Sarah and I decided that her first backpacking trip would be to Angel Island, I am pretty sure that her brother influenced her decision some, as he really likes this trip. I have been here a few times now (see trip to Sunrise site #8 in 2010, East Bay site# 2 in 2013 and East Bay site#1 in 2013 ). Sunrise camp does have uninterrupted views but East Bay site #1 is huge, away from neighbors, has shade and some shelter from wind. I think all three East Bay sites rock compared to Sunrise on the whole. Each group of sites has a water faucet and pit toilet. We did the Tiburon Ferry as the pier one ferry from Blue and Gold doesn't have as many options this time of year. We caught the 11 am ferry out of tiburon and if is about a ten minute ride. We parked at Bank of America for $5, about two blocks away from ferry. There is a closer option for $25 if you are so inclined. You have to pay in cash to park (to a machine) and when boarding the ferry (to a person) so hit the ATM after parking or plan ahead. Here is Sarah after we parked the car.
So we were off to the Tiburon Ferry. Wait why is there a fire truck out?
Sarah made friends with the Tiburon firemen and got to sit in the fire truck, lucky. So far the trip was going great (and we were only five minutes into it) .
Once I convinced Sarah that a ferry ride is almost as fun as sitting in a fire truck we were off to the ferry terminals. There are two ferry docks, one for the Blue and Gold Fleet and the other for the Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry (make sure you take the right one) . The ferry ride is a short ten minutes from Tiburon. There is limited service from this ferry during the non summer months, so be sure to check ferry schedules using the links above before you use reserveamerica to book your site (unless you have a private boat of your own). Here is the ferry coming in to get us.
This was the first critter we saw on the trail. Look close.
Here is Sarah throwing rocks in the bay on the northwest side of the beach. The beach is small and is really small at high tide. Perfect though for Sarah.
There is a lot of history to explore at the Immigration Station. Sarah was looking for a way to ring the bell. I am really glad there is no clapper in there, her ears would still be ringing. The Immigration Station also has a nice bathroom with running water.
We headed back to camp and played in the trees after dinner. Well Sarah played in the trees. I thought I had put all of the food away after dinner, but a racoon reminded me of some bread that was in a small day pack I had. He picked it up and ran off with it. I chased him and was able to get the pack back. I got lucky that he dropped it, Sarah's duck was in that pack with the bread! The moral of the story here is the raccoons on this island are serious. I saw 4 or 5 different ones cruise by camp that evening. We had a pleasant evening that was fog free. Here is Sarah that evening after the backpack/duck rescue.
While I packed up the next morning Sarah was in the trees again, can you spot her?
She was really sad to leave that morning. I guess that means she likes this backpacking thing.
There are some interesting plants on the island. This one sure attracted the insects and even a humming bird.