Just a short drive outside of San Francisco, there is an incredible amount of natural beauty to behold. Perhaps my favorite day of my mom & aunt's visit was our day-trip to Muir Woods (with a stop at Marin Headlands on the way). We rented a car, drove north across the Golden Gate Bridge, and had a dream of a day in the perfect blue-skies weather.
Marin Headlands is the southern most part of the peninsula that's north of San Francisco. It's very hilly & has beautiful views of the bridge & bay. It's amazing that just 15 minutes from my apartment are these dramatic sweeping views of cliffside and sea. There are wildflowers, sea lions, and the windy air smells like the ocean. It is a treasure to me.
|i really love it here.|
We had the place to ourselves and watched the sea lions sunbathe on the rocks below. ps you can click on these photos to view them in larger form if you'd like!
Muir Woods is a 554 acre National Park and home to thousands of ancient Redwood behemoths. It feels like a fictional fairy land complete with a stream, songbirds, and angled light beams shining through the towering trees all lovely like.
This is the only picture I'll share of the trees because it's the only one that even slightly does their size and scale justice. They are breathtaking in person.
When we left Muir Woods, we discussed how we all felt peaceful and relaxed. We read this excerpt by John Muir while there - we liked it and thought it certainly holds a bit of wisdom:
"Keep close to Nature's heart...and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain
or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
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