Cataract Falls, California

Who knew just an hour north of San Francisco, you could see a mirrored lake, and waterfalls and greenery straight out of Oregon?  I highly recommend checking out Cataract Falls, near Mt. Tam, off Bolinas-Fairfax Road.  We did a 7.7 mile hike, combining various trails (although my iPhone seems to think we did closer to ten miles).  Thanks to the recent rain, the waterfalls were pretty amazing, and even had their own paparazzi!

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© Sarah Milstein 2016

 

 

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McClures Beach, Point Reyes

Yesterday, I went on an adventure to Point Reyes with my friend Mara.  We stopped at the visitor’s center and the guide recommended heading 19 miles north in the park towards the Tule Elk Preserve.  She advised us against going if we could see that it was foggy past the first bend, and it was, but we didn’t care–we were committed.  We decided to head to McClures Beach first, which is just down a hill from the trail head for the Tule Elk Preserve.  It’s a very short hike to the beach.  When we got there, it was white out–you could barely differentiate the sky from the water.  We watched the waves crash as did the birds, who squawked every time the tide came near their feet.  We walked to the south end of the beach, climbed through the rocks and discovered a second beach, where we climbed up onto some rocks and ate lunch.  When we came back through the narrow opening, the sun had appeared.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Sutro Baths & Lands End Trail, Part II

I know I’ve posted about the Sutro Baths and the Lands End Trail before, but I’m posting about them again because well, they’re beautiful.  We grabbed brunch at Louis’, and I was pleasantly surprised (okay, shocked) that there was no line for brunch on a Sunday, the food was decent, and it had an amazing view of the Sutro Baths.  I took the first two photos from our table.

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Muir Woods, California

Jude and I went to Muir Woods on our way back from Napa.  There are signs not to talk in the forest, you know, because trees can be so testy when woken.

According to this website, the giant Redwoods there are between 600 and 800 years old.  One of the trees had been splayed open for visitors, so that you could count the rings.  A little girl standing next to us counted the thicker white rings and said, “Mommy, that tree is only four years old!”  Clearly, a future arborist.

For more information about planning a visit to Muir Woods, click here.

By the way, while I did edit these photos slightly, the trees really were that green!

Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley, California 94941

© Sarah Milstein 2014