Kyle and I headed out to Sausalito last night to see if we could get some good pictures of SF bathed in the heavy fog, but we knew that it was going to be a futile mission to get those pictures as we crossed the Golden Gate. The fog was thick, and we could barely see 15 feet in front of the car. We continued on into Sausalito to a look out point where you can usually see the city, but we couldn’t see anything past a hill dotted with residences that seemed to just rise out of the bay water like an urban island. Snapped a few shots there by the water and decided to make a stop in the Marin headlands. No luck there either as the fog was worse there, but we did manage to get dive bombed in our car by a suicidal owl. To say the least, we were a bit surprised. I heard yells mixed with my own coming from my left as Kyle slammed on the brakes in reaction to this owl’s aggression. Its wingspan was easily the width of the Volkswagen station wagon we were in. I must say I’m sorry to say I didn’t have the camera at the ready to capture the moment, but it’s not exactly the type of thing you expect to happen.
We decided to cross back over the bridge to explore what dramatic foggy scenes the Presidio had to offer, but we were delayed as we arrived to the bridge tolls and were not allowed to pass through. Mainly because a car chase was approaching behind us and the cops used the awaiting cars as a roadblock to stop the guy. Real nice. We were ordered to stay in our cars, so we couldn’t get to the trunk where our cameras were located to capture the moment. Finally, as the car chase arrived and stopped behind us, the cops swarmed and busted the offending suspect, and we were allowed to carry on. We were still charged bridge toll even with the inconvenience of being made to wait and being used as a road block. Awesome.
We headed on into the Presidio and caught a few pictures down an abandoned and ghostly alley before the fog got so heavy and wet that it covered my lens and camera in dew. Unfortunately it was time to go at that point with those non-camera friendly conditions. With a only a few good pictures and some good random stories to show for the night, the lesson learned here is to keep the camera always at the ready because you never know what crazy things you’ll see out there.