State officials have announced that the Devil's Slide section of U.S. Highway 1 between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay, closed since April due to storm damage, will reopen August 4. During commute hours and on weekends both lanes will be open; however, repair work will continue during weekday noncommute hours, when only one lane will be open, alternating between northbound and southbound traffic.
Hostelling International USA members can now travel with a translator in their ear, thanks to a new discount partnership with CyraKnow, the company that uses iPod technology to help new and seasoned travelers learn the nuances of pronunciation and basic phrases for four major languages in a short period of time.
A new edition of the "511 Getting There on Transit Guide," a free pocket guide to riding public transit in the San Francisco Bay Area, has been released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). This handy booklet provides colorful maps and diagrams of more than three dozen transit systems throughout the region, as well as lists of popular destinations and directions to reach them on transit. For anyone--visitor or local--seeking an alternative to paying escalating gas prices and driving on the Bay Area's busy streets and highways, "Getting There" is the way to go.
For 11 years the Common Murre Restoration Project has been restoring seabird colonies on a small seastack known as Devil's Slide Rock, on the San Mateo County coast just 15 miles south of San Francisco. The Devil's Slide breeding colony held close to 3,000 Common Murres (Uria aalge) as recently as the early 1980s, but was wiped out as a result of human-caused mortality.
First, the bad news: Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol have closed U.S. Highway 1 between Pacifica and Montara indefinitely, due to two "slip-outs" in the road. But the good news is that our Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is still easily accessible from the North and East Bays via Highway 92 (from the south, Highway 1 remains open). Even better, for those in the know this is a rare opportunity to enjoy Montara and Half Moon Bay without the usual tourist crowds!
California will provide the stunning backdrop for the inaugural Amgen Tour of California, a professional cycling race modeled after the Tour de France. From Feb. 19 to 26, 16 teams from around the world will compete across 600 miles of scenic California roadway from San Francisco to Redondo Beach.