29 December 2015

A walk from San Rafael to San Francisco: 29 December 2015

A new experimental Golden Gate Transit bus route 580 recently went into service from the East Bay communities of Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany to San Rafael. UPDATE: After six months of operation, Golden Gate Transit has decided to cease service on Route 580 due to insufficient passengers to make the route financially viable. Too bad.

This Marin ramble will start at the San Rafael Bus Terminal and conclude in San Francisco.
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A view of Sausalito.
The approximate distance traveled was 18.4 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,064 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route. 
It is 7:47 am, and I am waiting at the Berkeley bus stop on San Pablo Avenue. Here comes the bus going to San Rafael. 
The bus is crossing the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge
The San Rafael Transit Center. It is 8:19 am, and I am ready to ramble! 
Walking south on an old railroad right of way when the trail enters this old railway tunnel. The original tunnel was constructed in 1884 and was owned by Northwestern Pacific Railroad. The current version of the tunnel was built in 1924; trains ceased using the tunnel in the 1960s. In 2010 a portion of the 1,106-foot long tunnel was converted to a pedestrian/bike path and named the Cal Park Tunnel. It is a direct connection between San Rafael and Larkspur.
Crossing Corte Madera Creek, the pathway is adjacent to US Route101. Mount Tamalpais overlooks the action. 

We are crossing the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path over Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Creek. This pathway is also on a portion of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad line. 
On the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path, looking back at the route just traveled. 
Tamalpais High School's track. The school is in the background, and the picture was taken from the Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway. 
Houseboats permanently docked in Sausalito. 
Downtown Sausalito
Sausalito's tourist/shopping area. 
A view from the Sausalito shoreline. 
Beautiful Angel Island as is seen from East Road, which is located on the site of Fort Baker. In 1863, during the Civil War, Angel Island became the site of US Army Base Camp Reynolds. You can see Camp Reynolds in this photograph. It is straight ahead at sea level. The green Parade Ground is visible. A white building is located at the upper portion of the Parade Ground. This view is looking east. 
Fort Baker
The parade ground at Fort Baker. Officers' Quarters buildings are in the background. 
This view of the Golden Gate Bridge's northern terminus looks southeast. The steel latticework supporting the roadway is currently undergoing structural upgrades, as is the steel latticework supporting the southern terminus of the bridge. 
A view of San Francisco is seen from the northern portion of the Golden Gate Bridge. 
On the bridge looking back at Marin County. 
We are now in the Presidio looking at the former location of Crissy Field. Crissy Field became a US Army airfield in 1921. The National Park Service took control of the area in 1994. By 2001 the former concrete aircraft landing pad was demolished, and the land was returned to a more natural state. Thank you, National Park Service. 


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