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Angel Island is a hilly, grass and forest-covered island,
the largest in San Francisco Bay. It is located one mile from
the Tiburon Peninsula. The park covers 740 acres and is 788
feet high at the top of Mt. Livermore. It provides spectacular
views of Marin County, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate,
and the entire Bay Area. In addition to recreational facilities
(hiking, biking, camping, boating), it is rich in historical
significance. For over six thousand years, it was used by
Miwok Indians as a fishing and hunting site. For almost 100
years - stretching from the Civil War to the Cold War - the
island housed a variety of military installations, including
supporting troops on their way to and from the Pacific Theaters
in WWI and WWII. It also played a major role in the settlement
of the West, serving both as a Public Health Service Quarantine
Station, and an Immigration Station.
Today, trails and fire roads provide easy access to the whole
island, including many historic sites and breathtaking views.
Tours are available at many of the historic sites, especially
on weekend days during the high season from April to October
or November. Oak, bay, and madrone trees, sagebrush, chamise,
manzanita, toyon, elderberry, and coyote brush are native
to the island. Eucalyptus, Monterey pine, Douglas fir, Monterey
cypress, black locust, Australian tea trees, Portuguese cork
oaks, and other trees and shrubs were planted on the island
by the military. Wildflowers are abundant.
We will photograph the ruins of historic Fort McDowell, Camp
Reynolds, and the surrounding landscape of Angel Island, between
sunset and "the wee small hours of the morning,"
with the aid of the Full Red Moon. The Photo Camp
is open to Alumni of the various programs of The Nocturnes
Accommodations will be on the 'rustic' side - bring a sleeping
bag - not unlike what Civil War-era soldiers underwent at
Camp Reynolds, where we will be "bunking" in the
historic (and still functioning!) "Bakehouse." Susan
Nichols will prepare a hearty home-cooked meal on Wednesday
night, as well as a light breakfast on Thursday morning. All
meals and the fare for the roundtrip ferryboat ride, from
Tiburon and back, are included in tuition.
Tuition is $125, with full payment and pre-registration due
by August 1, 2005. Meals, beverages and the ferry boat ride
are included in the tuition. For more information email
us or call us at (415) 824-1653.