The boats were gathering getting ready for their start beyond the San Rafael Richmond Bridge.
The lighthouse has been beautifully restored. It had been used by the coast guard and much of its beauty had faded and been covered up with years of piece meal repairs. Things like asphalt shingles topping the old wood siding. The volunteers who turned this into what it is today should be thanked.
The water here is naturally collected. The power is cabled over from the mainland.
The old fog signal is pretty LOUD. They now only sound it as a demonstration.
During October through April there is a much quieter automatic signal. We didn't get to hear this signal since it is May.
The machine works to make the fog signal work is a series of compressors, gas engines and several back up systems.
In the fog signal house is a sample of what an old lense woudl have looked like. This isn't the same one from the original Lighthouse but this is the same size and age of the original.
Glenn and I were on a multi media mission. He had his cellphone, small camera, and his I-pad. I had a small camera and my 35 mm Camera with 3 lenses!
We had brought a picnic and enjoyed it while we waited for the boats to arrive.
The remaining day trippers arrived.
The Vallejo Ferry
If you are planning a day trip there is a lot of time to relax, read a book or play horseshoes. It would be a mistake not to take your camera!
One of the first boats to arrive was a cat names Adrenaline.
This orange hulled boat, Bridge Runner, ended up winning the race. Glenn knew the skipper on board Urs.
We shared a little local knowledge with the day trippers, and Glenn explained some about the race that was entertaining us.
Here are some photos of the race....
We came across a couple of Geese who were guarding their two eggs.
A gull sitting on top of the fog signal....
The island was covered with poppies on this trip.
J101 with Pat....
Wing on Wing....
Glenn with his Ipad...
Boats that went between the Island and east shore were close enough to yak at... or take a picture.
I offered to throw them a beer...
Boats on their way... Glenn and I took some more pictures as we waited for the night time guests to arrive.
This is West Brother with Mt Tam beyond.
Detail that has been recreated at the house.
The guests arrived and we ended up to be quite the group. We were all pretty well different. There were two couples, they both worked for "tech" companies. All very nice, interesting and young. There was a couple of young lawyers. He had come originally from Alaska and worked on boats for a long time with his family. There was a Pediatrician and a Geo tech Engineer around our age. Everyone lived in the Bay area now.
This was a full moon night. That added to the temperate weather made our evening spectacular.