In the 60s, Sausalito was a funky little freak town where artsy people lived on house boats on the water - apparently Shell Silverstien was a resident. However as more and more money poured into the bay area, Sausalito has been built up and now, in order to live in the new part of town, you must have more money than God.
The new part is a cute little town built on the side of a large hill with all sorts of boutique shops and restaurants. Seems like everything around the bay is built on the side of a hill. It sits right on the water looking out at the Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco skyline.
We walked along the water and took pictures (you look out of place if you're NOT taking pictures), and then climbed some steps up into the residential area of town to have a look around. There are all sorts of houses there, with just about every architectural style represented, and just about every one has a million dollar view.
One house even had an outdoor elevator on a track that would lift you up from street level so you didn't have to climb the stairs. Rick called soon to let us know that he was done with the doctor so we headed back down to the main drag to meet him.
On the drive back to his work we passed by all the shacks and little leftover houseboats back in the old section of town - definitely a different feel from the pomp and flare we had just witnessed.
Next we got a personal tour of the Harborside Health Club from the purchasing manager of the facility himself (Rick). Amazing. The club is a medicinal marijuana dispensary licensed by the city of Oakland. Along with medicinal marijuana sales, the club offers acupuncture, herbal treatments, yoga, and all other kinds of therepy. The first things you notice upon entering the Harborside Health Club are the guards and the metal detector. Security is no joke there, and there are even doors with biometric thumbprint scanners on them. The largest room in the facility is like a bank lobby. There is a long counter with several glass cases displaying the different forms of marijuana people can purchase. Differnet kinds from differnet growers, cookies, brownies - even rice krispie treats laced with marijuana are available. People patiently wait to meet with someone working behind the counter and then make their purchase. Rick is the purchasing manager, so his job is to meet with clients that want him to buy their product. When we walked through the waiting room (the door to which has one of the aforementioned thumbprint scanners) there were about a dozen people sitting in chairs awaiting the opportunity to show Rick their goods. There are a lot of people out there that make a living selling marijuana illegally. I'm very proud of my brother for turning that concept upside-down and figuring out a way to make a living purchasing marijuana legally.
We borrowed Rick's car for the rest of the day and headed back past Sausalito north to Muir Woods Park - drive that culminated with some extremely windy switchbacks up a mountain. I had never seen a redwood tree before - they are very impressive.
We hiked around in the park for a few hours, and learned a bit about redwoods by reading the posted informational signs and listening to a park employee for a bit. I was happy to get some good walking in on my new trail shoes since I had been a little worried about how they would work out for me in hiking situations.
My shoes held up find and the scenery was great; we even hiked up the "Ocean View Trail" to get a view, however there was a little too much haze to see the ocean very well. We left the park a little after 5 and headed south toward San Francisco to meet up with Canice - a friend of ours from Baltimore who moved to the area about 3 years ago.
Actually, we didn't really know that we were heading into San Francisco until we saw that we were about to go over the Golden Gate Bridge (we had missed an exit on 101). We hadn't finalized our plans with Canice at that point, so we were happy when he called and
confirmed our plans, as well as gave us outstanding directions on how to get where we were going - before he called we were just cluelessly heading down Lombard Street. We met up with him at the Tunnel Top bar, had a few beers and talked about what we've all been up to for the past 3 years, and then we made tenative plans to meet up in Chinatown the following day sometime. A quick stop at a nearby taqueria and then we were back in the car to go pick Rick up from work and head home for the night.
Total Expenses for Day 2: $70.75
Coffee, bagel, cinnimon roll: $6.85
Richmond Bridge toll: $4
Muir Park Entrance Fee: $10
Golden Gate Bridge toll: $5
2 beers at the Tunnel Top (w/ tip): $8
Parking garage next to Tunnel Top: $4
Burrito and 2 fish tacos: $14
2 six packs of beer (for Rick's house): $18.90 (ouch)
On Friday we woke up at Rick's house, showered and puttered around until Rick had to leave for a doctor's appointment. The appointment was in Sausalito, and at Rick's suggestion, we went along for the ride and explored the area a little bit.