UPDATE: Just smoking in green vegetation. Got lucky with this wind — Vegetation fire on top of Drakes Summit Rd in Inverness Park as a result of downed power lines, No further details available at this time.
From Sara Jones, Assistant Director, Marin County Community Development Agency, "I’m going to be on KWMR radio at 5 pm today talking about short term rentals (of the AirBnB/VRBO variety) and the proposed moratorium on them in West Marin. You can listen online at KWMR. If you live in, like to visit, or own property in West Marin then tune in!"
You can also stream KWMR from their web site and this show will be archived later if you miss the live version.
Sara Jones Tweet: https://twitter.com/sbjinsfo/s...
Check out this new 'risk factor' calculator to see what the greatest risk is where you live. Surprisingly (to me) was that flooding is a greater risk then fire in Inverness (94937).
Put your zip code in here to find your risk:https://riskfactor.com
Put your location/risk in the comments below if you want to share.
The big 50th anniversary celebration is happening today at The Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. Incredible food and entertainment from 3pm to 9:30pm. Be there!
Been awhile since the West Marin Sunset Feed was out. Tonight was a beauty in Point Reyes.
Lots of fawns right now, be careful on the roads. We watched the mother of this very young fawn jump over a fence and leave it stuck by the side of a busy road in Inverness.
The WMF Roll Into the Week email newsletter is out if you want to get prepared for your week. News, events and more:https://mailchi.mp/e84dbce8978...
"Big news from Marin Community Development Agency:
Our housing strategy has to include both new housing and protection of the existing supply. We're proposing a halt on short-term rentals in West Marin to craft policies balancing visitor and workforce needs. On May 24, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a temporary moratorium on new short-term rentals. The pause aims to stabilize housing supply & study long-term impacts. Existing, registered rentals would not be impacted"
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.marincounty.org/ma...
The elk fawn was not injured. Do not remove animals from the park.
"On Friday evening, 4/29/22, a "concerned citizen" removed an elk fawn from the Tomales Point Elk Preserve fearing that it was gravely injured. The individual took the elk calf to the Marin Humane Society who then transferred it to WildCare. On Saturday, U.S. Park Rangers and biologists from the Point Reyes National Seashore were advised and responded to attempt to reunite the elk with its mother.
Fortunately, just before arriving at Tomales Point, precise GPS coordinates of where the calf was taken from were received. Park staff navigated to this point, through very dense fog, to find a lone female elk passing through the coyote brush and lupine. Staff quickly backed away from the area after the calf was released and the female elk went straight uphill to the calf. After reuniting for several minutes, with plenty of sniffing and licking each other, the two elk slowly trotted off together into the fog."
READ THE FULL STORY HERE: https://www.facebook.com/Point...
If you see a sick or injured animal, please leave the animal alone and contact our visitor center at 415-464-5100 for assistance.
Photo courtesy of WildCare
"The saloon keeper who had owned the Old Western in Point Reyes Station since 1977, Judy Borello, died two days ago." This sad news from Dave Mitchell who writes the Sparsely, Sage and Timely blog.
Here is an entry that Dave wrote about the Judy and the moo sound that emanates from the Old Western:https://www.sparselysageandtim...
Anyone know what was going on in Point Reyes Station around 11:30am? I heard reports of police and helicopter activity, but nothing on PulsePoint.
"For Bobbi Loeb, the decision to sign over the home where she raised two children to a land trust was both financial and ideological. In January, the 81-year-old finalized a deal to sell her Point Reyes home at a steep discount to the Community Land Trust of West Marin, better known as CLAM, which buys property off the high-priced private market and converts it into affordable homes. In Loeb’s case, it’s a deal that will allow her to live the rest of her life in the house with no monthly payment, then entrust CLAM to pay it forward to others in need of lower-cost housing."
FULL STORY: https://www.sfchronicle.com/re...
Via CHP Golden Gate Air: "This afternoon, CHP H-30, Henry 1, MCFD, Inverness Fire, and CHP - Marin all responded to a report of two motorcycle riders down near the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Both Henry 1 and H-30 transported critically injured patients to Santa Rosa Memorial."
Car went off the road into Lagunitas Creek by Lagunitas.
Two motorcyclists down in an accident in Point Reyes.
Friday's WMF Weekend Edition newsletter:
- The wind for the week is over and back to very pleasant weather for the next week. Models are showing a possibility of rain in mid-May.
- Our hearts go out to the family and friends of "Van" Van Der Matten who passed away this month.
- A renovation project at Sacramento Landing, a small beach near Duck Cove where the Tomales Bay Marine Station has hosted scientists and interns since the 1990s, will expand living and laboratory space for years to come. (PRLight)
- CLAM says new residents will move into the project’s 51 affordable units in 2026 at the former Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station, two years later than its original estimate. (PRLight)
- Kerry Livingston was honored by the Board of Supervisors as “Staff Supervisor of Volunteers of the Year” this week! In her 30+ years, Kerry has fostered multiple generations of volunteers for the Stinson Beach Library.
To get links to these stories and a list of weekend events, read the full newsletter. You can also subscribe to get this in your email inbox.https://mailchi.mp/8fbf9bd2e6d...
From a local resident, "Question for folks living in Inverness. Ever since that power outage we had two weeks ago, our power clicks on and off a couple of times each our, like a mini power hiccup. Does anyone else notice something similar or is this just our house? We live in Seahaven."
Buckle up. "Breezy onshore winds will continue on Wednesday and peak on Thursday. The strongest winds will be near the coast and in the coastal hills/ridges where gusts may exceed 45 mph."
Structure fire on Nicasio Valley Rd.
From a local resident (WMF also had a coyote going through our raccoon distributed garbage in Inverness recently, which we don't see often):
"Stepped out my front door early this morning to find one of my cats squared-off against orange/orange, the colored ear-tagged young coyote that has been in and around Inverness the last few weeks. Chased him down the driveway and quite a ways up Mt Vision, showering him with all the unwelcome vibes I could muster.
I hope-but-doubt the unwelcome energy will really do much to keep him out of my yard and our neighborhood. A gentle reminder to other small pet owners to keep them (and their food bowls) close and/or inside and to be extra vigilant with keeping compost piles and garbage cans from becoming attractive nuisances. Wish the short-term rentals would do a better job in the garbage can department." (Thx TB)
Here's a link to the project that tagged orange/orange two years ago: https://www.nps.gov/articles/c...
Photo: Presidio Trust
Water rescue in Bolinas. Sounds like two boogie boarders pulled out to sea having trouble getting back to shore. Very large swell in the water right now, please use caution at the beaches. Beach hazard warning until 3am on Saturday.
Big rainbow energy in Point Reyes this afternoon. Who else got a picture?
Black/Knuckle Mountain hiding in the clouds in West Marin as we wait for the next round of rain. April showers!
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Tracey Beeman whose house burned down in Olema last month. "At this time donations are the most critical thing needed. Tracy's sister Colleen set up the account. Colleen is getting necessities to Tracy for the time being. She has no storage space for multiple items at this time. In the future when items can be sent I will update everyone. Thank you in advance for any donations that can be made. Your caring thoughts and kind words are so very appreciated at this time."https://www.gofundme.com/f/fir...
"The Rollin’ Root is essentially a farmers market on wheels delivering a host of farm-fresh produce to Marin County residents who otherwise might not have access to affordable, nutritious fruits and vegetables."
They just added a new stop in Marshall which will be on Mondays, 11:00am-11:30am at the Hog Island Parking Lot.
The rest of their West Marin stops on Monday are:
9am – 10am
Maine St. & Dillon Beach Rd.
2700 Highway 1, Tomales, CA 94971
12:30pm – 1:30pm
600 A St, Point Reyes Station
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Pump Espresso Bar
6825 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Forest Knolls
For more stops and more info, go to:https://www.agriculturalinstit...
PG&E crews working on power lines on SFD in Inverness. One lane. Restoration still set at 3pm.
"When the staff and students returned to West Marin School in Point Reyes Station yesterday after the spring break time off, they discovered that 17 of the student's Chromebook laptops, along with a teacher's iPad and various other supplies had disappeared. This incident has had a major negative impact, both logistically and psychologically for the school and students. If you have any information about where the missing equipment might have gone, please contact the West Marin School or the Marin County Sheriff. Thank you."
via USCGNorCal: "The Unified Command coordinated the tow of the Wan Hai 176, a 564-foot container ship, to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay, Sunday evening.
Due to more favorable weather conditions, the Delta Deanna, a 112-foot tug, was able to pass tow lines to the Wan Hai 176’s crew at its anchored location approximately seven miles off the coast of Point Reyes.
Once the lines and anchors were secured, the tug began towing the Wan Hai 176 with the tugs Stacey Foss, Delta Billie, Delta Deanna and Rachel Allen escorting the ship to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of San Francisco has ordered the ship to remain at the anchorage until the ship’s engines have been fixed and Coast Guard personnel have conducted an inspection of the ship."
That was a close one and I'm guessing people pulled off some heroic efforts to keep that boat from drifting into Point Reyes.
"Singapore-flag containership WAN HAI 176 remains stable at anchor northwest of San Francisco Bay (just off Point Reyes). Ship lost engine power 8 April en route to Oakland and drifted in heavy seas. 21 people, 783 containers and 39,000 gallons of fuel are aboard the WAN HAI 187"
Watch this incredible video of the containership in heavy weather with tug boats trying to assist:https://twitter.com/CavasShips...
"Greetings from Dream Farm Mushrooms!!
Our traveling farm stand will be back in front of Toby's Feed Barn Tomorrow, Saturday April 9th from 11 am to 3 pm, selling Lions Mane, Blue Oysters, Piopinni, and Black Kind Trumpets.
We are a new woman-owned mushroom farm growing culinary and medicinal mushrooms in Point Reyes. You can find our mushrooms at our traveling farm stand, pre-order for pick-up through our website (coming soon!), or join the wait list for our upcoming “CSA” program (Community Supported Agriculture) to subscribe to a box of mushrooms every week, fortnight, or month. We will also be offering workshops on a variety of topics including growing your own mushrooms at home or in the garden, making extracts, cooking, and more.
Please visit our website at www.dreamfarmmushrooms.com to learn more and get on our wait list for mushroom orders and workshops."
Here is a what the 564 foot motor vessel WAN HAI 176, that lost motor last night, looks like from the shores of Point Reyes. It’s not moving, so hopefully they anchored it. Howling wind and rough seas.
Haven’t heard any other updates since last night.
Via USCGNorCal "BREAKING: USCG and CalSpillWatch responding to the 564-foot motor vessel WAN HAI 176 after the vessel reported a power loss and was unable to anchor 7 miles off the coast of Point Reyes, Calif. USCG launched air assets and tugs are en route to assist."
According to Vessel Finder, the status of the boat is 'anchored' so hopefully they got it worked out. A very large swell is filling in right now which I'm guessing isn't helping.
A local found this fish washed up on the beach today in Point Reyes, anyone know what it is? (Thx AN)
Playing the National Park version of Monopoly tonight (which is really fun) and we noticed that Point Reyes didn’t make the cut as one of the properties. It is a Community Chest card however.
The sirens were for a bad car accident in the park that may have required extraction.
In a surprise decision today, the Coastal Commission announced it had approved a local wind turbine project in Tomales Bay in Inverness just behind the Inverness Store. The wind turbines will be placed there in June supplying up to 4 million KWh per year. While some of this power will be put into the local energy grid, most of it will power a Bitcoin mining farm being set up in some of the unused space in the Inverness Store by the Bitcoin mining company, Riot Blockchain. (Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive process with customized mining systems that compete to solve mathematical puzzles. The miner who solves the puzzle first is rewarded with bitcoin.)
In a statement by Riot Blockchain, they said "we are excited to start this new relationship with West Mare" and wanted to reach out to the local community by offering a discount on buying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, $Cats, Nyancoin, Coinye and Dogecoin. Locals will also be allowed to purchase beverages from the Inverness Store's incredible beverage section using Bitcoin. WMF is very excited about this new project and will be releasing its own crytpocurrency called the BurtonCoin which can only be redeemed if Burton ever shaves his beard.
This is happening tonight starting at 8:45pm in Point Reyes Station. Meet at the Third & C Street entrance to the wetlands.
WMF did it last month and can't recommend it enough, it will change the way you look at the night sky.
STARGAZING WITH DON JOLLEY
Each month, in concert with the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Point Reyes Station Village Association (PointReyesStaion.org) presents a benefit to support its work* to preserve the coastal nightscape. Join astronomy teacher and storyteller extraordinaire Don Jolley under the stars at the Giacomini Wetland to learn the names of planets, stars, constellations and hear spellbinding stories about billions and billions of celestial bodies.
Because local skies are often foggy, we’ll notify participants on the evening of the first clear night before the New Moon each month, and meet at the Third & C Street entrance to the wetlands to walk out toward the barn. (We sit partway up the path to the barn.)
Location: Giacomini Wetlands, Third & C Street, PRS (actual site is on the trail to the barn)
Donation $10-$20. Please bring exact change as it will be dark.
Important: Please be sure we have your private email and phone number so we may contact you on the night of the event.
What to bring:
· Warm clothes
· Chair, blanket, or sleeping roll
· Print out of night sky map with names on it.
· Flashlight prepared as in instructions below or red lamp
(If you bring white flashlight, please turn it off before entering event. We are allowing time for all eyes to dilate.)
· Your curiosity
Flashlight preparation: A headlamp with a red bulb option will work just fine. Or, modify an ordinary flashlight to be red-filtered: Cover the flashlight's lens with masking tape, and color the tape with a red marker, like a Sharpie or red crayon. It may take a few layers of tape and marker to get the light to quiet down. You'll want enough light to read your star chart in the dark, but not so much that it blinds your vision of the stars.
For more information, contact Peggy Day (email@example.com) or Laura Arndt.
Overturned tree trimming truck on Lucas Valley Road a quarter of a mile from 101. Be prepared for delays, plan accordingly. (Thx EH)
Theresa Weber posted a heartbreaking story about Tracey Beeman's two dogs, Mo and Molly, who did not survive the house fire on Saturday night in Olema: https://www.facebook.com/there...
Here is a photo from the structure fire in Olema on Saturday night at a house just south of the Vedanta Retreat on Rt 1. We drove by in the morning and the structure was burned to the ground. Thank you to the first responders, our hearts go out to the owners of the house.
First photo from Marin County Fire, second WMF.
Update: Now 9am — “Marin County Fire is at scene of a structure fire in the area of the 9700 block of Shoreline Highway in Olema. Shoreline Highway is closed in both directions to all traffic. Anticipated reopening at 8 AM. Please use alternate routs.”
"CA State Parks is saddened to inform the public that the iconic Pioneer Tree at Samuel P. Taylor State Park is no longer standing. The tree was fully engulfed in flames earlier this morning. The Pioneer Tree and Cross Marin Trails are temporarily closed until further notice. Public advised to stay clear of area. The rest of the park remains open.
Via Marin County Fire “Crews responded to a vegetation fire that started at 11:30am today at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, on Pioneer Tree Trail. A large Redwood tree, approx. 8 ft in diameter, burned and fell, creating a 100’ x 40’ burn area. This required extensive mop up with large resource commitment. 3 engines and 1 hand crew will remain on scene until 2000 hours tonight (8:00PM). Cause is under investigation.”
Elephant seal pup and a great blue heron having a chat today in Point Reyes. "Feed me." would be my guess. (Thx NW)
"West Marin will be marching in San Francisco ... along with people all over the world ... to demand climate action now. This call comes from Fridays For Future and Greta Thunberg.
We'll form two carpool caravans -- to save on fossil fuel consumption -- from Whitehouse Pool. Meet there at 7:30 with your Covid test done that morning. Enjoy some goodies donated by Bovine Bakery. Perhaps take a sign prepared by Tomales Bay Youth Center. One caravan will go to the 8:50 Larkspur Ferry, the other to San Francisco.
After arriving at Embarcadero Plaza at 10 AM for the rally, look for the West Marin Climate Action banner. We'll march as one community in downtown SF. Questions or offers to help carpooling: email firstname.lastname@example.org."
"Panoramic Hwy CLOSED at Highway 1/Shoreline - OVERTURNED forklift off of a trailer. AND Northbound Hwy 1/Shorline Hwy is also closed, just north of Panoramic Hwy. Car overturned into a tree, tow truck enroute. Vehicles being turned around and rereouted."
Sheriff aware of Prius in ditch by White House Pool in Inverness Park. Driver is out and they’re waiting to tow it. No need to check on it or call it in.
A nice community event this evening at Point Reyes Park behind Toby's. The film Microplastic Madness will be shown at 6:30pm. Bring a picnic dinner, some pizza from Cafe Reyes will also be available.
“The Worm Moon will shine before dawn Friday. It's the last full moon of winter 2022.” Worm Moon coming up over Tomales Bay.
Jesse DeNatale, who is playing this Saturday at the Dance Palace (show is sold out but streaming options still available), is looking for tickets to the show if you happen to have some and can't go. Send WMF a message and I'll connect you.
Here is the link for streaming tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r...
"Join Ramblin’ Jack & Friends for a fun-filled night of music! The show will feature artists Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jesse DeNatale, Lowell Levinger and Paul Knight, playing two sets in the Dance Palace Main Hall."
Sounds like very bad accident on Lucas Valley Rd. Lanes going to be closed past Nicasio both ways for awhile, plan accordingly.
Anyone know who the owner of this boat at Shell Two in Inverness is? (Thx BH)
A rare and welcome rainbow in Inverness this afternoon. (Thx DW)
Youth baseball is back in West Marin! Opening day parade and ceremonies in Fairfax today for West Marin Little League. If you’re driving by and see a game, stop by and watch a couple of innings. Some of the most beautiful fields around. Elvis and the Pranksters in the house.
Reminder, there is a big bike ride happening today in West Marin starting from Due West in Olema. Here are the routes. Plan accordingly. Be safe everyone.
A look at the headlines from today's WMF 'Weekend Edition' email newsletter. Click through to get the links, see upcoming events and the weekend forecast. Then subscribe!
- Head's up, there is a big bike ride happening on Saturday, March 12. The Jane Fondo ladies only ride with a 25-mile, 38-mile and 62-mile loop through West Marin and Point Reyes. You can find the map details and more info here.
- Both Kehoe Beach and North Beach have reopened to the public.
- A Marin County Superior Court judge has issued an injunction ordering the cleanup of a Bolinas property used by two spiritual organizations.
- A lot of local faces in this CBS television report about Point Reyes Station trying to become a Dark Sky Reserve.
- Last week, supervisors approved a $57,000 civil engineering contract to determine what kind of new bathrooms could fit on a county-owned parcel near the Coast Guard property, at Mesa and Giacomini Roads in Point Reyes Station.
- The West Marin Meme posted this WMF Mean Tweet video.
- If you have an extra $6M lying around, here is what it will buy you in Inverness.
Gas prices at record levels in Point Reyes Station. This was last night, they could be higher today.
Some locals were out at Kehoe Beach which re-opened today. Sadly, there was a lot of boat debris (foam, broken glass, wood) mixed into the sand from the salvage operation. A clean up crew is still there sorting through it. This all could have been avoided.
I have heard that a town hall type meeting with the Coast Guard to figure out how to not repeat this type of thing in the future has been (or is being) set up. Does anyone know the details?
Photo by LR
Some locals were out at Kehoe Beach which re-opened today. Sadly, there was a lot of boat debris (foam, broken glass, wood) mixed into the sand from the salvage operation. A clean up crew is still there sorting through it. This all could have been avoided.
I have heard that a town hall type meeting with the Coast Guard to figure out how to not repeat this type of thing in the future has been (or is being) set up. Does anyone know the details?
Photo by LR
A whale washed up on Limantour Beach in Point Reyes today. A skinny female gray whale is what the Marine Mammal folks told us.
1. Heavy winds today up to 40mph, look out for downed trees
2. El Radio Fantastique plays Smiley's Saloon on Saturday at 6pm
3. Opening at the Tom Biagini gallery in Inverness on Saturday from 2-4pm
4. KWMR is dedicating a bench to Charlie Morgan at 11am at KWMR in Point Reyes Station.
5. Kehoe Beach and North Beach still closed today, make sure to check tomorrow for closures if you're heading out to those beaches.
Get all this info and more in the WMF email newsletter, then subscribe! Link:https://us6.campaign-archive.c...
@wisdominthewaves captured this amazing shot in Point Reyes yesterday morning of a coyote and an elephant seal passing at dawn.
Via PRNPS: "Kehoe and North beaches remain closed until further notice. Kehoe is the location of the fishing vessel that ran aground Friday and is now in the process of being removed. North Beach is the staging area for removal equipment."
Does anyone have any more information about why they let the boat run aground and not tow it back to Bodega?
From Susanna Smedley Crowley: "My terrier-ish dog Griffin has been missing all afternoon. She was with me when I visited a friend on Glen Way in First Valley of Inverness.
I have been walking and calling her for several hours. Fireman Ken Fox is aware that Griffin is missing. She is a very friendly dog and wears a name tag with my mobile number. For her to not come when called is highly unusual!
Please call or text my mobile number: 415-300-5971. You might also call or leave a voicemail message on my home phone: 415-669-9614.
Griffin is the gray dog on the left in this picture."
If you get early enough, you can see the air elk in Point Reyes.
Accident on SFD north of Inverness. Car drove off the road. Hopefully everyone ok. Expect traffic deists. One of those days.
Bad accident at the Nicasio Reservoir today. No word on injuries, at least one person airlifted to hospital. Such a dangerous section of road, please drive safe.
Traffic collision by the Nicasio Reservoir. Sounds like it might be a rolled over truck and a Ferrari? Be prepared for traffic delays. Hopefully everyone ok. Anyone have more info?
Via PRNPS “Kehoe Beach and Kehoe Beach Trail are closed until further notice due to a grounded vessel.”
Check their web site for updates: https://nps.gov/pore/planyourv...
Photo by GB
Apparently there is a whale stuck on a sandbar near Marshall Store in Tomales Bay. Hopefully it will get unstuck as the tide comes in, has anyone seen it? You can see the spout here. (Thx MO)
It sounds like an empty fisherman's boat was found near Elephant Rock in Point Reyes with his cel phone in it. Search under way for him now on the beaches and out at sea. I hope he's ok and they find him. Anyone else have any more details? (Thx RD)
A truck flipped over earlier and I’ve heard reports that SFD is closed or one lane by Samuel P Taylor. Anyone have updates?
From Kathy Runnion.
"My brother wrote this tribute for Lee Richardson, including the photos. I thought some of you might appreciate it:
I recall the dog days of summer and endless days of sitting on a boat while catching huge trout. I was mesmerized by the gentle rock of the water and could spend all day like that, in total peace and quiet, dreaming. Then suddenly: the fight of a big fish!
It just didn’t seem right. I felt guilty for having so much fun.
So if the fish would just let me, I’d have some lunch, then like to feel guilty some more.
I’d eventually have dinner ready on the boat as well, and the day melted along with the sun.
The fishing was so good, I just hated any interruption of it. Any time I felt an urge to come in for a bit, I just promised myself ‘one more cast and I will.’
A cast of thousands then ensued, with each one being that last, promised cast. Sure enough, the light of day passed, then nothing but pitch blackness surrounded me, ruining all my fun. The nightly “lights out” provided by mother nature reminded me of my own mother wagging her finger at me and saying: “tomorrow is another day” as I leaned into the refrigerator for the 16th time.
You never wanted ANY reason to stop, but I guess today just HAD to be postponed for “tomorrow.”
But suddenly I had to deal with an unnerving silence and obvious blindness around me. If you’ve ever taken a night walk in the Sierra, your vision would be about one inch, and Webber was THE example. It got so dark and quiet, I felt like Helen Keller. You suddenly went from being a cool, die-hard fisherman to a lonely dummy sitting in the middle of nowhere surrounded by water, blind, and with a chorus of 200 laughing coyotes that started just for effect, but did not help with anxiety. But hey, I only needed to find Lee’s dock here.
Somebody’s solar-powered lights flickered on at the other end of the lake, and it was a mild comfort to see SOME sign of civilization, but it was no beacon for my cause. I turned around and looked off towards Lee’s campground engulfed somewhere inside the black silhouette of heavy timber on the opposite end of the lake. It was a starless hole, and a bit scary, unlike the clean mountain sky that rested just above the tree line. At least the stars there provided some light.
Yet it was impossible to see the shore, and I wondered where Lee was anyway. I wondered where the hell everybody was for that matter. It seemed no lights were on along the entire north end of the lake, a normally busy camping stretch. I heard a group of people laughing way off in the distance, and I imagined it was Lee making jokes about my situation while plotting a crowd to witness it all.
Man, it was dark. Damn this addiction. Now look at me. I just pulled on the rope, the motor started, and I putted off—taking my chances and hoping I wouldn’t crash the boat or bottom out. Now and then I’d hit a patch of floating weeds that made the motor bog down, but it always kept going, foregoing the inevitable torcher my mind would have perpetrated—that is, being stranded in the middle of a weed patch and maybe having to jump into it to swim back to shore—a group of lucky campers laughing while offering their help. Lee leading them all of course, as we always considered teasing each other in the highest regard and could never pass up an opportunity such as the one my mind just made up.
But like I said: ‘the motor always kept going’ –ALWAYS. Nothing EVER seemed to go wrong when I was at Webber. I did NOT get stuck. Sorry Lee.
So the tiny boat with its beleaguered passenger gurgled along and cut through the darkness, hoping for the best. Every now and then a flicker of lightning sparked off to the right and briefly illuminated the entire lake; but the flash quickly returned black, and the coyotes yelped.
I strained into the void. Suddenly a dim, yellow light flickered somewhere off in that best-guess range of view. The light grew whiter and stronger. I gambled it was Lee and adjusted my steering towards his possible marker. Indeed it was Lee’s pier, and when I finally docked his boat, he emerged somewhere from out of the darkness, stepped up onto the dock, then sauntered along its modest length and to its wobbly end. He picked up his lantern and said: “put a shirt on, we’re going to the McCarthy’s for a shrimp fry.”
The very next night went the same. I came in late, the lantern hissing at the end of the pier, then Lee walked out and said: “put a shirt on, we’re going to Harold and Liesel’s for Lasagna.”
Then the next night came, with the same lantern hissing and sputtering at the end of the pier. “Put on a shirt,” he says. “We’re going to Calpine for prime rib.”
And so it went for 17 straight days before reality finally found me and called me back home; ending my stay in Heaven. I had turned solid red from being on the water at 7000’ during the best part of an otherwise hot, sunny, superb, Sierra summer. The reflection off the water had fried me.
So where is this dream I was just in anyway? Was it real? By whose benevolent hand did I land there?
So I hear now that my aged friend has finally left us. Lee certainly was something. Let’s face it, he was a “father figure” to me for those magical 17 days; and for a successive period of years after; probably as he was to most of us.
As my sister is a long-time Point Reyes resident, I often stopped by to visit Lee when visiting her. I also lived there for a period. He could not get rid of me.
When I knocked, he was always excited to see me. He’d say stuff like: “Good God, I’m going to have to enlarge the damn door.”
Honestly, we’d then spend half the day together.
Now Lee was a bit younger than my true father. But both men seemed cut from a like mold.
Lee and I would sit at a table, drink coffee, and talk for hours before starting our day; just like I did with my own dad. Around lunch we’d finally get out of our pajamas: me to go fishing, and Lee to go off and split thirty cords of wood or something. But it was those long “talks” that solidified our friendship. I learned so much from him and had some things to offer as well.
My own father, still alive at the time, but separated from me by 1000 miles, seemed to be pouring out of Lee in both men’s combined experience as Lee talked. They were so much alike, Listening to Lee was like visiting my own dad. A real “bro-mance” was brewing here, but I was actually starting to love him like I love my own dad—plain and simple.
Even Lee’s mannerisms mimicked my father’s. As interesting and respected as they were, they could sometimes be gruff, caustic, or direct. But underneath all that were those proverbial big hearts. We all knew that about our dads.
You could certainly trust both men. Lee and my father lived through the social norms and historical context of their lives and, as both men were very principled, they applied those principles considered correct for each issue of that time. Virtually every experience is talked about through that lens. And that is what I took from our visits. A wealth of information and help.
These men were storied. They spilled their treasures of knowledge and experience for everyone, for all of us, all along their way like a Spanish galleon with a hole in its bottom. As our two lives passed, Lee loaded me up with his own life, using sarcasms and wit and lots of color along the way—but mainly by spending time and by going on excursions together. He was intelligent, very opinionated, and could certainly be funny. He was a respected teacher and role model to me. My time with him is cherished. My friends who have never met Lee, still know him anyway. The man was a factory for memories, and I will always have mine.
Lee, I am hoping we can hook up again when my time comes.
I’ll be looking for your lantern, old friend.
Love always and happy travels. A piece of you lives strong in me, and always will. I am better and richer for having met you and sharing those experiences uniquely our own. I’ll always remember your laughter, your company, your stories and insights, your friendship, your endless generosity, and the blessing that you were.
Here’s to your life; and oh what a life.
Your friend always,
Anyone get some good shots of the sunset clouds tonight? This is Point Reyes.
The streak of dry days in Inverness is broken. Not a drought buster by any measure, but we'll take it.
- Winter is back this week, near freezing temperatures expected with the coldest day being Wednesday. A very slight chance of some precipitation here, but there will be some snow in the Sierras.
- Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber said that although it was a great time of year for prescribed burns on the coast, he was discouraged that Fire Forward’s burn at Audubon Canyon ranch last week led to an unexpected “slop-over” that needed an emergency response.
- Marin’s businesses will have to meet new goals for diverting organic waste from landfills after a statewide mandate took aim at greenhouse gas emissions. For residents to comply with the new composting rule, they must place all food scraps in their green bins. Supermarkets, grocery stores over 10,000 square feet and food wholesalers must now donate the maximum possible amount of edible food that would otherwise end up in the garbage to a food bank or nonprofit.
- On January 28, 1913, The Samoa, carrying twenty-one men and 380,000 feet of lumber hit Ten Mile Beach in Point Reyes and broke up. All twenty-one men were saved.
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Medical emergency on Bay View Trail which brought a helicopter to Inverness and a car collision on Rt. 1 by Marshall which also has air support coming. Point Reyes Station is packed and the roads are full. Be safe everyone.
Via PRNPS: “The stairs down to the Point Reyes Lighthouse have closed as of 2:30 pm Sunday 2/20 due to wind speeds over 40 mph.”
Mask mandate lifted. Inverness Park Market.
Car rolled over an embankment in Point Reyes near North Beach this afternoon. Single driver out of the car. Hopefully he's ok.
An older woman fell off the rocks on the south end of McClures Beach in Point Reyes. She looked like she was going to be ok.
Some sort of rescue happening in Point Reyes. Subject at McClures Beach. Helicopter was requested.
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- A two acre brush fire broke out near Audubon Canyon Ranch on Rt. 1 just north of Stinson Beach. This was particularly dangerous because of the extreme heat and offshore wind. Fire crews quickly put it out. There had been a controlled burn in the area the day before, but no one has said publicly if there was a connection.
- "State health officials said Monday that they will allow the statewide indoor face mask mandate to expire on Feb. 15. “Marin no longer has a local health order around masking, so we’ll align with the state,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, Marin County’s DPHO."
- A young fisherman from San Francisco is still missing after he and two adults were swept off the rocks at Muir Beach. The two adults he was with have were recovered safely with no injuries. Recovery operations have been suspended.
- A generator caught fire last night at Marconi Center in Marshall but fire crews quickly extinguished it.
- An attempt at compromise between the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and proponents of civilian oversight was set aside last week by county supervisors, after public speakers decried the proposal for a community working group as ineffectual and inadequate. . “We are looking for systemic change in an oppressive system, which has a massive imbalance of power in the hands of law enforcement,” Lisa Bennett, co-chair of ICE Out of Marin, said at last Tuesday’s hearing on the proposal.-
Another unseasonably epic night at the beach in Point Reyes. This big guy was covering himself with seaweed to cool off. Some big low tide sand art and another sublime sunset.
Structure fire at Marconi Center in Marshall.
"Deputies and Marin County Fire making access to a reported vegetation fire near Audubon Canyon off Shoreline Highway north of Stinson Beach.
No threat to the community at this time."
Via Marin Public Works: "February 8-11, we're doing concrete/asphalt work as we near completion of Lucas Valley Road project. From 8AM-5:30PM, traffic will be on 1 lane. Road will be open outside work hours."
Via Greg Wong at KCBS: "Two fishermen have been rescued however a San Francisco man remains missing in the ocean at Muir Beach on Monday afternoon.
The three men, all from San Francisco, were hiking to water from the Muir Beach overlook, according to Golden Gate National Parks Service officials. Two of the men were rescued cliffside and brought to shore unharmed by a California Highway Patrol helicopter, but the other individual remains missing."
Sounds like they were swept off the rocks by big waves.
Here is your news summary to get ready for the week:
Hot weather ahead. An intense dome of high pressure will build over the West Coast, bringing an extended period of summerlike, potentially record-breaking heat to California.
A project to address saltwater contamination affecting the West Marin water supply is set to begin after nearly a year’s delay — and at a much higher price.The North Marin Water District has approved a $192,000 construction contract to build a new well that would be free from saltwater contamination that has affected two-thirds of its wells.
The North Marin Water District voted this week to relax water use restrictions that have been in place since early 2020 for Point Reyes Station, Inverness Park, Paradise Ranch Estates, Bear Valley and Olema. Residents will be asked to voluntarily conserve by 15% compared to the last normal water year of 2013. Previously, these residents were required to cut back water use by 25%.
A draft list of potential housing sites raised some unexpected new opportunities for West Marin to meet the state’s goals. In a list released last week, the county identified more than 75 properties on the coast that could add nearly 1,000 new housing units if they were rezoned and developed.
Six months after the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria announced it would rebuild the roundhouse at Kule Loklo, the site remains in disrepair, frustrating the replica village’s devotees and reinforcing the rift between the Sonoma County-based tribe and West Marin’s unenrolled community of Coast Miwok descendants.
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Power outage cleanser. The West Marin Sunset Feed was out in Point Reyes tonight and we spotted this great horned owl that was so big I thought it was a bobcat.
Medical emergency near Vlads with helicopter support. Anyone know what’s going on?
Car accident in Inverness Park which may be related to power off in Inverness. Sounds like power line down over road. Expect delays, you may have to use Portola. Anyone have info?
Be ready for downed trees and power outages. Drive safe! From NWS Bay Area: "A high wind watch has been issued across the majority of the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains (excluding the Santa Clara valley) for gusty northerly winds. These gusty winds arrive between Monday night and Thursday morning and forecast to be strongest in the N Bay mtns."
Anyone else hear all those planes and helicopters going over West Marin? Looked like a Super Hercules and some V-22 Ospreys? Is that training?
Another bad traffic accident on SFD near White Hill School this morning. Hopefully everyone ok. Expect delays if that is part of your commute. (Thx GO and LP)
Does anyone know the details of the accident yesterday that closed down Sir Francis Drake near White Hill in Fairfax? Apparently there was a bicycle involved and possibly a fatality? I can't find any news reports about, sounded very sad.
Not something you see every day in Point Reyes. A bunch of dudes surfing solid waves on an inflatable raft out at the beaches.(Thx JG)
From locally based Emergence Magazine: "Across the United States, Indigenous communities are calling for sweeping revisions to stories commonly told as “history”—stories that, even today, neglect and erase Indigenous peoples and serve as justification for continued ownership of stolen Indigenous lands.
This three-part series is the multigenerational story of a Coast Miwok family’s eviction from their ancestral home in Northern California and one woman’s mission to bring the living history of her family back to the land. Throughout this series, Theresa Harlan chronicles the story of her family’s displacement from their homestead on a cove in Tomales Bay and shares her grassroots efforts to involve the wider community in protecting both the history and the future of this place.
As she tells her family’s story, Theresa makes a powerful claim: remembering and retelling inclusive histories has the power to create a more just future. In this series we ask: Who gets to define history? In what ways is it our responsibility to ensure that a shared history is an accurate and just representation of the places we call home?"
From local shark researcher Scot Anderson: "I found this receiver buoy on North Beach last week. John Eleby from PRNS helped me recover it! The receiver was deployed off Point Reyes in 2011 and should have several years of data from acoustically tagged White Sharks that have visited the area over the years. We are extremely grateful to PRNS and John Eleby for the help in retrieving this receiver!
Last year, a receiver buoy that was anchored off Tomales Point washed ashore on Dillon Beach. It supposedly was picked up and brought to Dillon Beach Resort. However, we went to pick it up and they said it was most likely thrown away. As the data recorded on these receivers are invaluable, we never give up hope that it might be somewhere other than the trash can. It's not obvious what these things are so it may be on someone's lawn, or in a pile of crab pots. If someone has seen this missing buoy, it would be of great help and really awesome if we could get this back!
Scot, Paul, Sal"
Via Bolinas Fire: "EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURE: Mesa Road at Olema-Bolinas Road. Mesa Road will be CLOSED from approx. 3:30pm today OVERNIGHT into Tuesday, January 25th.
ALL vehicular access to Mesa Road will be through Terrace Avenue. PLEASE USE CAUTION on Terrace Avenue, and drive slowly." Anyone know why?
Via MarinIJ “Two people were arrested in West Marin on Sunday morning after a reported home burglary in Inverness. The incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. when Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to a possible residential burglary.
Deputies and a National Park Service ranger following the neighbor’s description stopped a vehicle on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road near Highway 1.
Craig Mitchell Weaver, 34, of San Rafael, and Lia Watts, 37, of San Rafael, were found in the vehicle. Deputies searching the vehicle found items stolen from the Inverness residence along with suspected drugs and paraphernalia.”
This must have been an interesting exchange. I wonder if the dispatcher asked if he was sure it wasn't a bobcat. And, did he get help? From the Point Reyes Light sheriff's calls.
The West Marin Sunset Feed missed both the sunset and that wild moonrise tonight. Anyone else get pictures of it?
The bunnies outside the fence on the PR/Petaluma Rd really stress me out. I want to pull over and pick them everytime I drive by. Anyone else?
This video from Mickey Murch in Bolinas shows how dangerous a tsunami surge can be. "I just watched it go from low tide to high tide in one minute." Watch the whole thing.https://www.instagram.com/tv/C...
Waves spotted in the Bolinas lagoon from the tidal surge this morning. (Thx LS)
“**A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for the U.S. West Coast, including our area. Arrival time of waves: around 7:35 AM this morning**
A tsunami capable of producing strong currents hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures is expected. #cawx”
Has anyone else heard these? "Loud and repeated night-time booms have bewildered San Geronimo Valley residents for the past month. The explosions, heard and even felt from Woodacre to Lagunitas, have prompted discussions on Nextdoor and multiple calls to the Sheriff’s Office, but so far remain unexplained.
“[It’s] definitely a mystery that people in the valley are following closely because it’s so loud and perplexing,” valley resident Becky Bond said. Some neighbors have pinpointed the noises, which usually occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and midnight, as coming from near the former San Geronimo Golf Course or the Roy’s Redwoods Preserve."
Full Story: https://www.ptreyeslight.com/n...
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We especially need kids and coaches from West Marin so we can have teams out here!
"West Marin Little League Spring 2022 Season: We are excited to announce that Registration is Open for the Spring 2022 WMLL season! Come be a part of the amazing baseball community we have created in San Anselmo, Fairfax and West Marin. From our Opening Day Parade through downtown Fairfax, to our annual night games under the lights in Fairfax, Nicasio and Woodacre, you can count on WMLL to provide great baseball instruction and lots of fun!
Registration fee scholarships/discounts are available for players in financial need.
Sign up now for the Spring 2022 season of WMLL and play baseball with your friends on the most beautiful ball fields in Marin County."
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Crazy day in Point Reyes topped off by a gorgeous sunset. Anyone get a photo of it?
Sunset coyotes are the best coyotes. A stunner in Point Reyes tonight.
So much to catch up on in the last couple of days. Check out the last two email updates for the latest news and photos:
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Some of the stories covered:
- The whales are back, via Point Reyes NPS: Whale count: 12 grays, 2 humpbacks. A blue whale also reported! Seen from the observation desk at top of lighthouse stairs.
- The western monarch butterfly, a migratory population that overwinters on the California coast, has both delighted and befuddled conservationists this year with an apparent surge after last year’s low numbers.
- Skeletal remains found in a remote area of the Point Reyes National Seashore were identified late last month as belonging to a Petaluma man who went missing nearly a decade ago.
- The chief of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Thane Kreiner, resigned last week after just nine months in the position.
- Lots of sunshine and not much rain for at least the next two weeks.
Photo of Point Reyes by The West Marin Feed.
If you're looking for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, they are available tomorrow (Wednesday, January 5) at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center from 10am to 1:30pm. Appointments required.
If you're looking for PCR tests (these aren't rapid), one option is Curative. You can search on their site for locations: https://curative.com/
From the Lawson Landing Fishing Report blog about that water rescue on Saturday: "Three crabbers in a 12 foot boat were cruising down the channel off of Sand Point when the boat came to a sudden stop. Water immediately started coming over the transom and within seconds the boat sank.
The three crabbers were able to swim to shore on Tomales Point and were brought back over by the Marin County Fire Department and the CHP helicopter.
From the third-hand account I heard, it sounds to me like they ran over a crab rope and buoy that were held underwater by the ripping outgoing current, and that ripping outgoing current then washed over the now stern-anchored vessel.
That'll sink you quick. I'm guessing that the 48 degree water is probably not conducive to continued human life, so good on those guys for getting to shore quickly." (Thx TB)
This week's "Roll into the Week" email newsletter includes:
- COVID is surging across the country, the state and in Marin County. Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Get tested if you think you've been exposed. Testing happening Monday and Wednesday 3pm to 5pm at West Marin Community Services. And Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to noon at the former golf course in San Geronimo. (See newsletter for more details)
- King tides hit Marin this week (Chicken Ranch Beach pictured here).
- Local wildlife photographer Carlos Porrata was profiled in the MarinIJ.
- The forecast is for less rain and lots of sun, but not this week apparently. Raining in Inverness now.
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We got up on the ridge today in Point Reyes to get a new perspective for 2022. WMF wishes you all a safe, productive and happy new year.
We pulled into Drakes Beach in Point Reyes today and saw an elephant seal sitting in the middle of the parking lot in danger of being hit by cars. Two park employees showed up, blocked the area off and with a simple tarp, guided the big boy back to the new lagoon. Good job!
IMPORTANT NOTE: West Community Services is NOT doing COVID-19 testing this week.
WMF was going to wait for this update until holiday numbers are calculated, but the backlog is causing a delay. Omnicron is here and spreading like wildfire. Get vaccinated. Get your booster. Wear a mask indoors around other people. More info in the links below. Follow the CDC guidelines.
"Across the Bay Area, signs now point to the current surge in coronavirus cases, driven by the highly infectious omicron variant, topping the peak in delta cases over the summer and becoming the region’s second worst wave of infection since the pandemic began.
And with a backlog of testing results from the Christmas weekend still being counted, the spike in new infections is expected to grow quickly.
Case rates in at least two Bay Area counties — San Francisco and Marin — have already crept past their delta zenith.
Still, in a state where more than 70% of people are fully vaccinated, hospitalizations remain relatively low, with about 4,400 people now hospitalized with COVID-19 compared to more than 8,700 in August during the delta surge.
But hospitalization numbers, even in the highly vaccinated Bay Area, are beginning to creep up, and it’s unclear when they might level off."
Marin County Coronavirus Data:https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
Marin County Coronavirus Testing Info:https://coronavirus.marinhhs.o...
Merry Christmas and happy holiday. A nice rainbow spotting in Point Reyes today (Thx AN). Hearing lots of reports of positive COVID tests. Stay safe, get vaccinated, get your booster, wear a mask.
Thursday (Dec. 23) is the last full shopping day before Christmas. If you are still searching for a perfect gift, here are some great local options to check out. You can also get gift cards from local restaurants and shops.
The hoodies in the photo are available at the Tom Biagini Gallery in Inverness.
Point Reyes Station:
Sea to See
Toby's Feed Barn
Cabaline County Emporium & Saddlery
Loose Joint Records
Point Reyes Surf Shop
The Little Store
Susan Hayes Handwoven
West Marin Community Services Thrift Store
Point Reyes Books
Point Reyes Jeweler
The West Marin Pharmacy
Ace Building Supply
The Station House
Toby's Coffee Bar
Inverness Park Market
Tom Biagini Gallery
The Inverness Store
Saltwater Oyster Depot
The Marshall Store
Sir and Star
Buy someone a subscription to the Point Reyes Light.
I know I didn't get everyone. Feel free to add on to the list in the comments.
Ever wonder why the average tank levels go down in Inverness what its raining? Wade Holland, the customer service manager at IPUD (Inverness Public Utility District), explains why. "To the extent it is possible, we avoid operating the treatment plants while it is raining and the creeks are roiled up, because the turbidity in the incoming water overloads and clogs up the membrane filters. Cleaning the filters is laborious and time-consuming (and reduces their life, and they are quite expensive to replace). So, we typically shut the plants down during rainy periods and while the source streams are stirred up. During these times we have to live off tank storage.
Sometimes while it is raining continuously we will go two or three days without putting any new water into the system. This means the tanks are being drawn down at exactly the time when there is abundant water falling from the sky. Fortunately, these events occur during the time of the year when demand is lowest, so we can go much longer in the winter living off the tanks than would be the case during the summer (of course, the turbidity problem does not occur during the summer dry season).
Recently, we've also been juggling operational complexities related to the work on replacing the Tenney tanks, a consequence of which was that we had to let the overall tank levels fall. The first of the two new tanks is now operational and the other tank has been taken offline and is being dismantled. Because we are now anticipating rain on a daily basis for perhaps as long as a week, we expect to continue to see the tank levels' percentage dropping. We would, of course, start processing turbid water if that should become necessary to keep up with customer demand."
We have an amazing (and fragile) water system in Inverness run by an extremely dedicated staff. You can learn more about it and get the latest data at the IPUD web site:https://www.invernesspud.org/
- The holidays are here, and so is the rain. Expect more of it this week. Lots of COVID testing options available if you're spending time with people over the holidays.
- The very talented local chef, Dave Cook, is having a one time dinner pop up at the Tomales Bay Resort (12938 Sir Frances Drake Blvd, Inverness) this evening (Monday, Dec. 20) from 4pm to 7pm. Sesame crusted Ahi Tuna and, "Mary's" roast sage chicken. Beverages sold separately with a corkage fee. No reservations.
- It's also 'locals night" at the Saltwater in Inverness (every Monday) with football on the screen and darts along with some affordable (and delicious) eating options.
- WMF also just bought a very stylish Cheda's Garage t-shirt and baseball cap as stocking stuffers. Remember to support your local shops, artisans and community members this holiday. And be safe!
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Wild West Ferments took this video of salmon spawning in Lagunitas Creek along SFD yesterday. Apparently there are a lot of them. So that’s something.
A week ago the water level was nowhere near the lip of the spillway at the Nicasio Reservoir. Today this is where it was. Amazing.