23 March 2013

I’m in San Francisco for a friend’s birthday party. While that’s the main purpose of my trip, it’s been a wonderful way to get to see other friends who live up here. Today, two friends and I spent a good part of the day at Muir Beach in Marin County. We tried to go to Muir Woods to walk among the redwoods, but we couldn’t get within a few miles of the place, so we ended up at Muir Beach. It was one of those happy accidents. Muir Beach is a part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The cove and lagoon are stunning in their ragged coastline and the proximity of the ocean to the lush, green pine trees. 

We’d planned to hike in the Muir Woods, but instead we hiked here on trail that led to a ridge that overlooks the Pacific. Leading up to the ocean is Redwood Creek, which is home to salmon and may be the clearest, cleanest creek water I’ve ever seen. 

The Beach is undergoing a restoration project to restore the creek, tidal lagoon and wetlands to their natural functions. $10 seems a very small price to pay for the joy Muir Beach gave me today. 

On a little side note, part of “Memoirs of a Geisha” were filmed at Muir Beach. 

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