Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cruising the Bay

We left the warmth of the east Bay to head up to the north Bay, San Pablo Bay. This is the home of the other famous prison on the bay.
San Quentin Prison, the other red meat
A few miles north of the prison is the anchorage at China Camp. This was a busy camp in the second half of the 1800's to early1900's. It was manned by Chinese who used stake nets in the shallows of the bay to harvest shrimp. They cooked and dried them onshore and shipped the product back to China. The Exclusion laws and habitat destruction  basically shut the place down. At its peak the camp had 500 people, all pretty much isolated from the rest of the community.
China Camp and pier
Checking out rusty things. Bud Manufacturing automatic gas water heater 1909
For the Saben followers on the blog. They aren't lost - here they are arriving in China Camp.
We headed off from China Camp after a morning hike. Sausalito, across from San Fran, was the destination. It has a large, open, anchorage filled with all variety of boats, from high end cruisers to junk pile derelicts. The views of the city make up for the rolliness of the anchorage.
Big guy container ship coming out of the fog. The fog has a very specific pattern during the day, but we can't figure out what that pattern is.

Night view from the anchorage of  San Fran
The wind got light in the afternoon so we decided to take the dink over to Angel Island for a hike. The trip turned out to be more of a minor heroic voyage battling man against the elements. The Bay, its weather and tides, are not to be taken lightly. We didn't make it to the beach at Angel Is as once we got there we figured we better get moving back to Sausalito before conditions got worse or the fog rolled in. Angle Is has a military history back to the Civil War, it was a major induction center in WW I and WW II, and until fairly recently it was an Immigration processing camp.
Army barracks on Angel Island


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