Entries tagged with “Marin: Land of sunshine and rainbows”.


It was supposed to be a warm, sunny day.

We had slathered on the sunscreen and filled the Camelbaks up to capacity. The weather forecast said 68 and sunny throughout Marin.

But as we approached it, the bridge was wreathed in fog. And as we started up Mt. Tam to Pan Toll Ranger Station, the fog got thicker. And thicker. And then it started to drip rain in spurts. And the fog was so thick you could barely see 50 feet up the road.

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The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance: 9 miles
The CityGirls rating: 9

Our good friend TheSailor came to visit just after the new year and wanted a hike to the ocean that wasn’t too hilly. We didn’t have to think too far back for just the right trail, so off we went to Point Reyes to revisit the Bear Valley trail and Arch Rock.

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The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance: 9 miles
The CityGirls rating: 8

The ocean was calling to us last month.

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The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance:
5.2 miles
The CityGirls rating:
8

On a warm, sunny early summer day, we revisited Alpine Lake in the foothills of Mt. Tam. When we hiked this in late February last year, the highlight of the hikes was all the wildflowers, especially the Fetid Adder’s Tongue.

In early June, it’s a whole different hike, with dragonflies darting back and forth across the trail, the sun beating down, and an acrobatic troupe of ducks performing synchronized dive routines.

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We were heading up to Fairfax to see some friends, so we figured we’d get a bit of a nature fix while we were in Marin.

We kept driving on Sir Francis Drake Blvd past Fairfax to where it ends at Point Reyes Station, then continued west into Point Reyes National Seashore.

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The Seashore is beautiful and quite big: Limantour Beach, our destination, was more than 15 miles from where we entered the park. But it was a lovely day for a drive, and we had some great glimpses of the ocean between the hills along the way.

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