The San Francisco Bay Trail – Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park Service Historical Park.

Bay_Trail_Sign_347X350This was my first walk on a portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail, joining the Albany Area Walkers – (you can find them on Meetup.com).  We started at Point Isabel just off the Central Exit of Hwy 580 in Richmond CA. From here you can see vistas of San Francisco and Marin County across the Bay.

Our walk took about 5 hours, stopped for a leisurely lunch, and walked 7.5 miles! The morning began in fog and breeze so we were glad for our layers. After lunch the jackets came off so we could enjoy the sunshine and the warm air.

Be sure to stop at the Rosie Memorial located at Marina Bay Park along the trail. This Memorial is definitely worth seeing. Walk past the Harbor Master’s Office and along the Bay and you will arrive at the National Park Visitor Center. The National Park Service employees and volunteers are wonderful resources and take great pride in representing the “Rosies.”

The “Rosies” and why this historical site is important.  During World War II, as American men were sent to the warfront, women were hired to work in the plants building the warships and munitions to support the war effort. The Kaiser shipyards were on the forefront of hiring women and minorities in non-traditional manufacturing trades. These hiring efforts and the work of the “Rosies” planted the seeds for later success in the struggle for civil rights in the United States.

You will learn much more at the Visitor Center to place this remarkable museum and memorial in historic context.

Jim was born in Oakland and with the exception of his 7 years in the Air Force, has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area his entire life. He is an avid fan of San Francisco and its surrounds and enjoys the beauty, culture and diversity it affords. He enjoys being able to take day trips to the ocean, the desert or to some of the highest peaks on the continent. He likes having the ability to travel from a metropolis with millions of people to a quiet spot with only nature around him within a few hours of driving time.