2016-12-31 38 -122

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Sat 31 Dec 2016 in 38,-122:
38.1014338, -122.4896370

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Location[edit]

Near the shore of Day('s) Island, east of Novato.

Participants[edit]

Plans[edit]

Aim to arrive slightly before 16:00 to maximize meetup potential, subject to New Year's Eve plans. Tide should be relatively high but falling then, judging by a couple sources I found. Sunset is around 17:00.

This is CA Fish & Wildlife land, but fortunately closed to hunting. Otherwise the Internet knows very little about the location. Google Street View reaches as far as the intersection of Iolanthus Ave/Norton Ave/Days Island Rd, at which the latter has what appears to be a "Road Closed to Unauthorized Vehicles" sign. So the plan is to park near there at 15:30 or so and walk the last 0.5mi out the road.

Investigate shore access from both ends of the road, or near the single house just inland of the hashpoint. Try not to get stuck in the mud.

(Some nearby hashpoints also look interesting: 39 -123 can likely be parked on top of, and 38 -121 also might be reachable. But those are a long way away.)

Expedition[edit]

The steep, winding roads of Black Point-Green Point passed fancy homes and friendly joggers, leading to a closed gate at Days Island Rd. Not seeing a sure place to park nearby, we instead tried Norton Ave, gravel and lined with simpler homes, finding parking near a trail of sorts at the north end at 15:50.

The two of us traipsed through the grass along the northern approach to the "island". Hiding in the grass were a collapsing wooden structure, an unidentifiable rusting one, and a deer. As we met the road again, we waved to a man and dog who retreated to the nearby house. A steep drop was apparent beyond the house. Not wanting to traverse the shore from so far north, we walked along the road and took the south fork past the only other house. This brought us directly inland of the hashpoint, but on closer examination the cliff was still quite steep. Slightly farther along, however, we identified a plausible scrambling route and descended to the base.

From there, only brush stood between us and the point. Some appeared dead and might have been below the high tide line. We encountered water with less than 9 meters remaining, but that was within current GPS accuracy so we decided to call it plenty close enough at 16:40.

For the return trip, we found a closer scrambling route with less backtracking and walked out the road into the sunset. At the gate, a small sign was discovered that in fact invited adjacent parking. It was a short enough walk back to the car.

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Achievements[edit]

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coyotebush and blueberrynewt earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (38, -122) geohash on 2016-12-31.