In Marin / conversation
Is there some hidden gem out at Point Reyes
that visitors now overlook? Deb: clem
Miller’s gravesite. clem was the congressman
who really worked to establish Point reyes as
a national park. it’s an extraordinarily beautiful site and rarely visited. His little headstone
is off-trail, right above arch rock. there’s
a gorgeous coastal view and you can see the
Farallones; staff at the visitor center can tell
you how to get there.
What’s your favorite way to get around
Marin? Deb: We have one of those electric
bikes, which we use to do our shopping or to
take cal to day care. it’s got a child seat for
him and big saddlebags in the back. cal calls
the bike Poppy cat because it’s bright orange.
We’re in bike love.
What’s the funniest Marin moment you’ve
had — when you both looked at each other
and said, “Wow, we’re in California now”?
Ken: When we first came here, we took our son
to that park behind Bacich elementary school,
with the incredible play structure and a button you can push and a waterfall comes down,
and there’s a giant sandbox, and there’s also a
sign that says: “no organized Play allowed.”
it makes sense — let the kids be creative and
inventive — but you don’t see many signs like
that in america. Deb: that was a Facebook
post for our friends across the country.
What about the hypocrisy factor in Marin —
the people who go to Good Earth, put their
organic food in cloth bags, and then drive it
home in a Range Rover? Ken: our theory at
e WG is, don’t beat people up over an issue
like that if we’re getting them to make the
small commitments. We’ll take those small
wins and expand from there. Maybe these
same people are thinking about their next
car and that they’d like it to do better on
mileage, or maybe they’ll try to break the
bike out every so often. We’d rather give
them a sense of winning and being successful as environmentalists than beating
them up. none of us — well, not most of us
— is doing all that we can do. Deb: also, i’d
hate to apply the word hypocrisy to Marin
because there are so many bonus points for
what the county is doing right.