On a Clear Day
Though drought-stricken California is grateful for every drop of rain, it’s always a joy to see vibrant, clear skies. As the lyrics of the oldie “On a Clear Day” say, it feels like you can see forever.
My two favorite visibility indicators remind me when the air is free from fog, clouds and wildfire haze.
“You can see the Farallones today!” I say with joy every time the outline of the national wildlife refuge appears on the horizon, 32 miles west of San Francisco. When the sun and atmospheric interaction is just right, the Farallon Islands look like a magical island from another classic musical tune, “Bali Ha’i.”
The other visibility checkpoint for me is Chimney Rock, an outcropping of the Point Reyes Headlands far to the northwest of San Francisco. I gauge the fog level and air quality by whether I can see only the Marin Headlands, then as far as Bolinas, or all the way to Chimney Rock.
Unlike the Farallones that have restricted, difficult access by sea, Chimney Rock makes for a nice day trip by car. Recent photos of Chimney Rock visits posted by more than one set of friends reminded me of its stark beauty.
The image for this post was taken from the Chimney Rock trail above the old lifeboat dock during a past visit, though not on a perfectly clear day.
Even when we can’t be at a favorite spot in person, we can imagine it while viewing from afar. Keep looking to the horizon, and keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s HikingAutism Hike Notes from the archives is Chimney Rock – Point Reyes, a scenic outcropping in Point Reyes National Seashore that features a historic lifeboat station.
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(Original Hike Notes 39): Chimney Rock – Point Reyes
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