Monday, April 25, 2011

Shipwreck Hike at Lands End

Last week, I got up well before sunrise to join a hike taking place at Lands End -- the rocky north-western edge of San Francisco. The early morning hour was due to an extremely low tide that would enable us to see the sunken ships that line the coast of San Francisco.

Since the Gold Rush of 1849, hundreds of ships have sunk along the coastline. Some were shipwrecks, and some were ships abandoned by crews in search of gold.

We set off at 6:30 AM to the sound of fog horns calling to each other in the early morning quiet, as the sun was beginning to rise. The hike was gorgeous, but with one problem -- it was too foggy to see the shipwrecks!

I suppose it should have occurred to us that there was a reason there have been so many shipwrecks along those rocks. Foggy photos are below.



  1. Shipwrecks would have been cool, but foggy photos are even better! I love fog. Maybe it's because I live inland enough for it to be a bit too hot in the summer, so I'm often heading for San Francisco's fog to cool off.

  2. I agree, Heidi--I've always loved the fog. Though I still would have liked to have found those shipwrecks!

  3. My son is (among other things) a SCUBA diver, and his website has stunning underwater photos, including ones in old shipwrecks. If you're interested, he's at (NOTE: there's no "w" in yello).

    Your fog pictures bring back such lovely memories. There's not a lot of fog in metro Atlanta!

  4. Those are some gorgeous underwater photos at the yelloideas website. If the ocean wasn't so scary I would totally go diving to swim through sunken ships.