Snow in Marin

We have been living in Marin for 8 years, and today was the first time we had a little snow. I just had to get out and decided to drive to Pierce Point Ranch to show the place to my mom, who is visiting.

Driving through Lucas Valley, we see snow on the top of the hills there. What a weird sight for this area, what is the world coming to?

Next stop - the Point Reyes shipwreck. I have many images of this shipwreck, but never surrounded by this much water

On the way out to Pierce Point Ranch, we stop because there is a huge flock of Tule Elks beside the road. The tule elk is one of two subspecies of elk native to California. Tule elk once inhabited the grasslands of the Point Reyes peninsula and the Olema Valley, as well as other grasslands within Marin County. 

Our final destination was Pierce Point Ranch, a place I have visited many times now. But today I learned that Danish, Italien and Eastern European immigrants had worked here. I love how you always learn new things every day.

Getaway to Mendocino

With its dramatic ocean-bluff setting overlooking a steel-blue sea, this coastal hamlet is an obvious magnet for artists, romantics, and lovers of anything wild and untamed. Mendocino is a coastal community in northern California. It's known for the cliffside trails and beaches of Mendocino Headlands State Park.

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This tucked-away village wasn’t always so charmingly peaceful: during the height of the logging boom in the mid- to late-1800s, Mendocino bustled with people and commerce, a thriving port filled with lively hotels and saloons. Now, luxurious B&Bs welcome you to curl up by the fire; restaurants serve just-caught seafood and local organic wines, and galleries beckon with artwork and quality handcrafts.

We had one night stay at a renovated water tower, which was very authentic and cute. Mendocino is well know for it’s water towers, which is still in use and provide the village with water.

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Included was a breakfast basket, which arrived at our doorstep 8:30. We brought it with us to the beach and enjoyed a delicious breakfast overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean.

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Bowling Ball Beach

On the way back to Mill Valley, we stopped at Bowling Ball Beach which is a part of Schooner Gulch State Beach. It looks as though the beach has been scattered with oversized bowling balls. Almost perfectly spherical, stones like these have caused wild speculation, with answers from aliens to dinosaurs.

Best observed at low tide, the so-called bowling balls are actually a geological phenomena known as “concretion”, sedimentary rock formed by a natural process wherein mineral cements bind grains of sand or stone into larger formations. These boulders are the result of millions of years of concretion and erosion, exposing the hard spheres as the mudstone of the cliffs receded around them.

Hike to Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls is one of the most popular falls trails in Marin County within the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a great hike with scattered cascading waterfalls along the entirety of the trail.

The falls are reached either from the Cataract Trail starting from Bolinas Fairfax Road, just past Alpine Lake, or from the Rock Spring Trailhead above the Falls. It was an easy hike.

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Returning to Bolinas Fairfax Road we found a quiet place, all to our self, and enjoyed the always breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, the wildlife and each others company.

Carmel by-the-sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, about 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco, Carmel is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including Herbert Heron, founder of the Forest Theater, bohemian writer and actor Perry Newberry, and actor-director Clint Eastwood.

We are very fortunate to have friends with a house in this beautiful place. We headed down from Mill Valley early Saturday morning, so we could enjoy as much of the day as possible outdoors.

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The weather was sunny and warm and we took their ocean kayak down to the nearby private beach. We had this gem all to ourself, we explored the little cove, played with the hollow, long, tubelike kelp.

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Everyone need to get clean after our trip to the beach, some more than others. We ended a perfect day, with a perfect sunset over the Pacific ocean, in the company of good friends, and stunning sunset videos on social media for the younger generation.

Angel Island

Sunday October 14th was our 18th anniversary. We decided to visit Angel Island together with my father-in-law who are visiting from Denmark. To get to this hidden gem, we took a ferry from Tiburon. Many people brings bike (only $1 ekstra), but we wanted to hike to the top and experience the breathtaking 360 degree views of the bay area: San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Richmond Bridge, Tiburon, Sausalito and more.

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Our hike was amazing and easy. Your total assent is 788ft (280m), but it happens gradually over 3m (5km). In total we hiked about 5m (8.5km) with amazing views most of the time. If you haven’t been yet, or only biked Angel Island, give your self the opportunity to visit this little paradise on earth.

Portland Rose Garden

A couple of weeks ago we went to Portland Oregon for a weekend. We have been there before, so we have our favorite places to visit. One of them is the Rose Garden Test Center. There are so many roses, and also people to studie. This is just a few of the photos I took while visiting the Rose Garden.

This time we visit there was 3 people blowing bubbles, and I LOVE bubbles as much as these kids do.

Dias Ridge Trail

Today I hiked together with Philippe my father in law to Muir Beach. The weather was amazing, sunny, high temperature and good company. We ended up at the beach with ginger cookies and our feet in the cold ocean. 

Pacific Sunset

These days my father in law is visiting from Denmark. We try to go diffrent places, it’s often places he has already been, but it’s okay cause we always have new things to talk about. Yesterday was such a nice day, and we decided to go to Mt. Tam and watch the sunset over the Pacific. It was such a beautiful sunset and I feel like there is not much that gets better than that. Afterwords we drove to Stinson to have dinner at Parkside Café, and it was a perfect way to end an amazing day.

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