A few weeks ago I blogged about barges... and what I could see from my window. From my window I can also see Angel Island. In fact, if it weren't for Angel Island, I could see the Golden Gate Bridge!
|Angel Island is the backdrop as sailboats jockey for position for the start of the weekly race.|
|On the ferry, getting ready to leave Tiburon|
|Looking down into Ayala Cove. This is where the ferries come in. |
Individuals may also rent moorings, bikes or take a tram tour.
|Remains of the stone crushers are found near the road, next to a quarry.|
To safeguard against attack in the Civil War three artillery batteries were constructed and Camp Reynolds was built. There are still a number of buildings from this era, as well as additional buildings that were added to meet the needs of the military in later years.
|The garrison building and other buildings at Camp Reynolds.|
picture from Angel Island site.
|This is the Camp Reynolds hospital, which was built in the early 1900's|
|Riding through Ft. McDowell - an amazing ghost town.|
|A Military Museum in the guard house and jail on Ft. McDowell|
Only a few of the buildings at the fort's east garrison are still habitable. A few of the officer's quarters are used for resident staff of the park.
We could not ride our bikes down to the immigration station, which is often referred to as the Ellis Island of the west. We both wanted to see it... next trip! Over 225,000 immigrants were detained at the station between 1910 and 1940. Most of the immigrants were Chinese or Japanese. Those wishing to come to our country at that time had to be educated and practicing needed professions. The country did not want laborers to come in from other countries taking jobs from Americans.
During World War II the garrison was again used for a point of embarkation for soldiers as well as to detain prisoners of war. In 1945 the island was used, once again, to process returning soldiers.
In the 1950's an area of the island became a Nike missile base, with 12 underground missiles designed for anti-aircraft defense. The missiles were removed in the early 60's and the island was turned over to the State.
The Perimeter Road around the island is about 5 miles in length. Bikers, hikers, Segway tours and a tram tour circle the island. The road was almost always our own as we peddled up and down the hills and enjoyed the spectacular views!
|Looking towards are house|
|The Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland|
|The Golden Gate Bridge|
|A container ship is heading out to sea.|
It looks as big as Alcatraz, which is on the right.,
and seemingly dwarfs San Francisco.
|Folks with bikes boarded the return ferry first.|
Here is the line of folks following us onto the boat.
|Our return to Tiburon, after a glorious day on Angel Island,|
and an amazing trip through time!