Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lilian "Retires" From Meandering

Our Spring Meanders in Marin begin without one of our most beloved hikers: Lillian Hanahan.

 (Theresa Fisher Photo)

After several years hiking up and down Marin County, rain or shine, Lillian decided that her last regular outing with us would be our recent "Final Exam" trek around Bon Tempe Lake.

Hopefully, Lillian will join us from time to time in the future. In the meantime, we all wish her much love and luck. We'll miss her smile a great deal, and always remember her.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

West Ridgecrest Hike (3/31) Preview

We kick off our Spring series of Meanders on this hike (not a loop) when we’ll explore a section of the Coastal Trail with views of Stinson Beach and Bolinas Lagoon.

When Ridgecrest Boulevard opened as a toll road in the 1920s it was proclaimed California’s “Most Scenic Drive.” It’s even better hiking!

(Click here for the recap of our 2010 hike.  Photos from past hikes are in this on-line album.)

  1. Take the Fairfax Bolinas Road from Fairfax to Ridgecrest Boulevard. Park at the junction with the Fairfax-Bolinas Road. (About 1 hour driving time from the College of Marin; carpoolers can meet at St. Rita’s at 9:00 am); OR
  2. Take the Stinson Beach/Highway 1 exit off Highway 101.  Go west through Tam Valley and up onto the ridge. Turn right onto Panoramic Highway and follow signs to Mt. Tamalpais. Turn left at Rock Springs onto Ridgecrest Boulevard. Park on left at junction with the Fairfax-Bolinas Road.  (Driving time from College of Marin about 1 hour).
(Click here for a MapQuest which shows the trailhead as #1 and which can provide you with driving directions and time from your location.)

No restrooms at trailhead.

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

More on this hike:  This hike isn’t mentioned in any of Dick Jordan’s trail guides, but we’ll be hiking south on the Coastal Trail which parallels Ridgecrest Boulevard until we reach the junction with the McKennan Gulch Trail (which heads downhill to Bolinas Lagoon) and then we will retrace our steps back north.
(Click here and go to page 6 of the Mt. Tam State Park brochure for the park map; click on the percentage magnification box at the top of the page and increase to about 125%-150% to get a good view of the trail which runs just west of the road).


Here's the hike profile.

This Google Earth image provides a bird's eye view of the route we'll take.

Drakes Bay Oyster Company Cleanup Proceeds

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company ceased operation at the end of 2014.

(Jeffrey Strain Flickr Photo) 
But that left the National Park Service with a major task: Removing the on-land and in-the-water traces of the commercial oyster farm. Here's the Santa Rosa Press Democrat report on how that cleanup is progressing.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dick Jordan, Movie Star

Dick Jordan is normally "behind the camera" filming "shorts" for broadcast on MarinTV and other public access stations.

Bob Bekian Flickr Photo)

But he recently played the "Leading Man" in The White Bag, a film noir style spy thriller, filmed on location in San Rafael.

The movie should be out by summer. In the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of Dick's performance in the film's trailer.

(Click here if the YouTube video player doesn't display)

Dick is saving up his frequent flier miles in order to travel to Utah for next year's Sundance Film Festival. Look for him on the Red Carpet (or, at least, "on the carpet") at the 2016 Academy Awards in Los Angeles.