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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

As Far As The Eye Can See...

The coastline north from Point Bonita, Golden Gate NRA/Kurt Repanshek

Surf pounding the rocky Pacific Coast shoreline north of the Point Bonita Lighthouse makes it clear why a lighthouse was necessary at the mouth of San Francisco Bay. The Point Bonita Light was first lit in 1855; it still is an active lighthouse, operated by the U.S. Coast Guard yet stationed within Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Kurt Repanshek
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Scofflaws Piloting Drones In The National Park System

How can someone spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 for a drone, drive to the Marin Headlands portion of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, walk several hundred yards from the parking lot along with dozens of other visitors, commence to flying his drone on the trail to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and claim not to know he was in a national park?
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Obama Administration Passes On National Parks In DOT's "Grow America" Plan

Despite the Obama Administration's drive to expand the National Park System, and with $11.5 billion in backlogged maintenance needs in the parks, the administration overlooked the National Park Service when putting together its $478 billion "Grow America" plan for improving the nation's infrastructure.
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Take Me To The Light....

First "lit" in 1855, the Point Bonita Lighthouse long has worked to keep ships off the shoals as they entered San Francisco Bay. It wasn't always successful. The first edition of the lighthouse was located higher up on a hill, but proved to be too high, as the fog hid the light. The current location was chosen in 1877. It stands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Kurt Repanshek
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Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide