Days 7 & 8 - Muirs Woods and Lands End

Trip Start Mar 13, 2013
Trip End Apr 13, 2013

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Glen Park
What I did
Muir Woods National Monument Mill Valley
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The highlight of today was our visit to Muir's Woods. We got our very strong, large coffee for the day at Peet's on the Wharf and caught the ferry over to Sausalito, where we walked for a bit, then found the Tourist Info Center and asked about getting to Muir's Woods. Back in San Fran the tours were heftily priced at $70-$80. The lovely woman in the Centre told us that later in the season regular local buses go up for about $6 return. Reluctantly she told us about an outside operator that charges $16 return but counselled us against using them - highway robbery! Was there any other way for us to see Muir's Woods, today? we went to book the last bus of the day. Richard took off to catch trains around to Oakland and where ever BART took him.

The woods are about 16 miles or 19 km's north of Sausalito, in Marin County. It is a special place. John Muir was a naturalist and author who lobbied Congress to preserve natural areas as National Parks. He was largely responsible for the National Park bill which passed in 1890 and preserved Yosemite, the first National Park in the USA.

For one photo I hung my large red leather bag on a post in front of a tree for some perspective - there is no way to represent truly how large these beautiful trees are. Funnily enough, this pic is the only evidence I have of ever owning this bag.....we met back at our bus at the designated time, then learned that because it was the last bus of the day, our driver would take anyone from San Fran back there, saving the cost of the ferry. 

Wednesday 20/3/13 - Day 8 and last day in San Fran.

The fog has rolled in again and it's raining. Both Shell and I are running out of room on phones and cameras so this morning we found a copy place in the city, with an office supplies shop just over the road and bought some flash drives so we could unload all our pics and start again. We caught cable cars up to the Cable Car Museum, then the bus for a long trip to Land's End to see The Cliff House. The area around Lands End was beautiful and misty and has the biggest, widest stretch of beach I have ever was a ten minute walk across the sand from footpath to shore! ( I don't actually know that but it could be) There are walking tracks too, but we weren't up for that today.

The history of the Cliff House is fascinating, along with the Sutro Baths, the ruins of which you can see below from the cliff edge.

We had a surprising lunch at Louis' Restaurant on the cliff; it has been owned by the same family since 1947. After careful consideration we all chose a chili burger - you know, when in Rome....the surprise came with our plates; we expected a HAMBURGER, some kind of meat between buns, but with some fiery kind of sauce.
We were quite disconcerted when placed in front of us were plates holding what looked a lot like sloppy chili and beans. On closer inspection we uncovered a sodden bun underneath - ok, a new culinary experience! Different, noice, unusual....loving the fog and the rain.

After reaching home I organised my bags and began to clean up ready for our departure in the early morning.  

* unfortunately I have no photos from this point until our second day on the road (in 6 days time), due to the theft.
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