Monday, March 31, 2014

80 North: Richmond, Pt. Molate Beach Park

warning sign at Pt. Molate Beach Park in Richmond, CA

view of Richmond Bridge at Pt. Molate Beach Park in Richmond, CAPt. Molate Beach Park  on Western Dr.  Free.  Long ago, the World War II fleet was fueled here.  Now city-owned and cleaned up, this quiet little bayside park is the perfect spot for a picnic (tables and barbecues are provided).  The expansive view includes the San Rafael Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais, and Red Rocks Island—which was recently for sale for $12 million.  Keep your eyes open for harbor seals, wild turkeys, and osprey.  And though kids will enjoy playing in the sand, it isn’t recommended that anyone wade, swim, or fish in the calm water.  The area is famous as the location for the 1955 movie, Blood Alley, with Lauren Bacall and John Wayne.  Continue on this road, which later becomes rustic and curvy like the road to Hana, to a former Chinese fishing camp which is now a houseboat colony. 

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images © 2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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