SOME CUSTOMERS MUST BOIL WATER FOR 5 MINUTES BEFORE USING IT FOR DRINKING OR COOKING. THIS AFFECTS ONLY THOSE CUSTOMERS WHO EXPERIENCED A WATER OUTAGE EARLY THIS MORNING (FEB. 14). IF YOU DID NOT HAVE AN OUTAGE THIS MORNING, YOU ARE NOT AFFECTED AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THE BOIL WATER ORDER. IF YOU ARE UNSURE, CALL US AT 415-669-1414. STATUS UPDATES WILL BE POSTED AT THE INVERNESS POST OFFICE. (SEE BELOW LINK FOR LIST OF AFFECTED AREAS)." LINK: https://www.invernesspud.org/
"Portola Ave is closed near Balboa Ave in Inverness Park outside of Point Reyes Station. Downed tree and power lines. Once power lines are addressed by @PGE4Me, our road crews will handle clearing the road."
Scenes from around Point Reyes and Inverness of the storm.
A large tree fell in Inverness last night taking out this car. Fortunately everyone was ok. (Thx IW)
Levee Road in Point Reyes is open but water is quite high. Going around Rt 1 to Olema is much safer option.
INVERNESS WATER EMERGENCY: BOIL WATER NOTICE in Inverness. A major water main break has occurred early today (Thursday, Feb, 14) in the service area of the Inverness P.U.D. Water System. Some areas of town are without water. ALL CUSTOMERS of the I.P.U.D. Water system are advised: DO NOT DRINK THE WATER without first boiling it for five minutes. - via Wade Holland and IPUD
There are reports that Levee Road is not passable due to high water. People have been using Bear Valley Rd. to Olema and then to Rt. 1 to Point Reyes.
It also sounds like there is a water main that is broken in Inverness. People on Madrone Ave. are reporting they have no water.
Via Marin County Sheriff:
The following are known road closures in unincorporated Marin County:
153 Carson Rd., Woodacre
Hwy 1, South of Stinson Beach
Hwy 1, between Tomales-Petaluma and Marshall-Petaluma Rd.
Lucas Valley Rd between Los Gamos and N/B Hwy 101 onramp
Ocean Parkway, Bolinas; between Sycamore and Opal Rd.
Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness between Mt. Vision Rd. and Pierce Point Rd. (high clearance vehicles only)
Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness; between Rannoch and Woodhaven (1/2 roadway blocked by tree down)
Apparently a 60 foot fir went down on Ottingers Hill over SFD last night. Trees down blocking both ends of Via de la Vista in Inverness. Someone mentioned water is high on Levee Rd? Any other reports?
Via de la vista in Inverness totally blocked this morning. @DPWMarin @MarinSheriff
Just drove home and another tree down north of Inverness. Wind is howling. Take care out there. Also sounds like power is off in parts of Inverness Park?
Just north of Inverness two very nasty mudslides have started moving. Be very careful in that area, especially as it gets dark.
Basically, avoid the park today. “Road Alert: Pierce Point Rd at Kehoe Beach trailhead is now closed due to road conditions.” Photo is of the flooding by Mt Vision Rd on SFD (by old oyster farm). A car had stalled after going through deep water. Be safe everyone.
Via PRNPS “Roads Update: Sir Francis Drake by Mt. Vision Rd is flooded and currently impassable. Pierce Point Rd. by Kehoe Beach trailhead is also flooded. Exercise extreme caution today. (ca)”
Via Marin County Sheriff “Due to storm related rainfall, Highway 1, South of Tomales-Petaluma Rd is completely flooded and is impassable.”
Via NWS Bay Area: "Wet weather returns midweek in a big way. What makes this storm unique is its slow-moving nature. The atmospheric river looks like it will stall out just a bit, creating a second, extended wave of precipitation. It will start Tuesday evening then there will be rounds of heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday. It's longer duration increases concerns for flooding. Two to three inches are predicted in the North Bay." Be prepared.
Because the photo wasn’t enough
This is a mess if you commute, “#BREAKING: Both the eastbound lowerdeck and westbound upperdeck of the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge are closed after big chunks of concrete reportedly fell from the upper deck onto the lower lanes.”
Snow in West Marin. By the Nicasio Reservoir and on Lucas Valley/Big Rock. #snow (Thx DW) any other snow photos?
According to Marin County Sheriff's Office: "It’s snowing on Mt. Tam ❄️. Here’s a view from West Point Inn looking towards Muir Woods." A possibility of more snow in West Marin tonight and into tomorrow.
"In January, on a hike with friends, in a remote part of the park (off Pierce Point Road but not at Kehoe), we found a WWII practice bomb. One of the kids spotted it. It was mostly buried in the sand with just a tiny bit of the back fins sticking out. Initially I thought it was fishing or marine debris, but once we unearthed it, it looked clearly like a weapon. Since we did not know if it was “live”, we left it (it is also illegal to remove things from the park). The Visitor’s Center was closed due to the shutdown, so I called the Sheriff's non-emergency number to report it. I quickly got a call from one of the NPS rangers on duty. The NPS ranger went out for it immediately (a huge thank you to the rangers working during shutdown!). An expert confirmed for the NPS it was an MK 43 practice bomb, which did originally have a charge. The pin was out of this one. Never expected to find WWII weapons (practice or otherwise) in the Park!" - Sarah C. Killingsworth
Drakes Beach (or rather parking lot) re-opened today. It will be open from 9 to 5 on the weekends to see the elephant seal mayhem. A lot of rangers, park staff and volunteers working hard to make this happen. Thank you. Point Reyes National Seashore
ALERT: West Marin folks should be prepared for a very high wind/storm event this afternoon into tomorrow morning. Look out for trees falling and debris in roads. Stay away from downed power lines. Get ready for the power being out. Do not drive into standing water. "In coastal NorCal and even parts of coastal SoCal, this could be strongest wind event in at least several years. Rapidly-deepening surface low near NorCal coast close to historical analogues for major CA winter windstorms. Widespread significant impacts likely."
Get ready. Be safe. From Bay Area NWS: "FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT, Heavy rainfall over a short amount of time will likely inundate storm drains with rapid rises on small creeks and streams. HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT WINDS... Southeast 25 to 40 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph."
Skunk mating season is upon us which means the males who have bad eyesight get crazy and run into the road. Someone put this very sweet sign up in Point Reyes as a reminder to be careful. #skunk #mating #loopy
"In the absence of heavy visitor traffic and regular staff wildlife management, the burgeoning elephant seal colony that has been drifting along the shoreline from Chimney Rock for several years appears to have gotten a foot-hold at Drakes Beach. By Monday, there were about 50 females with 40 pups and more on the way, as well as a dominant bull and several subordinates. Some of them in recent weeks had been found up in the parking lot, under picnic tables and even on the ramp up toward the visitor center, having clambered over a wooden fence and leaving it in pieces. For the moment, the road to Drakes Beach from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is temporarily closed to all motorized and foot traffic, and the shuttle service itself is in question, though park administrators and scientists are trying to work out a plan that would allow the public some opportunity to view the new pupping group safely without disturbing them." FULL STORY: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/local/9221142-181/point-reyes-national-seashore-reopens
Sunset at the beaches in Point Reyes tonight. Nice to have the park open and staff getting paid. Let’s not do that again. #sunset #shutdownover
Good news via Point Reyes NPS: "We're back online! The park will resume operations on Sunday, January 27,2019 with the Bear Valley Visitor Center reopening at 9am. It will take some time to return to regular operations (eg. clearing trails). Please be patient as we work towards that goal. Stay tuned."
Anyone else see those two military choppers that just came down the bay?
Orange moon snuck up tonight. #moon #inverness
"The county is pressing ahead with new overnight parking regulations on C Street in Point Reyes Station, answering a call from homeowners near the Giacomini Wetlands trailhead to address unlawful activity. The county’s deputy zoning administrator approved a coastal development permit last week, submitted by the Department of Public Works at the request of the Point Reyes Station Village Association for a new parking ban on C Street between Third and Sixth Streets from the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Assuming no one appeals the coastal permit before Jan. 22, the county will set a date for the resolution to come before the Board of Supervisors, the ultimate decision-makers." FULL STORY: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/article/c-street-ban-moves-forward
Community Potluck Fundraiser at the Dance Palace on Saturday, Jan 26 starting at 6:00pm. Share in our community’s kind-heartedness and consideration of those in need at a community potluck fundraiser for local community members, Leah Fritts and Arron Wilder whose families lost their homes and businesses due to the Camp Wildfire. Bring a dish to share and donate what you can afford. Lasagnas - vegetarian or meat options - will be provided. Live music will be provided by Danny Vitali and Friends. RSVP: By Wednesday, January 23, contact Danielle Fogel or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This guy was making the most of his commute in West Marin today. #wheelie
Not something you see often. High tide hijinx.
Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness not looking very beach like during today’s #kingtide