We met up at 5:15 AM to pack the he Sanctuary ‘Shark Van’ to the gills with all of our gear, food, cameras and computers. We we lucky to get a lift on the Outer Limits, a while watching boat, around 6:30AM from Sausalito. We stopped to pick up some whale watchers from San Francisco and we were on our way. All of the sudden there we were, at the Farallon Islands, only 28 miles form San Francisco, in the 415, but at the same time a million miles from anywhere.
Getting onto the island is no easy feat. The island is a Wildlife Refuge and access is very limited…only 8 people are allowed on the island at any given time. You can see Carol and Scott after we had made the landing and climbed a huge wet stair case with our gear. The rest of our gear had a harder trip to the East Landing, as you can see below. We will be staying in one of two houses on the island, formerly occupied by the lighthouse keepers and their families.