Sunday, February 26, 2012

the marin headlands

One of the best things about living in San Francisco is how easy it is to drive a few miles and feel as though you don't live in a city at all. 

On Saturday, Daniel and I packed up our picnic basket (a birthday gift from him to me a few years ago) and drove out to Marin. As a pre-lunch bit of exercise, we decided to go for a hike out by Fort Cronkhite.

There are a number of lovely hiking trails and we ended up choosing the Miwok trail that takes you from the lagoon, up through the hills and then winds along Rodeo beach. 

From certain vantage points, there are views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city in the distance.

We also spent some time walking through the old bunkers that pepper the hillside like gopher holes. 

There is some creative graffiti.

After our hike, we hopped back in the car and went searching for a suitable picnic spot. Daniel had the idea  to drive down to the grassy fields at Cavallo Point and it was the perfect choice. There were families with kites and dogs running around in the grass. Daniel ended up sharing his glass of water with a friendly jack russell terrier named Callie. We spread out our picnic and enjoyed the view.

We had a green salad, wedges of leftover cauliflower tart, and a half bottle of Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by chocolate chip cookies for dessert. It felt wonderful to lie out and absorb the sun like sponges.

It's hard to top a good picnic, especially one with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. We're awfully lucky to live here.

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