Mare Island April 2017
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In late April the monthly hiking group visited Mare Island, an old defunct & decommissioned Navy base, where my niece Carrie happens to live. Carrie and I arrived late but once we caught up with the group, we had the advantage of her guidance to the BLU model homes and the Preserve Trail. Turns out GPS does not give accurate results here...
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|former Officer's home, now a rental home||Bird of Paradise plant||historic bell|
|historic ship's cannon||Frank setting up an official group shot||the group minus Frank & I|
|Rich and Carrie figuring out the route||BLU home landscaping||I connected with the landscaping but not the homes||a nice view from the two model homes|
|hikers on the Preserve trail||the oldest military cemetery on the West Coast||John talking to my former boss, Kurt|
|roses on a leaning fence||roses in an industrial setting||ditto||the fate of poor George Fordham|
|one of the hikers||the Straits of Carquinez||interesting old building with grain silos|
|suddenly a lot of people||ferry from SF to Vallejo||long-time hiking friend Karen||a great view of the island & lands beyond|
|Carrie||Linda found a snake skin at the skeletal ship|
|high point on the Island||Mare Island & Vallejo||old munitions storage sheds, probably|
|looking west to San Pablo Bay & Mount Tam||looking north, see note|
note - The high point on the Preserve Trail (our lunch stop) provided sweeping views.
The walk back.....
|walk downhill||the zen of no information||Cathy & John||surrounded by roses|
|advanced rustication||back at start of walk|
|Mare Island museum||Rich & an ancient tea tree, at the museum|
Mare Island has a long & illustrious history, being the first US Navy base on the Pacific Coast, commissioned in the 1840s. It's hard to believe how much ship-building was done here, culminating in a tremendous manufacturing output during WWII, when more than 40,000 persons commuted to work here, a work force that included women and minority workers, who were given well-paying manufacturing jobs.
Mare Island was one of five huge ship-building operations in the SF Bay Area during WW II.
Behind the Museum is the old shipyard and & dock, easily accessible. Wandering through an old shipyard, camera in hand.....what could be better?
|ship yard walk||old bridge cranes||SF ferry||Mare Island blue|
|dry dock crane||during WWII, a bee hive of activity||dry dock|
|European hydrofoil in for repair||Coast Guard cutter also||very old looking building||Palm trees|
|Napa River at Vallejo||more misc.||endless variety of old buildings|
Carrie drove us to Benicia's pleasant waterfront where we found a great little coffee stop. Later we had dinner at her favorite Thai place in Martinez.
|Straits from Benicia||Martinez and Mount Diablo||Gidget||Kitty|
Carrie is well situated on Mare Island and it was great to experience Bay Area air again, with an open window facing into a strong wind.
On Sunday Carrie and I took the same walk as the group did on Saturday, this time in full sun, with a nice cool breeze. I didn't bring the camera.
On the way back home I drove north through the Sacramento River Delta.
|Rio Vista bridge||view upstream from Isleton||looking downstream||old grain shipping facility|
|bridge near Isleton||Sacramento River delta & levees|
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