On July 14th, GeoJourney arrived at Gray Whale Cove State Beach to begin our Geo-hazards day in and around San Francisco. Students visited several different sites including the location of the midcentury Mussel Rock Landslide, Fort Point’s serpentinite outcrop, and the Marina District to see firsthand, the geologic, cultural, and economic impacts that earthquakes had and will continue to have on this region of California. That evening the cooks were kind enough to treat us to a dinner at Point Reyes National Seashore on the beach. We enjoyed a hearty meal of seafood, potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, dinner rolls, and pie. A beach fire accompanied us as we watched the sun set into the Pacific Ocean.
Following our day off in San Francisco, we resumed the academics by returning to Point Reyes National Seashore to explore tide pool ecology and the modes of life those organisms inhabit, beach processes occurring at an active plate margin at Drake’s Beach, and the cultural history of the Coastal Miwok people.