Posts Tagged ‘GGNRA’

The Drone Bros of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Agin the rules this is:

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Sorry, Bros.

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Still, mad props for the state of drones these days, able to hover in like 30 MPH gusts – I thought it could have been a hawk at first.

Choose wisely, else you might get cited

If You’re Going to be a Bicycle Bandit in Marin County, This is How You Should Do It – Speeding Down Hill 88

Friday, July 28th, 2017

I don’t know what you’d call this area – Hill 88 is to the right, so I guess you could say Wolf Ridge or Tennessee Valley, and Bro ended up at the saddle with Gerbode Valley. Speaking of which, Where’s Waldo?

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Oh there he is, way down there, speeding along the Miwok Trail, the part what’s not allowed for bike riders.

But he could see that nobody had just started down and that nobody had started coming up, because he waited for a while.

Why are bikes banned on this one section? IDK. Prolly because it’s Steeper Than Average. And it’s narrow in parts, let’s call it singletrack.

But it’s in good shape, as a trail. So I guess all that makes it A Challenge…

Surprise! Newly Refurbished Baker-Barry “Five-Minute” Tunnel is 1) Bright; 2) Dry; and 3) Not Smelly, At All

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Here it is:

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Here’s how things used to be – dark, wet and smelly:

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Area Yelpers are not yet yelping about the improvements, but they will, someday, I’m sure:

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All the deets, from our feds:

Marin Headlands: Tunnel and Scenic Overlook Parking/Pull-Outs

Tunnel re-opened June 3, 2017

Updated June 6, 2017

The major phases of the Baker-Barry Tunnel preservation project are complete. Crews have addressed fissures and cracks in the tunnel wall, pumped polyurethane into the gaps around the tunnel lining, and installed a new, more energy-efficient lighting system. The historic tunnel is now preserved to bring the next generation of park visitors to the Marin Headlands.

Parking and pull-outs are now open to vehicles on Conzelman Road east of the McCullogh traffic circle.

For a summary of the work to date and photos inside the project, read this recent article in the Marin IJ.

 

About the Tunnel Preservation Project: Safer Surfaces. Better Lighting.

This project repaired the tunnel’s concrete structure. Repaired cracks and leaks resulted in a slippery film of sediment that created a safety hazard for vehicles and bicyclists.

A new tunnel LED light system will reduce energy use by an estimated 40% from what was the single largest energy user at Golden Gate National Recreation Area! The new lights also better illuminate the tunnel for vehicles and bicyclists.

We also replaced water and sewer lines mounted in the tunnel. The outdated water and sewer lines were subject to frequent breaks which resulted in tunnel closures.

What Happens to You When You Fly a Drone in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area – Video – Cited on Mt. Tam

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Start at 7:00 and finish at 9:00, so as to avoid a couple instances of the B-word, one more offensive than the other:

(I think the fine is just $125.)

But if you want to make a car commercial, well, I bet that you just might be able to get a permit and then you can fly to your heart’s content.

Sand Boat Instagram, Rodeo Beach 94941

Monday, November 14th, 2016

CF4804HT betwixt Rodeo Lagoon and Rodeo Cove:

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The Baby Salmon of Redwood Creek in Muir Woods – They’re Still Around, in 2016, But…

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

…who knows about the Future:
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The Advisability of Riding Your Bike Through the Bunker Road Tunnel Whether the Light is Green or Not

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Here it is, your Bunker Road Tunnel* to Rodeo Beach and beyond.

The driver of this old Datsun(!) pickup truck seemed to be giving this cyclist a little bit of room, but then a shout came out…

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…from this guy going the other way. So whoops, the Datsun driver moves a yard or two to the right. Thusly:

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Bikes have dedicated lanes in this tunnel but cars don’t. Does that mean that bikes don’t have to wait up to five minutes for a green light the way cars have to? I know not. The surfer dudes in the 4WD pickup could not possibly look more like Marin Locals, like Regulars on this stretch of road, but the driver was surprised to see a cyclist going the other way? Now because it’s a tunnel, shouting works, but what if dudes had had the radio on and couldn’t hear? There could have been an accident.

Seems that waiting for the green would be safer. There’s room for debate, I suppose. (I think I’d want to see a sign saying it’s OK for bikes to proceed afore I ran a red light…)

EPILOGUE:

A single-lane tunnel carries Bunker Road from the Rodeo Valley to U.S. 101. Built in 1918, this tunnel is known as Baker-Berry Tunnel but also known as the Bunker Road Tunnel or the Five Minute Tunnel. A date stamp on the western entrance to the Baker-Barry Tunnel lists 1994, which may have been the year the tunnel was retrofitted for earthquake protection or reconstructed for other reasons. Additional work was completed in 2013 to allow for wider approaches for bicyclists. A traffic signal governs the flow of traffic into the tunnel, since only one direction may proceed at a time.

*Some mock the Yelp for rating a tunnel:

“Solid four-star tunnel… Screw you, Yelp.”

“What can I say, it’s a hole in the ground..lol”

Why Doesn’t Frisco’s Deadly Ocean Beach have Lifeguard Towers? – IDK – Here’s the Substitute, the BEACH PATROL

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Well I guess the basic answer is that having SoCal-style, LIFEGUARD ON DUTY structures in Frisco is that it would cost a lot of money.

So there’s that. And I’ve also heard that having lifeguard towers around would send a message that OB is a safe place to swim. (And certainly it’s not. It’s not even a safe place to wade in.)

Anyway, here’s one of the trucks they send out when people go missing:

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Innovation Capital Of The World is what some call us. Or rather it’s what some, effectively, pay the Mayor to call us. Is a pickup truck with a surfboard “innovative?” IDTS.

Anyway, here’s a newsflash about America’s Most Dangerous Beach from 18 years ago. Not much has changed since then. We have a few more signs now, but otherwise…

Eight is Enough: Area Man Pushes the Limits of Dog-Walking in the Presidio

Monday, April 18th, 2016

But if he has his dog walking license (and all these Frisco pooches are registered, which is unlikely but whatever), then this spectacle is Nice And Legal, AFAIK.

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(As you can see, at least one tourist at the Broadway Gate thought this scene was noteworthy enough.)

Have fun, pooches!

Oh, “DOG MANAGEMENT RULE BOUNDARY” Means “NO DOGS ALLOWED” AT ALL on Ocean Beach in the Sunset? Oh

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Yeah, me right near the beach
Right near my reach is the fire for the streets
If the feds test me, me gwan take aim
Crunch like Nestle, Snipe from the planes
Snipe like Wesley, punch like Hawaiian
Snipe from the planes, yeah we shoot while we flying

Take a look, here’s what our Feds have planned for Ocean Beach:

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Or, IOW, San Francisco is for plovers:

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Let’s take a look to some of the reasons why the Feds want to protect things and critters from dog owners. Here are some Western Snowy Plovers up north at Crissy Field:

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Dogs mess with the boids, that’s the problem:

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Now let’s head over to Ocean Beach. These aren’t snowy plovers, but the dogs don’t care:

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Actually, that’s one of the beefs of some of the unhinged dog activists, that volunteers keeping track of these critters can’t tell a rare plover from a quite-common sanderling…

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…but it’s real easy IRL.

Here we go, Ocean Beach again:

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There are pros and cons to banning dogs from most of Ocean Beach of course.

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But so far, attempts to fix things, like this…

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…haven’t really worked…