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Roger Riordan: Visit to Berkeley 1964-65

it was virtually impossible to get from Orinda to Berkeley before about 10 o'clock in the morning, and even after 10 it was advisable to take a winding road over the hill, rather than to try the tunnel. The first few of these photos are taken from this road somewhere near the summit. The road down into Berkeley was extremely steep, and in summer it was lined in the evening with overheated cars with their bonnets up because their automatic drives could not cope with stop start driving on the steep hill.

The Mount Tamalpais State Park was over the Golden Gate Bridge, with Muir Woods hiding in one of its valleys, and the beautiful Stinson Beach at its foot. The area was somewhat inaccessible from Orinda, so we only visited it occasionally.

During summer a cold current flowing south along the Californian coast maintained a band of fog over the ocean which spread inland over the Bay region till it hit the Berkeley Hills. Sometimes on the way to work I would see it sneaking through the trees and flowing in ribbons down the hill toward the Central Valley. Even when it wasn't foggy the air humidity was often very high, as is demonstrated by the lenticular cloud over Alcatraz Island.

Berkeley Hills

Sunset

Mt Tamalpais

Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach

Berkeley Hills

To Muir Woods

Mt Tamalpais

Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach

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