Farallon Islands Excursion
Michael Ellis, Footloose Forays
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Come discover one of the Bay Area's most spectacular and pristine natural wonders. After departing Sausalito we will cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Pt. Bonita, looking for marine mammals that inhabit the area. If time permits we may also venture out over the continental shelf to look for unusual species that are found on this edge. Then we'll move to the main Farallon Island. Only members of the Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory and the Coast Guard are allowed on the island. We will stay in the protected Fisherman's Cove for a while to soak up the immense amount of life that abounds here. Afterwards, we will cruise over and look at the south side of the island, where most of the manmade structures are located.
Ellis began going to the Farallon Islands as a researcher in 1977 and has been leading trips there ever since.
A note on seasickness: Please get a good night sleep before the trip and do not drink any alcohol! Avoid fried and greasy foods. Eat whatever breakfast you normally would. Bring crackers and bubbly water. Think good thoughts. There are a number of fairly effective motion sickness remedies on the market. Some of these require a doctor's prescription; others may be purchased over the counter. If you try the transderm patch (ear patch) that contains scopolamine, please try it at home first. The side effects are unpleasant to some people. 1 g. -powdered ginger in capsules has been shown to be an effective remedy. The Chinese have known this for about 1000 years; NASA recently confirmed it.
Location: Meet at the Salty Lady, Sausalito Sport Fishing Pier, foot of Harbor Drive, Sausalito. From 101, take the Sausalito/Marin City exit off. As you exit bear right on Bridgeway toward downtown Sausalito. Go three lights and turn left on Harbor Drive. Follow until it dead ends at some large parking lots just opposite Caruso's. The pier is obvious. Park in the large lot to the left (north). If you are unfamiliar with this area please review a map prior to departure.
Time: 7:30 a.m. meet for important introductory lecture on boat safety and the natural and human history of the Farallons., 8 a.m. sharp boat departs. Likely return by 4 p.m., but it's possible we could be slightly late.
Cost: $155 non-members, $155 members
Also know: Sponsored by Ernst & Young and the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation.