Posts Tagged ‘Farallon’

Regatta de Blanc: White People + Annual THREE BRIDGE FIASCO = ??? (Also, MOTHERBOY is a Real Thing)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

(Not to be confused with Reggatta de Blanc, back when Sting did “White Reggae,” and that was the way we liked it!)

No, this was the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco, which certainly lived up to its name in 2018.

Of course, things started out OK last Sunday. (Can you see the building on the highest point of South East Farallon?)

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But then, look at this:

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It was a total FIRE SALE what needed attention from the Coasties:

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And then I was like, “Please don’t let this be white people, please don’t let this be white people,” and well, you know:

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So you had vessels going backwards under the bridge, going out with the tide. NTTAWWT, but I’m sure our local Bar Pilots aboard massive container ships Straight Outta Pusan didn’t appreciate all this foofarah.

Now look, it’s a tow, from MATER, get it? It’s Sir Tow Mater, KBE?

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Aint never seen this –  a sailboat towing a sailboat:

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Now this guy got all upset after I started giving him the business with my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Plus II, you know, for like five minutes – geez what a sore loser!

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No no, actually, the shot above is yet another one from the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and actually, dude looked totally competent, why not.

And these ppl too, they did fine – I guess they just got caught up with the TBF:

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But here’s how things ended, for some:

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Sad!

Oh well.

Anyway, here at the racing results for 2018, with just a 1% completion rate.

Oh, and fans of Arrested Development will be gratified to learn that MOTHERBOY is a real thing, at least it is at the St. Francis Yacht Club. See?

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(I came across this when I was trying to find out about the recent fiasco. You’re welcome.)

In closing, you beat me to the punch, yes, it was a “fiasco.” But I am therefore disarmed, if this affair was basically what was intended. And, unlike the America’s Cup, it didn’t cost John and Joan Q Taxpayer eight(!) figures in subsidy. So carry on, Fiascoers, but let’s be careful out there…

Your View of the Farallon Islands from Inside the 3.5-Starred Charlie Sava Pool Way Out There in the Sunset

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On a clear day, you can see the world’s most mouse-infested island from 19th Avenue:

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I was there at Sava during its kickoff back in aught-nine – this place was a money-no-object kind of thing, so I’m kind of surprised it’s only rated 3.5 on the Yelp scale.

Our Farallon Islands on a Somewhat Clear Day

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Westernmost Frisco, usually obscured from view:

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Frisco’s Very Own Sunken Radioactive Aircraft Carrier – See the USS Independence Courtesy of Dr Robert Ballard

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Here’s the history of the USS Independence wreck, down 2600 feet, near the Farallon Islands, and here’s the video feed live, like right now, or a little delayed, but good enough.

Before Bikini Atoll:

And after:

And now live video…

Your View of the South Farallon Islands as You Climb Out from SFO – Can You See Frisco’s Biggest Mouse Infestation?

Friday, August 5th, 2016

No, you cannot, but they’re still there.

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You can read up to learn how we can Restore the Farallones.

Basically, the Feds would pay some company to place poison all over, prolly from a chopper.

Someday we’ll get this done…

San Francisco Opposes the Feds Killing Off Mice on the Farallon Islands? Fear of Dead Seagulls Scaring Tourists?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Well, this is news to me.

All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?

Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”

I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.

Can you, Gentle Reader?

One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

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On a Clear Day You Can See the Farallon Islands from the Sunset District – But on a Foggy Day, Maybe Yes, Maybe No

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The biggest of the Farallones is in this shot, if you can spot it, 25 miles away…

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This was a much better than average day for looking for the Farallones…

Can You Name the Extreme Points of San Francisco – North, South, East, and West? It’s Hard!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is hard, this game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco.

If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island 

I’m srsly.

1. Northermost: Red Rock Island. It’s about eight miles north of Fisherman’s Wharf. Seems as if it’s always for sale. You can get there by kayak and then hike to the top if you want – put that on your bucket list.

As seen from the mainland of San Francisco. The Richmond San Rafael Bridge and East Brother Island are in the background:

Red Rock at 600mm on a very clear day. Don’t try this with your iPhone camera – your shot might not come out so hot.

2. Southernmost: Seal Rock, South Farallon Islands. It’s south of Southeast Farallon Island. It can be seen on the left side here.

And here it is as seen from Twin Peaks:

840mm, on a very clear day.

3. Westernmost: North Farallon Islands.

Actually, it’s this islet in the upper left here, seen with North Farallon Island and St. James Island in the lower right. (I’m surprised that this unnamed rock hasn’t yet been named for a longtime local political strongman like Willie Brown or Rose Pak):

4, Easternmost: Alameda Island. Surprise! Work out your denial issues here.

As seen from the (old) Bay Bridge, the eastern span, the one that was never named for a local political strongman, like Willie Brown or Rose Pak: 

Here are the four points, underlined, to sum up:

Oh, even better is if you let Google Maps highlight the county line in red. (If you zoom in on the linked page, you can also see a couple of places on Angel Island that Google similarly correctly ID’ed as parts of San Francisco.)

Thanks for playing!

UPDATE: Oh, man, you people are clever:

1. So what about SFO airport as southernmost? Well, that place is “owned and policed by the City and County of San Francisco, but is located in and entirely surrounded by adjacent San Mateo County.” So that’s why the San Mateo County Coroner was involved in the SFFD’s less-than-perfect handling of the Asiana 214 accident. Another situation would be with San Francisco’s O’Shaughnessy Dam up in Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite a murder on top of that dam would be prosecuted by the Tuolumne County DA (or maybe the Feds – you all might be right, IDK), not by the SFDA. Don’t ask me about which DA would handle a stabbing at San Francisco Jails #5 or #6 down in San Bruno, San Mateo County. (Perhaps the counties have an agreement over such matters? IDK.) OTOH, a crime on the western tip of Alameda Island would be handled by the SFDA.

2. And Candlestick Point (and the entire southern border of mainland SF)? It’s ever just ever north of the southernmost part of the Farallones – that’s a real close call.

Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea Lions

Monday, December 30th, 2013

See?

Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:

Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand

Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from Notes from Smellephant Island – The adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”

 

The “World’s Most Rodent-Packed Island” is in San Francisco – When Will We Let the Feds Kill the Mice on South Farallon?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here we go, from the USA Today from a few months back:

“Those suffering from musophobia would be wise to steer clear of the South Farallon Islands. The archipelago, which sits just 27 miles off San Francisco, is the most rodent-dense island in the world, with an average of 500 Eurasian house mice occupying each of its 120 acres (that’s 60,000 total).”

Now I’ll tell you, I have had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking island.

So why don’t we finally get rid of them, like this:

South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project: Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(That’s posted on a either pro-mouse or anti-mouse website – I just can’t tell and don’t really care.)

A few years back, up in Alaska, the Feds killed off all the rats on Rat Island in the Rat Island Group:

THE RAT ISLAND RAT ERADICATION PROJECT: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF NONTARGET MORTALITY – Final report issued December 2010

See? That was a huge success. Now the chopper pilots were nervous up there ’cause a big storm was coming so they wanted to bug out of there with a quickness so they didn’t follow their marching orders very well so more bald eagles died than was necessary. But they killed all the rats on Rat Island, hurray!

All we need to do is nothing. Then the feds can get off their asses and start killing all the mice.

“More study” is NOT needed.

That’s your update.

A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.

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Through the tinted glass of the ginourmous windows of Yelp-rated Sava Pool

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From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.

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Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?

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Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…