Friday, August 29, 2014

Angel Island bike camping, Aug 2014

August 2014

Angel Island is right in the middle of the SF Bay and is a great day out.  If you want to stay overnight you have to camp, so we did it with our bikes. 
Angel Island is the tallest island in the bay.

 Ferries leave from all sides of the bay and it is a popular tourist destination since the bike rental companies tell everyone to do it.
There are only a couple ferries a day so we ate at the Ferry Building, but then left from Pier 39.  Had to stop and see the sea lions first.

 Also, this topographical map of the bay is on the pier.

Bye-bye to SF

On the island we found our camp site

Had to take a fire road to get there so a mountain bike or hybrid is better than a road bike.  But the views were so worth it!

We then hiked to the top of the island where you get an amazing 360 view of the bay

We used the amazing JetBoil to make some adequate dinner and had a good nights sleep.  The island gets pretty cold at night with the constant wind off the bay, but we were on the more sheltered side and did great.

Standard morning fog layer

We could have taken the tram tour or even visited some of the historic building-it is the Ellis Island of the West-but instead we sat at the dock-side cafe and ate tacos and drank Sangria.  Good times!

This was the trip where the train up was filled with Giants fans going to a game and on the way back it was filled with Giants fans just getting out of a game.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Family cabin Aug 2014

August 2014

Family time at the cabin-starts with a great view!

The kiddie pool entertained pretty much everyone

Gotta love the nekid baby photos

Thanks for filling the pool!

We had to extract this nest from the ladder.

It's the right time of year for the wild peas to bloom.

 Gotta take a trip to the soda spring for mineral bubbly water

I've never noticed the interesting roof before...

Oh that lovely mineral/sulphurous/bubbly water.