Posts Tagged ‘headlands’

Marin County’s Hill 88: A Wild Ghost Town in the Sky, and Former Home to Nuclear Bombs

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

This is the view from San Francisco over the Golden Gate – can you see the defunct buildings of Hill 88 in front of the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais? Those buildings were the eyes and ears of SF-88, southern Marin’s very own Nike Hercules missile complex.

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The actual nuclear warheads and missiles were stored at another facility down the hill – you can visit that place Wednesday through Saturday.

What’s shown in this photo above is the radar station part of the base, on the summit, where they had German shepherd guard dogs, machine guns, the whole magilla until the 1970′s. San Francisco also had a similar setup back in the day using the Presidio and Mount Sutro, but that was the smaller, non-nuclear Nike Ajax system and there’s really nothing left to visit anymore.

But in Marin, you can climb up to the hilltop facility of SF-88 whenever you want - you’ll get nice views and you’ll have a chance to see the graffiti.

Come visit Marin’s Wild Ghost Town in the Sky.

Cyclists Have No Worry About Cars on Marin County’s Conzelman Road

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Pretty much. There are more bikes than cars on this stretch of one-way road to the Point Bonita Light House and beyond in the Marin Headlands.

The catch is that you have to ride your bike all the way up the two-way part from where the road starts near the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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But otherwise, it’s a nice ride…

The Angry Pacific Ocean Vs. the Point Bonita Lighthouse

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

All you need to know about the Yelp-rated lighthouse at Point Bonita is right here.

Did the lighthouse keeper’s wife really tie up the kids on a leash when they played outside to keep them from falling into the ocean? That’s the story, anyway.

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Looks like that house might get sprayed with salt water sometimes.

See you there!

The View You Get From the 17th Hole of San Francisco’s Lincoln Park Golf Course

Monday, July 20th, 2009

What can you see here looking north from the 17th hole of the inexpensive and much-discussed Lincoln Park Golf Club (aka “Stinkin’ Lincoln”)? Well, there’s the teeing area, of course, but you can also see the Golden Gate and the Point Bonita Lighthouse, as well the houses of Muir Beach City and a good chunk of western Marin County.

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And when you get to the green, you get a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 Not too shabby for just $1-something per hole, huh?

“Until the 1840s the strait was called the “Boca del Puerto de San Francisco” (Mouth of the Port of San Francisco). On 1 July 1846, before the discovery of gold in California, the entrance acquired a new name. In his memoirs, John C. Frémont wrote, “To this Gate I gave the name of “Chrysopylae”, or “Golden Gate“; for the same reasons that the harbor of Byzantium was called Chrysoceras, or Golden Horn”

Marincello – The City of 30,000 That Almost Got Built Next to Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Marincello is the City That Never Was.

“Marincello was a failed development project in Marin County, California that would have put a metropolis full of homes, apartments, and hotels in a planned community atop the Marin Headlands, overlooking the Golden Gate. Its upheaval set the precedent for Marin County’s rigid anti-development stance and push for open space.”

See lots of large posters like this at SPUR’s new Urban Center at 654 Mission in the SoMA.

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It would have been like another Sausalito:

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Getting water might have been a problem.

Oh well.

The Happy, Jumping, Rubber-Chicken-Loving Dogs of Marin County

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Marin Headlands overlook near the Golden Gate Bridge was the site of Pico the Dog’s rubber chicken photo shoot.

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via mylerdude, 120K views so far…

Keep jumping, Pico!

The Longest Stoplight in the World – A Five Minute Wait in Marin County

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

The traffic light controlling the western entrance of the Bunker Road Tunnel in the Marin Headlands makes you wait five whole minutes. Why? Because it only has one lane for cars, so traffic goes west for a few minutes and then east and then back again, all day long.  

There’s another way back to the Golden Gate Bridge but it’s a whole lot hillier.

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And here’s your reward, after all the wait. Some people love it, while others get irritated: “Stop braking. Stop it, stop it.”

All in all, a fine tunnel. Look for it between Cavallo Point and Rodeo Cove the next time you’re in the Sausalito area.