President John F. Kennedy once said: “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” I write this now to thank you for your generous support.
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, I invite you, your family, and friends to #OptOutside this Black Friday and help give thanks by going out and enjoying the beautiful beaches and waters you help protect every day. Take a walk, toss a Frisbee, bring a picnic, and stop and pick up trash near our California Beach Clean Up Stations. Make a game of it! Count how many pieces you pick up and log them into our new online Trash Collection Data Form.
Below is our Top 5 list of San Francisco Bay Area beaches for you to explore and #OptOutside.
Let’s soak up the sun, breathe in the salty air, and dig our toes in the sand to show our gratitude for our beautiful community, beaches, and waters.
Many, many thanks from all of us at All One Ocean,
Hallie Austen Iglehart
P.S. Don’t forget next week is #GivingTuesday. We hope you consider making a donation this year to help us protect our waters and wildlife!
Doran Beach at Bodega Bay is not just for “The Birds” (location of the famous Alfred Hitchcock film). Plug 201 Doran Beach Road (Doran Regional Park) into your GPS and you will find a great spot for birding, camping, fishing, hiking and walking, kayaking, canoeing, and picnicking.
Dramatic white sandstone cliffs line Drake’s Beach with drive-up access, a café, and a visitor center containing exhibits on maritime exploration (did you know Sir Francis Drake is thought to have landed here when circumnavigating the globe?), marine environments, and an entire minke whale skeleton.
Commune with the spirit of Janis Joplin (her ashes were spread along Stinson Beach), check out the town of the same name, or bring all the fixings for a barbecue (the grounds have picnic and barbecue facilities). Get there early—parking can be difficult to find on busy days.
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A great spot for bird watching (and watching hang gliders), Mussel Rock Beach in Daly City is the closest point to the epicenter of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. There are lots of great trails, but be sure to follow safety signs as the cliffs are steep and rock slides happen. Bonus: this beach is dog-friendly!
Muir Beach is a quiet favorite of locals and named after famous environmentalist John Muir. Check out the new Dias Ridge Trail, featuring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
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HELP US MEASURE OUR IMPACT
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Your feedback will help us set up more Beach TLC Stations, make permanent the Stations we are piloting, hold plastic manufacturers accountable and create ocean protection legislation.