Marin Headlands: Morning Report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Trumper, May 6, 2011.

  1. Trumper

    Trumper Eclectic Dilettante

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    I had the morning off so decided head out to the Marin Headlands (is that poor word choice or just a poor play on words?)

    It was 53 degrees and foggy heading up the Peninsula. But right at the Golden Gate, it cleared up! Near miraculous as it's often clear in the Bay, but foggy and overcast at The Bridge.

    Check it out:

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    The front side up Conzelman Road was closed due to road work. So I went around the back side and came in the tunnel via Bunker Road, then cut up McCollough Road to the top.

    Made it past the closure. No one up there at all...and incredible view.

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    Caught a freighter approaching the Golden Gate. If you look closely, you can see a Push Boat at the rear (it's not a "Tug" Boat if it's pushing, right?)

    You can see the Bay Bridge to Oakland back there and Alcatraz Island on the upper left.

    It was morning, so the sun is just out of the frame in the upper right...poor angle and it looks a bit washed out in the photo.

    Note: you can see the fog layer way back there covering the lower half of the bay down to San Jose (where I started this morning).
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    Then I got to take that cool one-way, super steep, incredible view road down to the Headlands area.

    I stopped part way to grab this view for y'all.

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    Down at the bottom, I put the 70-200mm lens on the 50d Canon and zoomed in to get this shot looking back towards the bridge and the City.

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    Stopped for a shot at one of the massive batteries out there.

    Here's Battery Wallace.

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    Big Guns used to be in here: 25 mile range!

    Now the Big Gun is the mighty GS with a 210 mile range!
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    Out at the end of the road looking down on Fort Cronkhite.

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    Beautiful California Spring Day.
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    Yep, that's a Nike missle down at the old Nike Missle Site.

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    Coming back over the Golden Gate, it looked like they were getting ready to paint the cables about half way.

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    I wonder how many times those have been painted since the bridge was built in the 1930s?
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    Over on the City side in one of the batteries, I came upon this....

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    Looked like those gals were doing some kinda fashion shoot or something.
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    Trumper Eclectic Dilettante

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    I also walked around in a redwood area...

    ...and found the UCSC mascot Banana Slug...trying to get on the Fast Track.

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    I know some riders about this fast too.... :rofl
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    One last glamour shot of the GG and the GS.

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    And I "headed" back home.

    Nice Day Trip ride.

    That's all kids.
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    Beautiful as always Tom. . . .
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    Good stuff Tommy
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  14. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Great pics! I love it up there! Riding over the hill past those old fortifications and dropping down, what a view.

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    Outstanding photos! :thumb

    Nice job on this one:
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    one of my favorite places on earth
    beautiful imagery
    thanks for sharing
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    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I spent the first 32 years of my life in the Bay Area. I thought I'd been on every road from Monterey to Santa Rosa. But I guess I never took that little headlands loop.

    Thanks for such an artful portrayal of what I missed!
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    Great pics. I'll be in the bay area this summer. Since we have the same bike lets meet for a ride or coffee. :D
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    joints4sale No. Not "That Kind".

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    Thanks for sharing and bringing back some memories. I spent three years stationed at Oakknoll Naval Hospital from '91 to '94 and still miss the Bay Area to this day.
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    Thanks.

    Here's the photo I took from that spot one minute before....

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    The sun was overhead and really washing out the view--everything in the background looked gray and dark. Super difficult exposure. Then I thought, "Hmmm, if I zoom in I can just get the shapes and structures...."

    The best time to be out there for photos would be the late afternoon Golden Hour.

    Can't beat the view from this parking spot though!
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