After the stroll we parked at Keller Beach, just north of Miller Knox, to launch our boats. A park attendant pulled over in his truck to inform us that we were launching in a very inconvenient location. Rather than take his advice to launch further south, we stubbornly carried our boats down and up the large hill, including multiple flights of stairs. We do this partly for exercise, right?
|Keller Beach, the launch site. Warning: you'll have to carry your boat up and down a huge hill if you decide to launch here...|
|Armored shoreline railroad running along the front of Miller Knox Regional Shoreline|
|A barge passing a parked oil tanker. Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island in the background.|
|Some machinery at the end of the Chevron Pier.|
|Jeff checking out the oil tanker and miscellaneous equipment.|
|Under the Richmond Bridge. You can't see it here, but we were greeted by a number of ornery seals who were basking on Castro Rocks. To the left of the photo is Red Rock Island, where I paddled a week earlier.|
|Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot (decommissioned)|
|Photo from http://www.pointrichmond.com/pointsanpablo/graphics/|
|Dilapidated buildings on the west shore of Point San Pablo.|
|More piers that have collapsed into the bay, leaving behind creosote piles that take ages to degrade.|
|Apologies for all the kayaking selfies recently. This is the easiest way to deal with having one camera in the group. Also note extensive salt stains on my arm...|
|The Chevron Oil Refinery: site of a major fire on August 6th 2012 that sent 15,000 people seeking treatment at local hospitals.|
|East Brother Light Station on Brothers Island: Built in 1853, the light house is still maintained and run as a Bed and Breakfast. Reservations start at $315/night!|
Time: ~ 4 hours?
Distance: ~15 miles