A BATW meeting inspired Sandy Sims to write this story for Image magazine, which is distributed monthly to six community newspapers, for a total circulation of 46,000. No online link, but we’re right there on the porch with her for the opener:
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“Rockin’ on the Edge of the Bay”
by Sandy Sims
“It’s 11 a.m. I’m sitting in a rocking chair on the long porch of a barrack at Fort Baker, gazing across the San Francisco Bay to the city’s skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. The water on the bay is shimmering white. A small plane grinds through the sky. Tufted grass on the 10-acre parade ground flutters in the breeze. I take my jacket off because the sunshine on this January day is quite warm, and slip into the slow reverie my grandmother must have enjoyed back in the day when sitting on the porch was entertainment.
Situated within Golden Gate National Parks, and at the foot of Golden Gate Bridge’s Marin side, historic Fort Baker has been transformed into San Francisco Bay’s first national park lodge, a luxurious, languid, sprawling inn with an upscale restaurant, a bar and meeting rooms.
Restored officer’s quarters are the historic rooms. Contemporary accommodations up the hill replace old barracks. A Healing Arts & Spa center offers treatments, a meditation pool and tea bar to hotel guests and day visitors. The restored military chapel provides complementary Yoga every morning.
It’s hard to believe this cove was once a highly fortified military base along with other forts in the Marin headlands. But during the early 1900s, San Francisco was deemed the most important harbor on the west coast. (The strait under the Golden Gate Bridge is the only entrance to the bay and its connecting waterways.) Soldiers, as far back as the civil war, built artillery bunkers, batteries and tunnels here on surrounding ridges. WWII soldiers added anti-aircraft artillery and anti-submarine mines.
Despite all this preparation, soldiers here never had to shoot a gun. This cove has always been peaceful and protected…”