Pacific Tides
My name is Thomas Sturm and I'm a programmer, photographer and writer.

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Hill 88

Hill 88 is an abandoned Nike missile control center high up in the Marin Headlands near San Francisco.

I'm a regular visitor of this place on my hikes across from the ocean to the bay, and on a recent visit the place was shrouded in fog. It was a cold and drizzly Sunday and I had the place all to myself, only adding to the desolation.


There is always something special about visiting abandoned sites like this - filled with the ghosts of a past that is visibly slipping away, a steady reminder that nothing of our physical presence, not even concrete and steel, will survive for more than a few generations.

And I'm certainly not alone with this fascination for crumbly concrete - there are hundreds of well-photographed sites out there about abandonded and forbidden places. Check out for many links to urban exploration...


You can also find my post about Hill 88 on MapSkip!

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