From August to December, Terry takes a vacation day each week to volunteer with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. They band and record raptors flying through the Marin Headlands for scientific information about migration patterns. Even though I could join him now that I am retired-mmm, raptor talons, not so much for me. In the off-season, though, I am always up for a quick trip to Marin, because of the collateral benefits. Saturday was over the Richmond Bridge, south toward the Golden Gate, but stopping before the actual committment to go to SF. A pause for the 5 minute one-lane tunnel
Here is an even more altered version, because I kind of liked that photo:
There was a reason they used to say “Go west, young man.” As a California native, every time I get as west as I can get, there is a pluck on my heart. At one point I fell in love with Santa Fe and thought it would be a wonderful place to retire to, but when I thought about it further, I realized my brain would have a chemical reaction to not knowing the ocean was so close.
The mission was to clean equipment up at the Townsley bunker. (Actually, that was Terry’s mission, mine was to take photos…) I jumped out of the car to open the locked gate and got this picture of some Blue-eyed grass near the gate post. It is actually not a grass, but a member of the iris family.
Up to the bunker:
With views of the sea on a beautiful, clear blue day to refresh your psyche:
Down the hill to the headquarters building to wash dishes (I actually helped with that), and then onward to the next part of the circle. On the road back out, I took this picture of a Great Blue Heron with my Canon instead of with the iphone:
Onward to the collateral benefits. I am more than willing to wash equipment in exchange for a quick run into the store at the Heath tile factory. Sausalito is inches away from that five-minute tunnel we started out the adventure with.
Please note the poster that trumpets committment to quality handcrafted goods. Heaven.
For the first time I physically restrained myself from venturing into the overstock room for mosaic supplies. (Lots of boxes at home to use up if I am honest with myself!) However, got a really good deal on this sweet milk pitcher. Chez Panisse pattern, second’s price with an in-store additional 20% off. Nice with roses from the farmer’s market. Score!
On the last part of the circle now. Back over the bridge through Richmond to Annie’s Annuals for a touch of color.
Down San Pablo Dam Road with a few raptors cruising overhead and then home, all before 1:00. We are very efficient! We had the afternoon to plant what we got from Annie’s.
This is how I use Heath overstock tile in my garden: