Category: Beach

Labor Day Sand Sculpture Contest at Drake’s Beach

Want to be inspired by other people’s sand sculptures and sand castles?  Better yet, want to give it a try yourself? Every year on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, the National Park Service hosts at Drake Beach a Sand Sculpture Contest.  It is really fun.  If you want to give it a go, I would…



Thanksgiving Weekend at Point Reyes

After a big day of eating turkey and hanging out with the family, it’s time to flex your arms and legs and work off the second helping of stuffing! Head out to Point Reyes. Here are some great things to do: See if the fish are spawning; check for updates and tours at SPAWN (Salmon…



Point Reyes for Kids

Many outdoor adventures friends of mine slow down a bit when they have kids. And they don’t get to places like Point Reyes as often. But they’re missing out. There’s a lot to do here with kids; I’ve taken my child all around the peninsula. Yes, long hikes and mountain biking don’t work so well,…



Elephant Seals at Point Reyes

This weekend (Jan 18), we went out to Drakes’ Beach and saw some elephant seals up close and personal. One camped himself right next to parking lot; the one in the picture was about 3/4 miles south. To see elephant seals at Point Reyes, get yourself to Drake’s Beach. From there, you can take the…



Cosco Busan Oil Spill Information

UPDATE: Nov 13, 2007, 5pm:In a email newsletter, the Audobon Canyon Ranch, which is located right on the Bolinas Lagoon, notes: “despite news reports and our worst fears, indications to-date are that very little oil has reached the Bolinas Lagoon, and the threat to the Lagoon is abating.”  UPDATE: Nov 12, 2007, 9pm: The MarinIJ reports that…



West Marin and Point Reyes Beaches Have Great Water Quality. Yeah, We Knew That….

The non-profit Heal the Bay’s 2007 California Summer Beach Report Card has been released, giving beachgoers water quality information at 494 monitoring locations, from Humboldt County to San Diego County. Tough crowd Originally uploaded by Luiza In California overall, 88% of the beaches received A grades.  This was the best water quality grade in recent…



California Coastal Cleanup Day: Sep 15, 2007

From The California Coastal Commission Web Site: California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the largest garbage collection”…



26th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes

On a warm, crowded Labor Day weekend in the Point Reyes area, one highlight was the Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Bay. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, 60 contestants and 1,000 onlookers showed up for the fun, annual event. The Chronicle describes the winner of the adult group competition as a “cross between an…



Windy in Point Reyes? Fly A Kite!

Have you spent 20, 30, 90 minutes driving to a Point Reyes beach only to be sand blasted by huge gusts of winds?  I have.  Many times.  That’s why I stick a kite in the car.  Flying a kite is at once peaceful and fun.  You can help but smile while flying a kite.  I suggest…



Uniquely West Marin: Fourth of July Tug of War

I have not yet been to this, but I must must go.  Every July 4th, the towns of Stinson and Bolinas have a tug of war over the channel that separates the two towns.  Despite being yards away from each other, the towns have very different feels (to say the least).  That is what makes…