Checking Things Off: Monterey to Tomales Bay
Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
27Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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We decided to begin the trip with a night in San Francisco. On an earlier trip to San Francisco, we had to bring our puppy Ries and that limited what we could do. We thought we would start the trip by checking some things off our list.
Drive up Highway One from Santa Cruz to San Francisco
In general, the drive was easier than in the Big Sur area, as in many places the road was fairly straight and flat and very little traffic. The most spectacular part of this stretch of the one was north of Half Moon Bay around McKnee Ranch State Park
Sausalito. We have heard wonderful things about this little Mediterranean-like town situated just across the bay from San Francisco. Something about it conjured up images of a sleepy fishing village for us. Instead we arrived into a hubbub of tourists. We drove through the main strip, and after the crowds subsided Mike parked in front of a small almost empty park. Starving we stopped for an un-scenic yet yummy lunch of crackers with chive & herb goat cheese and tomato & basil goat cheese. We then moved the car and walked around. I was quickly realizing that I was very much looking forward to the nature part of this trip. Crowds of tourists were annoying me and I had no interest in the luxury shops. The town definitely had a Mediterranean feel to it, and might have been a nice place to enjoy an overpriced meal at a local café, but it was not what we were in the mood to do
Ferry Building Marketplace. As dogs are not allowed here, this was another missed experience on our previous trip. Inside the ferry terminal are multiple restaurants and shops selling fresh fish, meats, produce, cheese, pastries etc. I walked in and instantly my culinary libido was on overdrive. A whole shop selling different mushrooms. A pork shop with the subtitle “Salty Tasty Pig Parts”. Homemade gelato. Olive oil sampling. My half-glass-empty husband was more annoyed than delighted like me. “This just makes me want to cook and we are so far from a kitchen,” he explained. Not surprisingly we ventured in to a wine store and bar and decided to have a glass. We first split a glass of a yummy Rhone. Then we tried the Barrack Brand Red blend from Happy Canyon. We taste buds danced. Until this point, I had been questioning our decision to stay in San Francisco as we could do that anytime. This glass on wine made it worth it. We finished the evening with a return to China Town to satisfy my husband’s appetite and an early bed time as we wanted an early start.
San Andreas Fault. Point Reyes National Seashore is located about an hour north of San Francisco on Hwy One
Tomales Bay Oysters. When driving from Healdsburg to Point Reyes in the fall, we had passed a very cool looking place on the bay for fresh oysters. We had already eaten lunch, so didn’t stop. As it was lunch time, we pulled over and got a tray of smoked fish and oysters as well as some fresh on the half shell. We sat at a redwood bar right on the water and devoured the delicious meal.
Although we did see several things on our list in a little more than twenty-four hours and we do plan to see a lot on the days ahead, I suspect that we may add more items as we hope to return on a future trip for the things we don’t get to. But to look on the positive side, we may check some things off the list that we weren’t even anticipating. Case in point, just as we were approaching our uncharted stretch of Highway One, we spotted a bald eagle soaring over the majestic landscape. It wasn’t on my list for today, but it was the first time I had seen one. Check.
***There is an post from our first San Francisco trip in this blog.