Just north of San Fransisco lies Muir Woods National Monument, a beautiful preserve of old growth Redwood trees. Muir Woods reminded me of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver. Preserves like these offer great learning opportunities for the public, allowing them access to the forrest, no matter their experience or ability. It's especially nice for families with young kids who are able to see, touch, and read all about the different kinds of trees and how the forrest grows. The downside? A walk in these forrest aren't free, admissions can add up. There is a very obvious human presence in the groves, so you're dealing with crowds and noise, and as a result there are fewer animals to be seen (other than squirrel and human). That said, Eve was able to spot a couple of dear with her Nan and Pop while Luke, Todd and I took one of the upper trails. If you're ambitious and come prepared for a hike, there are paths here that will take you over rougher terrain and into more secluded areas of the forrest. Unfortunately for us, Eve isn't quite ready for all the climbing. We mostly stuck to the main path, read all the plaques and enjoyed our time together in Muir Woods. Here are a few pictures of our morning.
For those of us who are fascinated by alternative dwellings, a trip to the San Francisco Bay area isn't complete without a visit to the unique Sausalito House Boat community of Marin County.
You may have heard of the 17 Mile Drive. This famous costal route takes you along a toll road between Pacific Grove and Carmel by the Sea, through the affluent gated community of Pebble Beach.
National Parks Service "Find Your Park" Campaign