Looking for Something Completely New this Labor Day Weekend? by Barbara L. Steinberg
Many of you know Mare Island is located in Vallejo. You probably don't know much more -- well, maybe about the naval base, boats and stuff. Nothing too exciting; or so you think. What you don't know about are all the amazing attractions hidden there. The Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve is (truly) a WABAC (way-back) machine. The abandoned Victorian homes are frozen in time -- a ghost town. You can almost hear the voices of naval families who once occupied this once island paradise. That's only the beginning.
Some of the oldest structures on Mare Island's southern tip, historic naval cemetery, hiking trails, gardens, wildlife, and breathtaking vistas are yours for the asking. You need to experience the preserve to really understand its special personality. It was locked away from public view for many years. But under the stewardship of Myrna Hayes and tireless volunteers, this California gem is open to the public every weekend, Friday- Sunday, 10 a.m. to sunset. For the coming Labor Day weekend, the preserve will also be open on Monday.
Throughout the year interpretive hikes, displays, festivals, and full-moon walks are scheduled. Donations are accepted and desperately needed to preserve this California gem and provide public access. Visit the past on the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve.