July 16, 2013

the way to Point Bonita

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photo by Donald Kinney

Tourists usually take scenic Conzelman Road towards Point Bonita, while the more adventurous visitors have the option of taking the long, drippy, and dark "tunnel route" where cars wait at the 5-minute red-light for traffic coming the other way to clear in this one-way tunnel, a WW2 relic.

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Soooo..... Why would anyone, tourist or "local" want to go to Point Bonita? Well, along the way there is an impressive orange bridge to oogle. There is the appropriately named Hawk Hill, and a plethora of crumbling military fortifications built into hillsides but with commanding views of the ocean. And yes, there was a Nike-Hercules defensive missile site here that makes for a bone-chilling tour. Hiking trails criss-cross and zig-zag Point Bonita.

These bluffs comprise the northern entrance to the Golden Gate, and yes there is a lighthouse. There is the long Rodeo Beach with mysterious "sea stacks" near one end, and perhaps not so mysterious "surfer dudes" on the other end. Between ends--birds, happy dogs and a few soul-searchers.

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A few days ago I had my mind on the dead Cypress trees behind Battery Wallace. I'll catch up with the surfers, sea stacks, and soul searchers later.

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Andy said...

Pretty good tunnel shot considering it was taken from a moving car.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

A very long time ago I went through that tunnel, observed the missile pad but it seems I missed much more.

Nancy Ewart said...

I love these tree trunk and wood images that you have been taking - almost abstract but still connected to the origin of the image.

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