Saturday, January 19, 2013

Watching the Sunset on Our Anniversary

Today was a good day. It was the 1st warm weekend we've had in over a month so lots of people were out enjoying the sun.
We celebrated our 22nd anniversary exploring a different part of the coast, just north of The City.

We headed to Point Bonita in the Marin Headlands where the views were spectacular on this clear day.

We've never seen the Golden Gate Bridge from this vantage point.

We wanted to visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse but after a short hike, we arrived 15 minutes after they closed. No bother, it was a gorgeous day and we were going to enjoy it.

We had about an hour before sunset and we wanted to be down on that beach to watch it.

Windswept, exhilarating, and covered with unique red and green pebbles, Rodeo beach is sheltered by cliffs and bounded by a lagoon. It offers good picnic sites and is ideal for kite flying or just watching the roaring Pacific. Attentive beach-walkers may see (but must not collect) jasper, carnelian, black agate, and jade among the beach sands. Two military forts once guarded these shores. Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite—whose structures now serve as National Park Service facilities—were once nerve centers of Marin Headlands military activities long ago.

When we got there, we had about 30 minutes to enjoy the views before the sun "touched" water.

We weren't the only ones with this idea. This was a beautiful beach and we were happy to finally discover it.

Fort Cronkhite, a former World War II military post located in the Marin Headlands, is the park's best preserved example of a World War II "mobilization post". Starting in 1939, the U.S. Army built hundreds of similar wood-frame, temporary military posts around the country for the wartime training and housing of soldiers. By some estimates, more than 100,000 of these buildings were constructed between 1940 and 1945.
The buildings at Fort Cronkhite, completed in 1941, are typical of thousands of wartime barracks, mess halls, supply buildings once constructed from coast to coast. Fort Cronkhite originally housed hundreds of Coast Artillery soldiers assigned to the army's sprawling Harbor Defenses of San Francisco. Their mission was to protect San Francisco Bay against enemy attack and during World War II, the soldiers manned gun batteries, radar sites, and other fortifications on the high ridges overlooking the fort.

Almost there.

What a sky!

Just about disappeared into the horizon.

A fitting end to a fantastic day.


Ginnie said...

CONGRATULATIONS on another anniversary, Mad. 22 is a big number in this day and age. I made it to 21...and then "came of age." It looks like you celebrated in a way you will never forget. Good for you. I smile whenever I think of the two of you! :)

Photo Cache said...

Congratulations! No need to go away, just drive a few miles within the city and you'll have the best road trip and you'd be home for dinner too.

I love that part of the city, the views from Point Bonita is outstanding.