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Tomales Point

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Just a Wee Bit Breezy
June 10, 2000 Tomales Point Hike

Greetings to all

Please let me introduce the class of 2000: Randy Frary, Lupe Perez, Lynn Spaulding, & Karen Valentino. I want to welcome each of you and I look forward to hiking with you this year and many years to come.


Our first hike of the year was a little on the windy side but it helped to blow off the old cobwebs. We started our day by meeting in front of Sonoma Bagel in the old Yardbirds parking lot (our new gathering spot). Attending were Conci Mack (93), Jenine Wilson (97), Mike Hardison (97), Randy Frary (2000), Lynn Spaulding (2000), Karen Valentino (2000) and myself. Departing precisely between 6:30ish and 7 for our rendezvous in Point Reyes Station with Lupe Perez (2000), we then caravan-ed to the Upper Pierce Ranch trailhead and parking lot.
First order of business: "please take out your map and compass". We talked about the topo maps a bit, then pointed out some details on how to use them. We set the declinations on the compasses and spent about 30 minutes orientating maps, shooting points, and transferring information from map to field and visa versa.

The first hour or two of the hike was spent primarily with maps in hand, comparing terrain to topo lines. The most difficult part was keeping the wind from blowing the map away from us. The temperatures were mild and the coast was clear of fog. We reached Tomales Point to find the wind even stronger and no place to hide. After a very brief lunch we headed back away from the point for some relief.


The conversations were light and food was the main topic (my favorite). We encountered a few Tule Elk and had a couple of sore feet but no major injuries. Arriving back at the parking lot around 3:45 we headed for Point Reyes Station and the restaurant by the same name, feasting on various delights, including desert.


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