Nancy and I went out to the San Francisco area for a long weekend, for the US Orienteering Championships and some lighthouse sightseeing. I didn’t have any airborne ambitions in mind, though I did figure that I might get a glimpse of a flying site or two.
First stop was on Friday afternoon, after the first race. The orienteering was at Morgan Territory, which is close to Mt. Diablo, so we drove up there. It looks like it’s nearby, but it’s a long and twisty trip to get there, ending with the harrowing drive up the mountain. It’s not that it’s all that scary a road, but in the afternoon, every time you come around a curve there’s a chance that a cyclist will be tearing downhill toward you, and you hope he’s on his side of the road. I had no idea where the launches are on the mountain (after getting home, I got in touch with the site director, who pointed me to the web site), but it does look like a beautiful place to fly.
Saturday afternoon we went looking for lighthouses, and ended up at Point Bonita. Looking across the Golden Gate from there, I could see where I think Fort Funston is off in the distance, behind the fog bank that rolled in before I got the camera out, though I doubt anybody was flying that day.
Sunday afternoon we went up to Point Cabrillo in Mendocino, and on Monday drove down the coast, ending up at Point Reyes. Looking north from there, I had a view of what appears to be a really nice stretch of soarable beach. The park information says that a special permit is required for hang gliding, so I don’t know if anybody actually flies there (it’s pretty remote and hard to get to), but the solitude might be nice.
I don’t know if it’s very likely that I’ll ever fly in California, but it was nice getting at least a glimpse of where people do.