January 17

Marin Headlands and Rodeo Beach

On a very warm (warm for January) sunny Saturday, we head out around noon toward San Francisco just past the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. Traffic on our ride up was heavy so we expected a lot of people, but parking wasn't too bad along the road up to the top of the hill. We had extraordinary views, the warm winds were calm, the oceans were flat, we couldn't asked for a more perfect day. At the top of the hill we climbed up the old military bunkers for the best views. We then drove down to the Point Bonita Lighthouse and walked out toward the end of the trail, but we didn't wait in line to actually enter the light house (long line!). Then we hopped into our car and out to Rodeo Beach just up along the coast. There were many cars there and we had to park in the overflow. I've never seen so many people at this beach, but it was the perfect day. We headed back into the city and toward Union Street, where we had a nice Italian dinner at Luisa’s Cafe before heading back home.


A panorama picture of the Golden Gate and San Francisco taken from the top hill at Marin Headlands.
  • Toby and I stop mid way up the road to take some pictures.

  • Alan with a ray of sunlight on his chest.

  • A stylized view of San Francisco.

  • Toby at the top of the hill on a clear day.

  • Alan at top of the hill on a warm Saturday in January.

  • Fwee! Alan on top of the old military bunker.

  • Toby along the path heading to Point Bonita.

  • Inside the tunnel which leads to Point Bonita.

  • The cute Point Bonita Lighthouse.

  • One of th bridges that head out toward the Point.

  • On our way back. Toby in the tunnel.

  • A perfect day at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.

  • Toby on a bluff overlooking the beach.

  • Alan on the same bluff overlooking the beach.

  • We have dinner at Luisa's on Union Street.

  • Note all the Chianti bottles hung on the ceiling.