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Bike vs bike accident at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco

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A bicyclist collided with another bicyclist at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco on Monday August 24th 2015 at approximately 10:30pm.

One bicyclist walked away and the other one was taken away in an ambulance.

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Burn Area Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire

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Rocky Fire and Jerusalem Fire burn area

The landscape in the photo is where the ‪#‎RockyFire‬ and the ‪#‎JerusalemFire‬ have burned. So far together the fires have burned over 80,000 acres, and that estimate is rounded down. This is what the land looks like afterwards. In the future if an El Niño hits, this landscape will be dealing with extreme mudslides, and rock falls. The vegetation that has burned sometimes holds the land together, but when its burned its integrity is compromised thus causing slides when the heavy El Niño rains occur.

Bike vs Car Accident at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco

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On August 11th at approx. 9 a.m. a bicyclist and a car collided at Octavia and Market Streets in San Francisco. The bicyclist appeared to be seriously injured. The driver of the car appeared shaken. I did not see a helmet laying around the ground at the scene.

Bike vs Car Accident at Octavia and Market Streets in SF

No witnesses came forward, so the cause of the accident could not be determined. The bicyclist survived and did not suffer from life threatening injuries.

Accident scene

Bike involved in collision

Photographed Rocky Fire in Clearlake, CA

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Update: On August 14 2015 the Rocky Fire has been 100% contained.

On July 29th at approx. 3:30pm a fire was spotted near Clear Lake California. More photos here>>>>>Rocky Fire Clearlake, CA

The Rocky Fire has consumed at least 60,000 acres and as of 8/4 it is only 12% contained. The fire has used at least 26 aircraft, 301 Fire engines, 57 dozers, 40 water tenders, and over 3,000 firefighters. The longitude and latitude of the fire is -122.4762475/38.8863538
So far 24 residences, 26 outbuildings destroyed, and 3 structures damaged.

Updated stats: As of August 6 2015  69,600 acres have burned and the fire is not 40% contained.
43 residences, 53 outbuildings destroyed; 8 structures damaged.
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Rocky Fire repopulation guidelines.
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Counties effected are Lake, Yolo & Colusa Counties.

Facebook post: “If I had turnout’s(fire-proof clothes) I could have walked right into the fire. I mean literally, I could have walked up to the flames. But I can say this, lots of explosions and fuel. Not sure what the explosions were about, maybe propane tanks, but anyhow the explosions were throwing debris into the air and the stuff would fall in random spots. And flames were big, but not 100 footers, maybe 30-40 foot flames.”

Structure under threat

When I cover fires, one of the things I do is trying to connect with locals or people affected by the fires. And in doing-so, you learn what they need to know and I learn what I need to know, and I like to get insider info on alternative access points. Local’s expressed repeatedly they’d like to hear real time information on logistics about the fire. Their also mentioned repeatedly that mainstream media go in they only air the juicy footage, and they never really give logistics and real-time up dates on the ground. Residents and Fire official’s hold community meetings almost daily, but yet the residents are still thirsty for more information.
I took both my police scanners yesterday and they both became hovering points for the locals. Everyone wanted to hear what the firefighters were saying about the progress of the fire. That kind of info apparently is not being disseminated at the community meetings.
And I had 2 people follow me to locations outside the perimeter just to listen in on the scanner. Those police scanner mobile apps do not work.

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Structure under threat

While everyone is sleeping there are homeowners fighting at night to keep the flames away from their houses. Firefighters are helping, but they will be up all night fighting back the flames.

IMG_2710-001 Fire retardant aka slurry

The orange/red stuff you see is known as fire-retardant. It is also called slurry, and it is dyed red to aid firefighters. The material is a powder and it is basically dye and fertilizer. The slurry does not evaporate and it clings to vegetation.

Night Hike in Point Reyes

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Night Hike

The days in San Francisco had been hot to cloudy, to hot again. I was tired of the stop lights, the people, and the smells. I needed to get away, but I didn’t want to waste my time away from the City.

So I booked a bed at the hostel at Point Reyes, and that’s where I would spend the next 3 days.

From the ocean, to the bay’s, to the beaches, to the Estero’s, to the cliffs, to the lakes, to the lagoons, and to the forest, Point Reyes is a wilderness. It is however locked in by an ocean and roads, so eventually I believe you’d run into either if you ever got lost.

I discovered Point Reyes over 10 years ago while on a day trip with my partner. She showed me Point Reyes, she knew that land could be my equal. She told me “You’re going to love this place!” And she was right.

I go to Point Reyes at least 6 times a year. I have reported on, through my citizen journalism the plight of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which is now shut down. But I used to go there, on each visit and buy and eat raw oysters. It used to be a real treat.

Limantour Spit Point Reyes

There are many hiking options in Point Reyes, but my newly discovered best hikes are at night. I’ve done night hiking before in the Point Reyes wilderness, but never an 11 mile one.

Time was slowly ticking by, I’m at the hostel in Point Reyes, and I got a small nap before 11pm, so I was sort of rested. I was still not 100% re-hydrated from the hike onto Limantour Spit from earlier that day. But I had plenty of fluids, and I had some food and some energy chews.

I was nervous, I felt my first sense of apprehension, and questioned myself. Am I being stupid? Is this immature and thus too dangerous? I wasn’t sure, all I knew is that I had to do it. I had to night hike 11 miles through the Point Reyes wilderness by myself. I wasn’t prepared with my cameras because I was a bit nervous, but I did have on my GoPro and I took my Canon DSLR. I had a 170 lumen headlamp and a 120 lumen handheld flash light. I also had a strobe light, and I had glow sticks. I had a knife and pepper spray. I put on insect repellant and taped up my pants leg.

…..Wow, I was scared.

I got on the trail around 11:30pm, there was nothing on the roadway leading to the path.

It was quiet, foggy, cloudy, and drizzly, but not too cold.

No sounds, just quietness, until I got to the trail head. As soon as I stepped two feet past the trail head, the sounds, those sounds, they came on strong, no fade in, sounds you’d expect to hear from a wilderness. I stopped, listened, gasped. Then I just did it, I put one foot in front of the other, and soon I was committed to that trail at night. I had 11 miles to go.

I kept taking breaths, until I became aware, there were beings around me. Lots of them. Black hulks moving around me, away from me and some towards me. Then I felt something cover my face, something thread like and popping like strings when they break. Then I felt crawling, something was on my face, they just kept coming at me until I STOPPED. When I started walking again they threads kept hitting me in my face. I then realized I was walking through spider webs. Webs so big they crossed a 5 foot wide trail. I felt things crawling on my face, but I wiped it off and came up with a plan. I picked up a loose branch and used it to knock down any webs that are ahead. It worked for a while. I was now second guessing my hike. Shall I retreat or shall I go forward?

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Spider Webs.

I once again put one foot in front of the other and was now hiking again. I kept beating down the webs. Then I heard a buzzing sound like bees only louder, I could see bugs, but how? It was foggy. I just kept moving forward. The buzzing grew louder as I walked on then suddenly about 60 feet later the buzzing stopped. I froze, and when I looked around with my light, I noticed everything was a big hulking black mass. Some moving, some not. That’s when I got my first adrenaline rush, I knew something was watching me, there had to be an animal out here.

After about a mile I stopped for a minute, to think about where I was? I saw shiny things on the ground, it was pitch black, but the things I saw, shined in the light of my flashlight. So I decided to sit. Going through my backpack looking for some food, I heard rustling, thumping, stomping then a yipe, then a growl, then a yipe, then a growl, I looked up, 4 dogs(first thought’s in my mind), actually Coyotes were looking at me, I saw teeth, heard growls, so I got up, and f_ckin ran, down a hill, stepping on Coyote scat, amongst gopher holes, sink holes, uneven terrain, lots of scat, down a hill, in the dark, scared, unknowing, until I slammed into a white gate?

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The White Gate at Night

I then felt safer, but I learned the shiny things on the ground were bones.

I entered through the white gate, but up ahead was another large black mass, three of them to be exact. I stepped slowly, step by step one foot in front of the other. Keep in mind it is pitch black, and I was learning that my eyes had a difficult time focusing between super bright flashlights to the darkness, so I decided to keep walking without the lights off. I had only hiked 3 miles thus far and had 8 more to go.

The sounds, oh those sounds, so close and in stereo? The Coyote yelps, barks, and howls were in stereo. I knew I was surrounded by Coyotes, and now and then I would see them run off the path in front of me into the bushes. The bushes I had been walking along side. Every now and then I would hear a growl, but I felt the Coyotes were more afraid of me than I was them.

At this point in my hike I could hear the Tule elk. If you have never heard the sound of the Tule elk you could assume there are children screaming in the wilderness. Every now and then their calls can be horse like. Tule elk will keep themselves at least a 100 feet from people, unless you happen to walk up on them.

I kept walking, but I now realized I am going to have to go around the three large black masses that were up ahead of me. Yup, there were 3 cows in the pitch black that I had to reckon with. They did not like seeing me out there in the dark on their trail, but they had the trail blocked.

I stopped, strategized and made my move, I walked right through the 3 cows, and they didn’t even care. So now I had a long walk ahead of me, I was on the Estero trail in Point Reyes, and I was hell bent on making it to Drakes Head. So I walked and walked and walked and I started sweating, and it was colder out, so I bundled up.

One hour later I made it to Drakes Head, but I couldn’t see a thing because it was very dark, cloudy or foggy. I could see whimpers of light coming from the lifeboat station in Drakes Bay.

So I sat for a minute ate some food and started walking again. It was now 2:30a.m. And I realized that maybe I can make it back before first light. I started walking again, but this time off trail a bit. 15 minutes later, something started jumping on me and hitting my pants legs, and of course I freaked out, but when I turned on my lights I noticed there were hundreds of grasshoppers all around me. So I went back on the trail. 30 minutes later I realized the area I was in was really warm, and humid. I never figured that out, suddenly I was walking along and it’s nighttime in an area known for fog and changing weather patterns, but the area was really warm.

I continued on, the sounds really started scaring me, so I stopped messed around with my cameras a bit, and kept on going.

I was now off Drakes Head and walking along feeling kind of weird, but then suddenly 3 large black masses walked in front of me, going downhill, missing me by mere feet, they stirred up dust and they all screamed. I then concluded I almost got run over by Tule elk. They didn’t know I was there and vice versa. They kept going downhill and I kept walking straight ahead.

About 30 minutes later on the path in front of me I saw a low lying animal I thought it was a raccoon, but it was much more aggressive than a raccoon, and ran towards me for a second until I turned on my lights. Skunk? Oh crap, a skunk, a really large skunk. It ran towards me until I retreated about a ¼ mile. I waited a minute then proceeded to walk again in the same direction. The skunk was gone, but not it’s smell.

I was now in an area that flanks an Estero, a path with large bushes, shrubbery or undergrowth that towers over a person. Spider webs were in abundance, and I was starting to itch.

During the last 4.7 mile stretch I saw animals on the path in front of me and I could tell there are animals all around me. I guess I was never a threat to them because not one animal came after me. They were all tolerant.

I kept walking, the noises on all sides of me were intimidating. They would have scared the toughest person on the planet. You don’t know if you’re going to be attacked and you don’t know if something will jump on me.

Hiking at night is very surreal experience. I do not recommend it for people who get scared easily and or have bad hearts. Hiking during the day, you have a huge safety zone, you can see things coming, and or going, you can identify other beings easily, and you can always see where you’re going. But hiking at night the only safety zone is your immediate area. I like to hike at night for the challenge, but it is not for everyone.

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Plants, rocks, bones, and some fencing glow at night.

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Trail signs at night

Lured by a Coyote?

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Yesterday during a brief visit to the park, it is my belief I got lured by a Coyote. Circled the den area two times. On the 2nd time around, the Coyote in the photo, would stop, look at me, bark,(yes that’s right “bark”), and move to another area, I would walk towards him, and he would walk away, but only maybe 30 feet away, he would then stop and look up, and he barked again, this went on for 30 minutes, but then I suddenly realized I was in a very different area, and when I looked around I noticed Coyote hair in amongst the briars and branches.
So that Coyote led me to one of their den entrances, a new access point, that I never knew about. I am wondering why?
It is also my opinion that Coyote was in a playful mood.

Juvenile male Coyote Hair from Coyotes in amongst the briars

Transgender Immigrants Taking a Stand Against Abuse in Detention Centers

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Original post can be found here>>>Transgender Immigrants Taking A Stand Against Abuse: Trans March 2015

I covered Trans March 2015.

Transgender immigrants are taking a stand against the abuse, and sexual assaults in ICE detention centers.
Same Sex Marriage is now legal in all States in the United States, and now activists want to shift the focus on issues that LGBT immigrants face in detention centers in the U.S.
Transgender activists indicate that “LGBTQ immigrant detainees are uniquely vulnerable to abuse, including sexual assault, while in custody.” The Government Accountability Office report found in prison settings, non-heterosexual prison inmates report sexual assault is higher than heterosexual inmates, a finding backed up by the Bureau of Justice Statistics which found that almost 40 percent of transgender inmates in prisons are sexually assaulted.”
The situation has become desperate a Transgender activist disrupted President Obama’s Pride Press Conference. Jennicet Gutierrez, “founder of FAMILIA TQLM, an LGBTQ immigrant advocacy group,” spoke out during the White House’s Gay Pride Party, and was escorted out of the room and the crowd who attended did not appear to be in support of their plight.

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