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Back to the beach

Since I didn't make it over to the beach on Wednesday, I decided then that I'd go down there today. I parked at the gulch, though, so I wouldn't have to worry about whether I was early or that whoever opens the gate at the beach was late. That also makes for a good approach from the West to enjoy the sunrise.

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I couldn't put my finger on it at first, but something there was different.

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Then I realized, there was a huge dock there that's been removed.

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The views are a lot nicer now because of it, but that might not be a long-term thing. The dock was removed as part of a plan to move the ferry terminal, so it's hard to say how the changes will impact the area.

I spoke too soon. Just now, I finally found an artist's conception of how the site might turn out. It's a bummer, because it completely removes the area I like walking around down there. Oh well. Guess I'd better enjoy it while I can. Like I did today!

I thought about walking down the beach itself instead of the path today, but the tide was high enough that there was no beach.

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The geese found a spot.

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This view shows where the current ferry dock is. The new one would be much closer to where I took the photo. Thankfully they won't take away the whole beach, just the area that's the former tank farm that now has a bunch of concrete walls.

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Speaking of which, here's a shot that shows a different perspective on that new mural.

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There's one cool new development. Now that the construction at the train station is finished, they've taken down some of the fences, and I can complete my tank farm loop without having to go all the way through the station.

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The sky was less dramatic, but still quite nice on my second loop.

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Realizing I'd have to do four loops before heading back to the car if I wanted five miles, I decided to head to the gulch for a climb there. I went up the trail I call OG, which is the closest way up to the Western side from the parking lot. I rarely go that way, mainly because it was the first way I ever went up and I didn't have a particularly easy time of it. But I'm much more experienced now, so I shouldn't shy away from places I previously found difficult. However! There were tons of fallen trees I had to climb over today.

On the way up, I took a quick detour to check on the little path that leads from the nice bridge. I've posted it several times before, usually from the other side.

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Definitely not a way I'd go unless I was being chased or something.

This reminded me of Hawaii.

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As is often the case, there are quite a few more photos back on flickr.

Today's awesome walk, 4.75 miles in 1:52, 10,224 steps, 440ft gain
4.75 miles in 1:52, 10,224 steps, 440ft gain

I chose the satellite view to show the dock they removed, it's just above the 2-mile mark. I also added a yellow diamond because, for a bit, I was convinced I had found a new way out of the gulch that I'd never used before, that would emerge where I put the diamond. Turns out I just hadn't gone that way in a long time, and it wasn't familiar. I don't particularly like that trail or the big grassy hill you have to climb down at the end, but it's in a handy spot. The next closest exit in that area adds an additional 1.5 miles to the route.

Just for kicks, here's a Hyperlapse of the drive home. You can see I'm not exaggerating when I say I live in the woods.



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