Extra bonus feature! One of the coolest outdoorsy people I know, Alison Young from the California Academy of Sciences, has offered to lead some citizen science action. She was honored, along with the talented Rebecca Johnson, by Bay Nature magazine as local heroes and that sounds about right to me. This citizen science thing is something for the whole family, and will actually generate valuable scientific data. We're bound to learn something without working too hard at it. To play along, download the iNaturalist app before Sunday.
Details below. See you Sunday.
- Sunday, December 11 from 1pm till sunset (about 4:45)
- Point Pinole Regional Park in Richmond. Directions are here. And also here.
- We'll meet in the parking lot and walk less than a mile to the beach.
- Instructions to get to the beach in case you come after 1pm: Walk up the hill to the right of the parking lot. You'll find a bridge across the train tracks. Stop for at least 30 seconds to see if a train is coming. Cross the bridge. Continue up the paved road towards the playground. Turn left at the playground towards the water. There's a small path down towards a clump of eucalyptus and the water. Walk southwest towards the water. You'll see Mt Tam in the distance. If you're after 1:30pm or so, listen for loud children.
- Bring snacks, water, a towel or two, and a change of clothes.
- Bring shoes with which you can walk in water.
- Download the iNaturalist app.
- Oh, and there's mud.