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The best part about Facebook (if there is one) is that there is a lot of really good information that people are able to add to stories in the comments. Unfortunately, you have to go to the Facebook post itself to see these comments, they cannot be imported onto this feed.
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 11:25pm
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 9:21pm
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.
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 12:43pm
So did anyone go? How was it? Star power in Point Reyes...
 Monday, December 29 ,2014 at 9:38am
7:28am - Intense fog going over the hill and CHP at the reservoir. Drive safe! And it's a spare the air day...
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:57pm
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:14pm
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 1:14pm
Has anyone ever gotten a parking ticket for parking at Chicken Ranch Beach?

Yesterday I got a ticket for parking on the shoulder of Sir Francis Drake Blvd just up from the beach. This is where I have been parking for ages to meet Carlos to go take photos, and where I see 100s of cars park weekly to visit the beach.

As you can see, I am parked facing the wrong way, though I am very far off the road. This cost me $61. To add to my pain, "PARKED ON SHOULDER/FREEWAY CVC 21718" was hand written on the ticket, raising my ticket to $106. SFD is a freeway?

I TOTALLY accept my violation and respect that the officer who wrote it was simply doing his/her job. So no friction, I totally understand. I am just curious of others experiences parking on the shoulder of SFD Blvd so I know for future reference.

Merry Christmas to me...
 Sunday, December 28 ,2014 at 10:11am
Shaping up to be another epic day in Point Reyes. (Who sees the flying cloud bird?)
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 8:03pm
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.
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 7:02pm
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 6:46pm
Two Bull Elephant Seals just outside the old cafe at Drakes all day today
 Saturday, December 27 ,2014 at 9:50am
95 #whales seen from the Point Reyes Lighthouse yesterday! Better watching conditions today...maybe we'll see a hundred! - via Point Reyes NPS
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 10:19pm
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 9:49pm
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?
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 8:04pm
A gorgeous sunset out at Limantour Beach caps off a beautiful day in Point Reyes.
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:33pm
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.""
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:33pm
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.
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 2:03pm
Anyone know the status of Lucas Valley Road now, at almost noon?
 Friday, December 26 ,2014 at 11:32am
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
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 11:04pm
Anyone know what sounds like gunfire or cannon shots occasionally in Lagunitas?
This is the third time I've heard a series of these pretty late at night, any ideas?
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 5:36pm
3:33pm - Early indication: it will be midnight before Lucas Valley Road is fully reopened. @CHPMarin could open a single lane sooner.
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 4:06pm
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
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 4:06pm
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 2:35pm
Anybody know for sure if Lucas Valley Road is open now? Thanks!
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 12:19pm
Merry Merry on a frosty Christmas morn.
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 10:34am
Jack Frost was in Point Reyes and Inverness this morning. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
 Thursday, December 25 ,2014 at 10:34am
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 6:24pm
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
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 6:09pm
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.
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 5:26pm
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)
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 3:38pm
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 2:53pm
Christmas Eve Secret Spot; Where is this and why are they there?
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 1:26pm
Wednesday morning: Kent Lake spilling
 Wednesday, December 24 ,2014 at 12:40pm
Last night's high tide took a boat tied up near Chicken Ranch beach. A 12" aluminum dinghy with oars and outboard motor. CF 9627 SM, 2015 registration. If anyone's seen it, please let me know. Thanks in advance.
 Tuesday, December 23 ,2014 at 7:24pm
Rare bird alert! LeConte's Sparrow seen at Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes. #rarebirdalert #pointreyes - via @AudubonCA
 Tuesday, December 23 ,2014 at 2:06pm
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)
 Monday, December 22 ,2014 at 9:42pm
The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed on Saturday & Sunday, January 10 & 11:
 Monday, December 22 ,2014 at 9:26pm
 Monday, December 22 ,2014 at 12:45pm
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."
 Monday, December 22 ,2014 at 12:15pm
News about Kent Lake. Why is this West Marin news? Because Nicasio Reservoir is drained when Kent Lake gets to a low level. Unfortunately, Nicasio doesn't provide water for thirsty people or crops in Nicasio or make it's way to Point Reyes, it is pumped up over the hill to quench East Marin's homes and lawns. Nevertheless, we all tend to use a quick glimpse of the Nicasio Reservoir as an assessment of our state of drought. Here is the news via Jean Berensmeier and her son Paul:
Tina and I just came back from running up to the Kent Lake spillway. Our timing was perfect. We actually got to see the water spill over the lip of the spillway! I've never been there at exactly that time! The big moment occurred at 8am. I took pictures to document this exciting event (first time in four years!).

Paul & Tina
Forest Andi Knoll
 Sunday, December 21 ,2014 at 1:36pm
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.
 Saturday, December 20 ,2014 at 2:10am
There was a coyote this morning just outside the Planned Feralhood cat enclosure, and Zackerie was taking a good look at him! Portola neighborhood - Keep your pets safe! This coyote was doing a nice long investigation of our kitties. Thank goodness they are safe and sound within our special fencing!
Sorry about the terrible quality of the pic - I had to grab it fast!
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 9:41pm
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 6:22pm
Power is out on the face of Inverness Mesa due to trees in contact with power lines. PG&E's website states that restoration will occur by 5pm.

Here's their outage web page with free updates via phone, text and email:
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 4:18pm
2:01pm - Slide blocking one lane Route 1 between Stinson and Bolinas, should be cleaned up soon, just be aware (via CHPMarin).
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 2:18pm
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 2:04pm
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 2:04pm
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)
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 1:18pm
Local Music Restoration Project Presents: Doug Adamz Music and Danny Vitali at the Dance Palace Church Space tonight at 7 pm. All ages, $10 at the door.
 Friday, December 19 ,2014 at 8:49am
6:42am - Ok, get ready for the next round of rain, because here it comes. Drive safe!
 Wednesday, December 17 ,2014 at 11:29pm
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: Thank you.
 Wednesday, December 17 ,2014 at 1:37pm
Crazy triple rainbow thing over Tomales Bay yesterday morning!
 Wednesday, December 17 ,2014 at 1:37pm
 Wednesday, December 17 ,2014 at 1:37pm
 Wednesday, December 17 ,2014 at 1:05pm
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."
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 7:50pm
Boom. Nicasio Reservoir is officially overflowing. (thx AP and EV).
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 7:37pm
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:29am
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:29am
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:29am
Perfect rainbow over Point Reyes.
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 10:15am
December 16, 2014
Eric Ettlinger, MMWD Aquatic Ecollogist
The third week of December is typically the mid-point of the coho spawning run on Lagunitas Creek. Spawner survey results before mid-December don't typically mean much in terms of predicting the season's coho run, but at this point I can let myself start feeling hopeful or worried about the season total. So with five weeks of surveys behind us, how do I feel about this year's coho run? In a word, disappointed. To date we've seen 51 coho redds, which is somewhat below average, and predicts a season total in the neighborhood of 150 redds. That total would rank in the bottom third of runs over the last 18 years, in a year when abundant rain has allowed coho to spawn wherever and whenever they want, unlike some past years. It may be that this week will mark a sharp upswing in coho spawning activity, but for now things don't look encouraging.

On a more positive note, we continue to see relatively large numbers of Chinook and chum salmon in the creek. To date we've counted 22 Chinook redds, which matches the pace of the big Chinook run of 2004-05, when we saw 125 Chinook and 44 redds. In the case of chum, "relatively large numbers" means three fish, but these few fish continue to be fascinating. Last week we again saw a male chum attempting to spawn with a female Chinook. In this instance the male had taken on the coloration of a female chum, with a solid, dark bar running the length of the fish (photo here <> ). We weren't fooled, however, because he was on a redd with an obviously female Chinook and his pattern of worn scales indicated that he had been fighting, not building a redd. Interestingly, it's been many years since we've seen a chum salmon displaying the bold purple and black stripes of spawning males. Maybe they only dress up like that in the presence of other males.

It looks like rain and high flows will keep us out of the creek for at least the next few days, if not all week. Hopefully coho are surging upstream as I write this.
 Tuesday, December 16 ,2014 at 9:58am
Another welcome sight. Where is this? And where is your favorite waterfall? Do you have a photo of it?
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:15pm
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:
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 8:28pm
6:11pm - Wow. That's some heavy rain.
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 8:28pm
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
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 5:56pm
Rainbows all over Nicasio! Any in Point Reyes? (Thx dw)
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 12:06pm
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:

The SFGate article is here:
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 11:36am
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:51am
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:51am
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.
 Monday, December 15 ,2014 at 9:21am
Does anybody out there know the story behind this steam engine that was revealed this weekend on Limantour? I saw it about first about 20 years ago and have wondered ever since.
 Sunday, December 14 ,2014 at 12:32am
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!
 Saturday, December 13 ,2014 at 6:04pm
They're back! A lone Elephant Seal relaxes on the beach at Drakes. #pointreyes
 Saturday, December 13 ,2014 at 11:53am
We think maybe we have Matsutaki mushrooms. They look right and they smell right but the spore print is white straight lines. Anybody familiar with these mushrooms and know how to identify them with certainty?
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 8:45pm
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 7:47pm
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
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 3:28pm
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.
 Friday, December 12 ,2014 at 1:10pm