July 25,  2009

Trail Description:
Guglielmo Marconi commissioned this site in 1913 for a powerful ship to shore radio station. In 1929 a new Art-Deco station replaced it. There are still relics of the old antenna 'farm' around the periphery.  More here. On this day it was cool and clear as we headed north towards Abbots Cove across a mile of dense grasses dotted with Cat ears and other flowers.  After a good lunch on a soft knoll overlooking the lagoon, we leisurely headed back.  They say 'All who wander are not lost'. But that didn't apply to some of us on this hike. Fortunately the grass wasn't any higher. 

Trail Location: here
Park Page:

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Beach Evening Primrose (Camissonia cheiranthifolia ssp. cheiranthifolia)
Bedstraw (Gallium sp.)
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) NN
Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus propinquus)
Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
Brass Buttons (Cotula coronopifolia)NN
Brownie Thistle (Cirsium quercetorum)
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus)
Coastal Large Leaf Plantain (Plantago subnuda)
Coyote Mint (Monardella villosa)
Coyote Thistle (Eryngium armatum)
Cow Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii)
Curley Dock (Rumex crispus) NN
Cut Leaf Geranium (Geranium dissectum)NN
Davyís Fairy Fan (Clarkia davyi)
Dwarf Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora ssp. malviflora)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)NN
Fern Leaf Phacelia (Phacelia distans)
Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia)
Ground Brodiaea (Brodiaea terrestris)
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)
Hyssop Loosestrife (Lythrum hyssopifolia)NN
Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora) NN
Narrow Leaf Flax (Linum bienne)NN
Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)NN
Purple Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra)NN
Redstem Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)NN
Rough Catís Ears (Hypochaeris radicata)NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)NN
Seep Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus)
Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris)
Sheep Sorrell (Rumex acetosella)NN
Shore Cinquefoil (Potentilla anserina ssp. pacifica)
Silverleaf Cudweed (Gnaphalium purpureum)
Spiny Sand Mat (Cardionema ramosissimum)
Water Parsley (Oenanthe sarmentosa)
Willow Dock (Rumex salicifolius)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Yellow Bush Lupine (Lupinus arboreus)

Ferns Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens).