Marin Headlands (GGNRA)

30 May 2004

Rebecca, Casey, and I took a somewhat leisurely ramble around the headlands on Sunday. The weather was nearly perfect, kept pleasant by a light offshore fog and a breeze (a stiff wind down at sea level, but just a pleasant breeze up on the hills). We spent plenty of time looking at the views, ate snacks, and Casey and I even took a brief nap at one point.

We started out with a walk/scramble down to one of the beaches, then back up, and along the bluffs out to the lighthouse, stopping at some of the bunkers along the way.

The walk out to the lighthouse was as stunning as it always is, with views down to sea lions on one of the rocks just offshore, plenty of sailboats, cool rocks, etc. We also got the extra surprise of a seagull laying an egg right in front of us (a couple of pictures of that; first time I've seen a gull egg up close).

Leaving the lighthouse, we went over to Cronkite Beach, seeing quite a few pelicans along the way; a flight left the lagoon, flying just below and in front of us, as we descended to the beach.

We finished up walking along the north side of Rodeo lagoon, and up through the former ranking officers quarters, then up the hillside to the road not far from our starting point.

A mighty fine day was had by all. We're thinking that someday we might try for a tougher hike, and head north on over to Tennessee Valley...

 

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