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Point Reyes National Seashore, part 1


Soooooo I drove a very very long way to Point Reyes National Seashore. It’s an oddly-shaped piece of land, sort of a peninsula, separated from the mainland by a long narrow bay (Tomales Bay) which is actually an extension of the famed San Andreas fault, which runs arrow-straight northwest out into the ocean.

It’s a bit of a pain to get there… regardless of which route you choose, it’s a two-lane road with few passing zones, so if you get stuck behind a stoned Bay Area resident, you’re going to be there awhile.

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  • I like the park bench carved out of a tree.
  • The stairs going up the hill have a fence on the left, then ahead and on the right is the rest of the fence. That’s the San Andreas Fault you’re standing on. The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 split that fence and moved half of it 6 meters north. There are buildings nearby which were standing at the time. They’re still there, though they were damaged and repaired.
  • Lots of signs. I used to take notes of what the signs said in parks. Now I just take pictures. It’s easier.
  • The blue fenceposts are modern markers, set up to track the movement of the San Andreas Fault. They march across the hill to the north.
  1. 2012-06-25T08:07:20+00:00 08:07

    I like the park bench too


  2. 2012-06-24T00:21:43+00:00 00:21

    I’ve adopted the policy of snapping shots of the signage as well; the only challenge is sometimes I take that one after the subject and sometimes before (depending on where the sign was relative to the subject) and then I have to remember what sign shot applies. But expecting I’ll remember those details? Taking out a notepad? Not going to happen.


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