There are big GMP meetings next week, and the planning division wanted to take a look at our lands and future lands in the Southern Realm, aka San Mateo County. The basic idea was to see what kind of stories could be strung together given the patchwork of property. I went along to see for myself what kind of events could be safely permitted in these places. And to remind folks that events are a valid form of recreation.
Heard lots of interesting stories... some of which may not be true. A pond used for irrigation that used to be on a pig farm and has pigs decaying in it? A farm to feed Mission Dolores and later the Presidio all the way down in Pacifica? Brussel sprouts cannot be farmed organically? Anything is possible.
The changes we talked about may or may not happen in my lifetime, but it was fascinating to hear people's visions.
We were gone eight hours, and on the one hand this is the part of the job that is just dreamy... out and about on a beautiful day. And getting paid for it! But on the other hand, it was more driving than walking, and it is very difficult for me to be gone so long while I'm still a pumping powerhouse (aka working cow.) I ended up pumping in the back of a GSA vehicle while everyone else went to look at the seals. (And to educate people who were harassing them.) I should keep a checklist of odd places I've pumped. GSA vehicle? Check! Alcatraz cell house? Check! SFPD training academy? Check!
I got some more work done on my Ranger Tan (that sunburned bit of triangle on my neck) and got some much needed fresh air. Beats eight hours at the computer any time, even if I do have to pay for it the next day.
We walked up a hill to this nice look out. Saw lizards, ate wild strawberries, saw gum flower? I really don't know my flowers. I recognized poison hemlock and there was also a lot of ice plant, sticky monkey stuff, and some other things. Too late for Indian paint brush I think.
We stopped by Pillar Point - good kid beach.
This section below was what the historian on the trip thought matched the description of Whale Cove, where whales were brought in for their blubber? Not really sure. I'm sure this was before that military installation though.
We went to the Point Montara Lighthouse.
We were supposed to eat lunch here, but were running late. The main reason we stopped I think was to look for Puffins. The winds have been crazy lately, and the rumor is the krill have moved closer to shore. There's some website for birders that talked about Puffin sightings. And we did see one! I couldn't tell if it was a Horned or Tufted Puffin. In fact, to me it looked like a bit of orange and black bobbing on the water, but I'm told it was a Puffin. It was right near where the lighter water meets the darker water.
Despite the over-exposure in the earlier shots, this next one is the first that really captures how beautiful the water was. There were otters!
It was just a perfect day. Sunny, breezy, beautiful.
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