Taking a walk through a forest full of Redwoods
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September 1st, 2007 – by: madeleine
From Walnut Creek, we took the Richmond Bridge ($4 toll) to cross the bay and to Mill Valley. This was also the same weekend Bay Bridge closed from Friday night through most of Monday (for those who do not live in the bay area, the Bay Bridge is one of the most popular and packed bridges used to get across the water from east-west, vice versa). Total drive time took about an hour since roads were curvy and sometimes narrow once we got closer.
Entrance per person is $3 although I believe it's based on an honor system. No one checked our tickets and there were a lot of people passing through. I let John do all the trail picking since he did most of the research. There were notices posted by the maps letting visitors know which trails were closed and updates on popular trails where popular sites are not available, ex: limited access to views because of fire safety reasons or no view since all the water dried up. There was even a notice about people being stung by YellowJackets - yikes! We avoided that trail :P
The trail we took was fairly easy and didn't require us to hike up too much.
Next, we decided to visit Stinson beach since it was nearby and we have never gone. Along the way we saw a sign for Muir Beach Overlook and turned in to see what was there. It was lovely! We were high above the coast and were able to view Stinson beach. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was just beaming on us. Surprisingly, it wasn't very cold and even the breeze had a warm feel. We walked down the Overlook trail and hung out for a few minutes, taking pictures here and there and taking in the scenery. There was a couple making out at the viewpoint and another couple hidden away in the rocks (I guess not so hidden, hehe).
Since we were able to see Stinson beach from the overlook, our curiosities were satisfied and we decided to head on home for dinner.
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