The Point Bonita Lighthouse

I started feeling really claustrophobic in the city in the weeks after coming back from London, the weather has been hot and the city was crowded due to Gay Pride Week, so Hub suggested we go to the Point Bonita Lighthouse in Marin for a weekend excursion. On our last visit, we arrived at 3.35pm – minutes too late to go through the tunnel to the lighthouse (in case you’re thinking of visiting, the timings are Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m), so on this visit we made sure that we set out early.

We parked our car on the street and made our way to the lighthouse . . .over a pathway with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge . . .

The Golden Gate Bridge from Point Bonita

Then through a tunnel in a cave and along a very perilous looking bridge to the lighthouse (UPDATE Nov 2010 – the bridge is now closed, as it was deemed unsafe. It is due to reopen in a couple of years after a new bridge has been built. The views are still spectacular and worth visiting).

The view from the pathway of the bridge and the lighthouse

Park Rangers in front of the bridge only allowed two people to cross it at a time. This slightly concerned me. Wouldn't you be worried too?

Hub raced on ahead, whilst I walked very, very slowly . . . the bridge creaked and swayed when I got to the middle of it! The rust on all the hinges and supports did not help to boost my confidence, even though the rangers assured us that the bridge was tested for safety every week.

This is view down from the scary bridge. Looking down was NOT a good idea . . . at least I got a cool photo!

The view from the lighthouse was wonderful, though our ears were assailed by the booming foghorn every couple of minutes.

This was the view from the lighthouse away from the bay

The lighthouse had a small exhibit of artifacts and some interesting information about the many shipwrecks that had come to being in and around it. I was surprised to find that despite the existence of the lighthouse and the three others built before it in the surrounding areas, there were wrecks well into the beginning of the twentieth century. During the gold rush years over 300 boats ran aground during the Gold Rush years, the most tragic of which was the wrecking of the City of Rio de Janeiro in 1901, due to fog, in which 128 lives were lost.

On our walk back to the car, just after walking back through the tunnel, we were stopped by a park ranger who told us to look down at the rocks and beach below. What a treat was in store for us when we looked! We saw at least 80 seals basking in the sun. I tried to take a photo of some of them using my camera and Hub’s binoculars. The clearest photo was of three seals on a rock. I have posted it below. This little stretch of coast is a protected wildlife sanctuary. People and boats are not welcome! This means that it has become a favorite haunt for these shy creatures (when the food in the area is plentiful).

Look carefully and you will see that the smooth white rocks and the darker one between them are seals!

3 comments to “The Point Bonita Lighthouse”

  1. Editors

    Loved this post and photos — and walking across that little bridge is an interesting experience. Thanks for taking the time to share this.

  2. Katz NYC

    I’m dreaming about moving to SF. I love your photos, it’s so gorgeous out there. The bay, the nature, friendly people (yes, there’s huge difference with Cali and rest of the country), the bridges, the rocks… I can’t wait to visit!

  3. girl

    Thanks – SF is an amazing place to live in! I just had a peek at your blog. It’s really cool!


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