Bumped into this pack of friendly Bernese Mountain doggies on the bluff the other day. They were enjoying themselves at Funston after a ride on the Big Dog Bus! They were big, big dogs with lots of smiles to go around!
Running your dog off leash on the beaches at Ft. Funston could change dramatically as the administrators at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) are considering rule changes. These seem to mostly affect dog walkers and the numbers of dogs they will be allowed to walk at any given time. There are plans being considered that would drastically reduce off leash dog walking at the beach and other areas of Ft. Funston for all visitors and their dogs. Scenes like this would become less common, seems like a shame as these pups are obviously enjoying themselves and each other. Check out this link, http://www.nps.gov/goga/parkmgmt/pets.htm for more information. Also, there’s a click through in the image that will take you to a Facebook page advocating saving off leash access in many parts of the extensive GGNRA. http://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/maps.htm
Two distinct sediments mixed and laid out in a pattern by the waves at Ft. Funston. The black is an iron rich magnetite, deposited in a dense layer half a million years ago when Mt. Lassen erupted. The lighter, golden sand was left behind 10,000 to 15,000 during the Wisconsin Ice Age. During that time the shoreline as we know it had moved westward about twenty miles. As the Ice Age ran its course and the planet warmed the shoreline moved back east, bringing with it massive amounts of the sand you walk on today at Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. These two remarkably different sediments mix on the shore of Fort Funston’s beaches. The magnetite eroding from a sedimentary layer in the bluffs, and the sands of glacier ground granite, brought here by the Sacramento River long ago are sorted by wave action to create dramatic patterns.