|Cloudy start to our estate tour! The dog is Jasper, annihilator of sticks.|
|Sunny by noon!|
|Top left is my favorite piece in the Hess, "The Metamorphosis;" Barrel Room and more art.|
|Close up of my birthday flowers :) and Oxbow Market|
The road to the Mt Tam Peak is long but nice in that it eliminates that long walking part that some people don't like about hiking. There's a 0.7 mile loop trail that gets a person to the summit so we all went on that. There were some grumblings at the top about why the lookout tower wasn't open (grumble, grumble) but the views were magnificent and I think overall, we were pretty happy we went for the hike. Someone did point out that the views from the parking lot were about the same as the ones from the top though (One gues- Dad!).
Then we headed back down the mountain to Muir Woods. My National Park Pass got us in for free (yay!) and we went on the 1 mile boardwalk loop that took us past three distinct groves and several other Sequoia sempervirens. It's pretty amazing and I'm glad we went to Muir Woods on the way back rather than add more time by going to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The trees in Armstrong are larger and the area is slightly less tamed (aka, no boardwalk) but sometimes, it's nice to avoid too much car time.
|Mt Tam and the Golden Gate!|
We were all pretty tired when we got home but we splurged on dessert and shared some Dolce wine before going to bed. It was the perfect end to a day!