Mark your calendars for January 26, 2013, the annual celebration of the founding of CALS. The day will include a lichen walk at Olompali State Historic Park, the annual board meeting, a pot-luck dinner, and guest speakers. Event details are listed below. Feel free to come for all or just part of the day.
Meet in the parking lot for Olompali State Historic Park at 10:00 AM (park gate opens at 10) for introductions and we will start out on the trail at 10:15. The trail is a 2.75 mile loop with 600 feet of elevation gain. Olompali offers diverse microhabitats and substrates for lichens including historic rock walls, basalt and serpentine boulders, oak woodlands, and moist, shaded slopes. Bring good walking shoes, layers, lunch, water, and a hand lens. Note that there is a day use fee of $8.00 for the park.
Directions: The park entrance is located on Highway 101 about three miles north of Novato. The park entrance is accessible only by traveling southbound on 101. So, for northbound travelers, pass the park and take the first exit north of the park, for Redwood Landfill. Cross over the highway overpass and head southbound on 101 to the park entrance. If you miss the exit for the landfill, you can attempt a U-turn at the left hand exit for San Antonio Creek Road. From southbound 101 the exit for the park is clearly marked.
Annual Board Meeting
The annual board meeting, open to the general membership, will be held from 3:00-5:00 PM at the Brickyard Landing in Point Richmond (see directions below).
Pot-Luck Dinner and Guest Speakers
Following the annual meeting at Brickyard Landing, there will be appetizers and drinks from 5:00’ish to 6:00 PM. Then we will continue socializing over dinner from 6:00-6:45. This is a pot-luck event, so bring appetizers, drinks or a main course to share. There is a kitchen at the facility if you need to warm up your dish. Starting at 7:00 we will have two guest speakers. The first will be Christine Walker, present preliminary findings from her work on a lichen inventory of the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve. The second speaker will be Martin Hutten, from the National Park Service, giving a talk entitled “Lichen inventory and lichen threats in Yosemite National Park.”
Directions to Brickyard Landing, Point Richmond, CA
From the West: On 580 go east across the Richmond Bridge, exit on Canal Blvd., turning right or south, continue on Canal across Cutting Blvd. and until the center divide disappears and you come to a stop sign . Turn right onto Seacliff Drive, continue on Seacliff as it goes over the hill to the next stop sign, where you enter Brickyard Cove Road. You will soon see the five large buildings of Brickyard Landing on your right. Turn right onto Brickyard Way at the main entrance, and then turn right again almost immediately onto Brickyard Cove Lane. After passing the tennis courts you will see the gate to the Clubhouse on your left. Park and walk in past the swimming pool and you will see the Clubhouse straight ahead.
From the East: Go west on 580 until Canal Blvd., turn left or south and continue as directed above.