On Marcia’s last day with us on the West Coast, we dipped down toward San Francisco in the Marin County area just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This area includes Sausalito and Tiburon on the water and Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands, way above the water. First stop: the Headlands.
The top of the headlands had a military installation during World War II, with men stationed to watch for naval threats on the Pacific or aerial threats approaching San Francisco. Remnants of the battlements are still there, but the hilltop is now primarily a bird-watching spot for hawks, a viewing spot for the Golden Gate Bridge, and a destination for hill-climbing bicyclists.
The bridge is spectacular from every vantage point. Some stats: It was built in 1933 at a cost of $35 million. Eleven men died during construction, but 19 other survived after being caught in safety nets set up under the area of construction. (They became members of the Half Way to Hell Club.)
More stats: The bridge is 245 feet above the bay. So tempting to cross over, but we waited…for now.
Great views from the Spinnaker restaurant in Sausalito.
There are yachts here.
A few days later we headed on the same route. We passed Tomales Bay and saw oystering similar to Tim Henry’s Great Bay Oysters in New Hampshire.
It’s a very different logo.
We climbed to the Marin Headlands for views of the bridge again. What a difference a day makes!