Posts Tagged ‘lighthouse’

Know Your Area Lighthouses – Point Bonita in Marin, Complete With Dedicated Tunnel and Brokedown Bridge

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when you could visit the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse? Well, bide your time, cause you’ll be able to go there once again come 2012 after the mini suspension bridge gets fixed.

Actually, the commitment to being back in bidness  is sort of a half-assed promise and it’s coming from the Feds, so give them half a decade or so.

Click to expand, it’ll get big. Five people max on the bridge. And that’s the town of Muir Beach in the background:

Take note:

“NOTE: The tunnel to the suspension bridge/lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. However the lighthouse is not accessible due to the suspension bridge closure. Currently the bridge is due to be replaced and open to the public in the Spring of 2012.”

Hey Feds, why not put in a mini Golden Gate Bridge if we have to wait for so long? Thusly:

Oh well. At least they’ll let you walk through the tunnel, occasionally.

San Francisco-Themed Painted-Tiles Ensure We’ll All Continue to Love Trader Joe’s – The Newish Mural on Masonic

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Boy, somebody spent some time making sure that the painted tiles on the side of our Masonic Trader Joe’s got done right – there are a lot of details to notice while you’re idling in line on the slow lane of Masonic southbound.

(But come to think of it, the great line of idling cars isn’t as great as it used to be, for some reason. Wonder why…)

And oh, looks like grocery projects in the future will require shoppers to pay for parking – anyway, that’s the trend, my friend.

The vibrant mural of Trader Joe’s San Francisco, aka Trader Joe’s Store #100. It’s new, or newish at least:

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Happy shopping.

The Happy Sea Lions that You Can See from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Understand that this was taken about 500 feet above the ocean, but nevertheless, this is what you can see from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes right by the famous lighthouse:

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You’ll hear them before you see them.

Aar, arr, arr, arr….”

Our Richmond-San Rafael and Antioch Bridges to get Dedicated Carpool Lanes by Mid-June

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The news from our Metropolitan Transportation Commission is that you now have yet another reason to get a Fastrak and/or get in on a carpool. Check it out, below.

Don’t forget to look outside your window as you carpool on the Richmond-San Rafael. You won’t want to miss seeing San Francisco’s northernmost point (that private island on the left) or the B&B (can you see it on the right?) that drove Danielle Steele crazy:

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Richmond-San Rafael, Antioch Bridges to Get Dedicated Carpool Lanes

Cash Tollpayers Must Stay Right on Richmond-San Rafael Approach

OAKLAND, Calif., June 1  — Toll plaza changes designed to speed travel for carpoolers are coming this month to the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael bridges.

Beginning in mid-June, carpoolers who travel across the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael bridges during peak commute periods will be able for the first time to take advantage of dedicated high-occupancy vehicle lanes at the far left side of the bridges’ toll plazas — eliminating the need to stop at a staffed toll booth. Carpool commuters at these bridges currently use mixed-flow cash/FasTrak lanes, and must stop briefly at a staffed toll booth for occupancy verification.

In addition to the new dedicated carpool lane, work crews will restripe the westbound Interstate 580 approach to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza to add a second FasTrak-only lane. During peak commute periods, carpoolers and other FasTrak customers will share the far left lane, while the center lane will be reserved for drivers who pay their tolls with FasTrak. Drivers who use cash to pay their toll will be restricted to the right lane of the toll plaza approach. Cash tollpayers may experience additional delays as drivers become accustomed to the new configuration.

The carpool lane changes at the Antioch and Richmond-San Rafael toll plazas come several weeks before the July 1 start of a new toll schedule that includes a discounted $2.50 toll on weekdays from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for carpools at all seven of the Bay Area’s state-owned toll bridges. Carpoolers must use a designated carpool lane and pay their toll with FasTrak® to qualify for the toll discount. FasTrak toll tags are available online at www.511.org or at Walgreens, Safeway and Costco locations around the Bay Area. New customers who pick up a FasTrak toll tag at a participating retailer before July 15 can get up to $10 in free tolls.

The new toll schedule also will include a $5 regular auto toll at six of the state-owned bridges; and “congestion pricing” at the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with auto tolls varying based on the day of the week and/or the time of day. Bay Bridge tolls will be set at $6 during the weekday morning and afternoon peak periods, at $4 during weekday off-peak periods, and at $5 all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Caltrans owns, operates and maintains the state highway system, including seven Bay Area toll bridges. BATA, which is directed by the same policy board as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), administers toll revenues from the region’s state-owned toll bridges. MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

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”

San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Lighthouse Still Shining After All These Years

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Yerba Buena Light near the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge got automated back in 1958, so the lighthouse keeper’s residence is now being use by a U.S. Coast Guard Admiral. But the light is still shining as bright as it has for 134 years. Look for it on the right as you drive from San Francisco on the Bay Bridge. 

On a rare sunny day, the light itself and the Admiral’s Pantry to the right. Click to expand: 

The little lighthouse that could, the one with the smallish fifth-order Fresnel lens:

Keep on trucking…

The Awesome Inverted Pyramid of the de Young Museum’s Hamon Tower

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

This is the view you can get in San Francisco when you look over Golden Gate Park to see the Point Bonita Lighthouse in Marin County.

How does the de Young Museum‘s inverted pyramid stand up?

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The 100% Solar-Powered House at Point Diablo in Beautiful Marin County.

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in this light house at Point Diablo in Marin County, California? You’d have great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, that’s for sure.

Downsides of this location include the dangers of an occasional oil spill (like we had with the Cosco Busan) and the long walk up the stairs from where you’d dock your boat.

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The upside is that getting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification would be a piece of cake. You’d already have renewable energy and water-efficient landscaping, so making a few alterations could get easily get you certified up to silver, gold, platinum, whatever.

All that’s left to do is make an offer, move in and then meet the neighbors.