Back to San Francisco
What an exciting game; England win the match, beating New Zealand comprehensively. The other news is the rapidly growing fires in Sonoma. Roads north of Petaluma are closed and people are being evacuated from many of the wine regions.
The car is packed and we set off south back to Wick and Val’s. The farm shop is our first stop for more of those delicious tomatoes. Oh no! I still have the house key for Dave’s, so we have to turn around and drive back. Hopefully they won’t have put out the banners celebrating our departure!
We hit the highway, heading to Marin County and come off at the exit for Sausalito. This city is on the bay across the Golden Gate Strait from San Francisco. What a pretty typical seaside place. The main street is along the shore line which has a large marina and groups of houseboats, built by artist squatters after WWII. Many of which have been renovated and are now permanent dwellings or holiday rentals. We wander along down by the water among both the yachts and the houseboats.
Ferry’s leave the small terminal towards the Embarcadero in San Francisco and beyond. This area is bustling with people, pedestrians and cyclists. A 1-minute walk from the ferry terminal, on one side of the square is the Mission-style Sausalito boutique hotel which was built in 1915. Marcus treats us to coffee and cakes. I choose apple strudel which is flaky and sweet.
We window shop whilst walking back to the car on the main street. Calling at the bank we are surprised to find the ATM decorated with cobwebs and skulls, they certainly take Halloween seriously here.
Driving south along the coast we make our way to the Marin Headlands up in the hills above the bay. Driving down the winding Conzelman Road we are presented with the most fantastic views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Photos are taken at view points along the route and we pull off at the Battery Spencer Trail, just above the Golden Gate Bridge. This Battery was part of the harbour defence of San Francisco from 1897 to 1942. It now lies in ruins; however, the trail leads to the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Although windy we spend time at the point making the most of the clear weather to appreciate the views.
Crossing the bridge, we drive along the coast passing Baker and China beach to Ocean beach. Parking we go down onto the beach and Marcus has a paddle; the water is freezing. Being Saturday, the beach is heaving with families enjoying the sun.
Arriving at Wick’s we find a full house. Relatives have spent the afternoon making costumes for Halloween; I am to be the 3 of hearts playing card! Layla the dog has a lobster costume, it really is mad!! We can’t wait to experience this years October 31st.