Mare Island Naval Shipyard & Preserve

July 2, 2017
Vallejo, CA
Walkers: Cathy, Laura, Dawn
Distance: 3 miles (Preserve only)
Elevation Gain: 347 ft.

"In 1835, whilst traversing the Carquinez Strait, a crude ferry transporting men and livestock capsized in a squall. Among the livestock feared lost in the wreckage was the prized white mare of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, the Mexican Commandante for Northern California. Several days later, General Vallejo's mare was found on the island, having swum ashore. Grateful for the fortunate turn of events, he renamed the island to Isla de la Yegua, Spanish for Mare Island, in her honor." - (source: Wikipedia)


Huge magnolia tree.

Remnants of NightMARE Island, a Halloween fundraiser.

Do we dare?

This was not the way to go - trail dead-ended; had to forge our way through snake country.

This is where the trail ended. The road must be close . . . 

The Spirit Ship

“THE SPIRIT SHIP” is an Art Tribute dedicated to the workers of Mare Island Naval Shipyard marking the closure of the Shipyard in 1996. The sculpture has a “dog tag” for many of the ships built and repaired on Mare Island." -source

No shortage of benches on this walk.

An osprey nest atop the light post.

Egrets! Such a small nest for such large birds. 
There were at least seven egrets in the tree!

Everyone checking out the egrets.

Bomb shelter.

Drying anise. Aroma therapy!

The scent was heavenly.

Another osprey nest!

We were a bit baffled as to why a cemetery would have a mail box.

Ahhh, it holds the cemetery records.

Anna Arnold Key Turner — daughter of Francis Scott Key, author of The Star-Spangled Banner. (source: my sister)

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