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

Morning magic here in Inverness. Calm before the storm?
"No matter where you are on Earth, look eastward as soon as darkness falls. The full moon and the dazzling planet Jupiter will couple up together just above the eastern horizon at nightfall. Think photo opportunity!"

YES! "After quiet weather with warm temperatures through Wednesday, we are keeping an eye on a substantial change in the weather slated for Thursday through Sunday. Confidence remains high that rain will return to our area later this week as a moist flow off the Pacific will bring rainfall back to our area." - NWS Bay Area

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

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

Sonoma Sheriff's Helicopter Unit, Henry 1, had a busy weekend: "A woman injured in a fall was rescued by helicopter Saturday from the lighthouse at the Point Reyes National Seashore." That's what all the sirens were about on Saturday. Nice to know we've got such good team watching our backs.

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

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

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

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

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

Surfer’s ring, lost on Bolinas beach in 1979, returned after 35 years. Remember, there's always hope...
"Biologists who monitor the seal population recently spotted the first pup of the season born on the beach at Point Reyes. Most pups are born in January, and initially are about 3 to 4 feet long and weigh about 60 pounds. "


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

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

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

Here's some inspiration for the New Year. A great post about how Colin Carpenter built this gorgeous, completely off-the-grid house in Inverness a few years ago. Living the dream.
Maybe Ken Fulk and Hidden Dragon should take some notes...
Hadn't dawned on me that people might even try: "Point Reyes Visitors Warned Against Collecting Shellfish At Closed Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Site"


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

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

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

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.

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

12:18pm - "Traffic is now open both directions on Lucas Valley Rd after tree took out power lines Wednesday." Phew, hopefully that's the last post about that.
9:28am - Repair crews still hanging power lines along Lucas Valley Road near Skywalker Ranch in #MarinCounty. Road remains closed to all but locals. - @maringov
3:33pm - Early indication: it will be midnight before Lucas Valley Road is fully reopened. @CHPMarin could open a single lane sooner.
As of four hours ago, Lucas Valley Road still closed, anyone have any updated info? "Lucas Valley Road remains closed this morning because of downed power lines. Trees have been removed. Waiting on @PGE4Me." - @maringov
Jack Frost was in Point Reyes and Inverness this morning. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
4:11pm - Lucas Valley Road between San Rafael and West Marin closed both directions due to large tree and power lines down. Closed until tomorrow. - via @MarinSheriff
4:00pm - Tree down north of Hog Island on Route One. Fire Dept. says it will take about two hours to clear, not sure if road is fully closed.
3:21pm - Just got a report that a power line is down on Lucas Valley Drive about 10 minutes away from 101, road is closed for now. (thx CJ)
Christmas Eve Secret Spot; Where is this and why are they there?
Rare bird alert! LeConte's Sparrow seen at Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes. #rarebirdalert #pointreyes - via @AudubonCA
SF Chronicle gives some well deserved love to Steve and Kate today: "“Steve came to me with his idea, and I said it would never work, the community was too small,” recalls Malcolm Margolin, the publisher of Heyday Books in Berkeley. “He proved me wrong. But it turned out he wasn’t buying a bookstore, he was opening a community center.”" Shop local! (thx MM)

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."

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.

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