While driving on the Richmond Bridge one might not notice a little red island on the south side of the bridge... You can hardly see it, the bridge is almost on top of it. It's the only privately owned island in San Francisco bay and has been on and off the market tons of times. But no one has ever bought it.
It used to be a Magnesium mine, but now there's only scars on one side from it. There's a teeny beach full of beach glass on the north side. I had never been, last time we tried going there we almost sailed into the bridge, so I was excited to sail up there earlier this year. This proved to be the last trip on our small sailboat, but alas we have a newer bigger one now.
While there another boat showed up and it's party went to climb up to the top. I didn't partake in that activity cause the only thing you win from getting to the top in poison oak. Both times my friends have climbed the crumbling rocks all the way up have become miserable itchy dudes the next day. I don't really think it's worth it.
So I spent my time walking around the island on the beach and rocks, picking up sea glass (remnants of abandoned island parties) and taking pictures. Of course there was a beautiful sunset that framed the mountains to the west beautifully.
It's absolutely beautiful, I hope it stays remote and full of poison oak.