The month of July was an extraordinary one for me in the real estate world. Great things resulted from the long hours, but a planned one-night get away had to be postponed. This week we finally had the chance to head on our short adventure.
Day One: This car-less adventure saw us head out the door with overnight backpacks, over North Beach with a stop at our friend's cafe (Pat's Cafe) for a leisurely breakfast and then down to Pier 41where a ferry boat took us across the bay to Sausalito via Angel Island and Tiburon.
From there, we walked up the hill along the pretty roads until we came to the Morning Sun Trail (don't you love that name?) which lead us up staircases and trails to the Marin Headlands. After a bit of lunch, we hiked down to Tennessee Valley, up another ridge and then down to Muir Beach and our destination for the night: The Pelican Inn. After a much appreciated shower, dinner at the Inn was devoured by us hungry hikers, and an early night in a soft bed with the window thrown open wide put the final touches on the Day One.
Day Two: Waking early, we strolled the very short way to Muir Beach, enjoyed dipping our toes in the chilly water, appreciating the beauty of the beach access across the lagoon.
After a hearty English breakfast it was time to hit the trails again. First we walked along pretty Redwood Creek trail , then switchbacks took us up, up, up the Heather Cut-Off Trail (first picture) and up some more on the Coastal View Trail. Arriving at the intersection of the Dipsea Trail, we then headed down the Dipsea steps and trail to the town of Stinson Beach.
Not many years ago I would have found this to be two easy days of hiking. Now, either my legs and lungs are older or the hills are steeper! In any case, the magnificent panoramas of City, bay, Pacific Ocean and mountains were still as rewarding as ever.
As we approached Stinson Beach on the last mile of trail, the thought of a cold margarita, happy hour and dinner before catching the bus to take us back to San Francisco beckoned us to keep up the pace.
Home again after two glorious days, tired and happy, and ready to face the world and obligations.