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Post-Thanksgiving Gathering on the Island
It ain't Hawaii, but Mare Island Shoreline Regional Preserve is a sweet place to spend a holiday. Here's a chance for a full day of food and fun. You can attend one or all of the suggested activities. Rain might cancel some of the activities, but we can plan indoor activities at the preserve in the event of inclement weather. [Puzzles, musical instruments, table games, adult coloring ....more?] a) We'll meet at the visitor center at 1:00 and go together to the San Pablo Bay Walking Trail, described in detail below. b) At 3:00, Thanksgiving Dinner in the Visitor Center. We will bring a huge container of cranberry sauce, some turkey and dressing, and perhaps more. Rolls or bread, vegetables, more turkey and dressing, appetizer trays, desserts, drinks, would all be welcome. c) After dinner, a brief walk to the top of the hill to see multiple cities sparkling around the water. Activity A: The Mare Island San Pablo Bay Walking Trail is located on the western side of Mare Island with exquisite panoramic vistas of San Pablo Bay, Mt. Diablo, the Carquinez Strait, the East Bay hills, Mt. Tamalpais and the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. It also offers a totally unique perspective on the Mare Island Naval Shipyard simply not ever seen but by a few, including long-time shipyard workers. The up to 4-mile roundtrilp trail is an easy walk on all flat terrain, with a shorter loop trail around the newly contained landfill. On that loop is a seasonal wetland chock full of waterfowl and shorebirds. The rare treat is the number of raptors in the sky above. The trail has 12 interpretive panels and benches along the way. [Above info from http://www.mareislandpreserve.org/Walk_Mare_Island/Mare_Island_Walking_Trails_WEST.html] Mare Island also has a historic cemetery that's of interest. There is no official admission fee to the preserve, but donations are heartily encouraged. Ron and I have room for two more people to ride with us. We request that you chip in $8 or more for car costs, and that you not cancel at the last moment leaving your spot unoccupied. The preserve is a warm, loving environment where our souls usually find respite. If you don't feel like walking, you can tour the exhibits or enjoy a rocking chair on the front porch.

Mare Island PreserveVisitor Center

167 O'Hara Court at south end of Railroad Avenue · Vallejo, CA

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    We are an all-age group, though a lot of us are Boomers. Originally, our focus was on exploring Santa Clara Valley/Valley of the Heart's Delight/Silicon Valley/ -- visiting local history museums, touring historic neighborhoods, walking and hiking all around the county, and gathering weekly for California History Movie Night.

    Since we've seen about everything there is in The Valley of the Heart's Delight over the 9 years since the group started, we now tend to go further afield to get to know the towns and counties around us -- San Francisco, Oakland, Alameda, Danville, Walnut Creek, and more.

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