Monday, August 29, 2016

Weather Update for Tomorrow's "Final Exam" Hike at Tomales Bay State Park

Did you see those clouds floating around in the sky Monday afternoon?

They could mean some rain during tomorrow's "Final Exam" hike.

Here's the National Weather Service forecast as of 3:44 p.m. on Monday, August 29th:
"A slight chance of thunderstorms before 2pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67. West northwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%."
Click here for an updated forecast.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tomales Bay State Park "Final Exam" Hike (August 30) Preview

It's the end of "summer school" this coming week when we return to Tomales Bay State Park for our hike.

Here's Wendy's description of the outing: "Bishop pine forest, beach, and a favorite scenic picnic spot over-looking Tomales Bay. Bring something to share for our gourmet potluck lunch, and utensils, plate, and cup."

(Click here to view photos from past hikes in Tomales Bay State Park).

Directions to the trailhead: Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Turn right at Olema and make an immediate left onto Bear Valley Road. (Stop at the Bear Valley Visitor Center to use the restrooms as there are none at the trailhead).

Continue until you pick up Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Go through Inverness and over the ridge. At the "Y" where the road veers left to Drake's Beach and the Lighthouse go straight. This puts you on Pierce Point Road.

Just BEFORE the right turn that takes you down to Heart's Desire Beach there is a dirt parking lot on the right. If you don't know it you may need to go to the road to Heart's Desire and then turn around. We'll take the Jepson/Johnson loop.

Click here for a Google map that shows the parking lot for the Jepson Trail trailhead. Click on teardrop icon to get driving times and directions from your location.

Driving time one hour from College of Marin. Restrooms before lunch.

Carpool leaves St. Rita at 9:00 a.m.

Weather forecast: As of Thursday, August 25th, the National Weather Service forecast for the hike was partly sunny, with a high near 66. (Click here for an updated forecast).

More on this hike: "G14 Johnstone - Jepson Trails" in the Martins' book, Hiking Marin, shows the area in which we'll be hiking. The trails are also shown on page 4 of the Tomales Bay State Park brochure. The Google Earth image below shows this part of the state park. (Click on the image to open a larger version in your Web browser).

Save The Date: "Dinner On The Pacific Plate"!

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association annual fundraising event, "Dinner on The Pacific Plate," will take place from 2:00-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8th at Bear Valley Grove in Point Reyes National Seashore.

A series of "Hikes, Walks and Talks" will be offered between 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, accompanied by music by La Liberta and David Dascoe, will take place from 4:30-6:00 p.m., followed by a "Hand-Crafted Trail Dinner and Live Auction" from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

There will be a family hike and separate evening program for young people with childcare, dinner and storytelling by Ane Carla Rovetta.

You can purchase tickets for the event online.

For more information, contact Donna Faure of PRNSA at (415) 663-1200 x 303 or

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Creating "Paintings" With Your iPhone

Marin has some very talented en plein air landscape painters, such as Christin Coy.

But even if (like Dick Jordan) you can't make a painting with real paint and brushes to save your life, the Prisma app for iPhone can turn you into a "artist."

Here's an example: One of Dick's photos looking south toward San Francisco that was taken as we turned onto the Dipsea Trail on a Steep Ravine hike.

The Prisma app is free from Apple's iTunes App Store.