Above is the view from Mount Tamalpais, with a hiking trail bisecting the uphill climb from a descending slope leading to the Pacific Ocean as it meets Stinson Beach. Having been followed thousands of times, its clear indentation leads off to a thicket protecting the sandy shoreline from any western influences while simultaneously containing the shoreline much like a teacup holds boiling water. Although appearing fresh, the walkway is worn, yet aging gracefully from decades of use.
For those living along the northern San Francisco Bay, the following might be interesting. It is an excerpt from the raw transcript that is my current work. It reflects an era in Sausalito history that will never return, despite the still very-active voice of the 86-year old man who shared the story of the first home he owned with young love with me.
“Sausalito is a beautiful Italian cove right off of the Golden Gate Bridge with a little road that bears off down and goes down a steep hill. It looks like an Italian city on the Mediterranean shore because it’s right on the San Francisco Bay. It is a spectacular place that was still a Portuguese village in ‘50s, in a sense, anyway. There was no development at the time, and we wanted to buy there but it was so expensive! A house on the water was $12,000.00, and who could afford that then (laughs). Nothing there is that cheap now! We looked around, and Mill Valley is the next town. It has a mountain called Mount Tamalpais- named after an Indian princess- and you can go halfway or three-quarters of the way up one side of the mountain and then go down on the other side to Stinson Beach and the ocean. We lived on Highway 1, which is called the Panoramic Highway, which was really spectacular since we looked over the whole North Bay [and] watched them build the Richmond Bridge. We were there for about ten years. But it was cheap there, about $4,500.00 for a one-bedroom house with a guest house. Before the war, the Germans and the Swiss all took the ferry to Sausalito and then took the train to Tamalpais, where they’d spend the weekends camping and hiking. They also built little weekend cabins, which was exactly what we bought. (Smacks lips) There weren’t any trains that went up there, but it was beautiful.”
Matt Davis, “Mt Tamalpais State Park – Pantoll Ranger Station,” The Pro Trails Website. Viewed 3/14/15 Link: http://www.protrails.com/trail/352/san-francisco-marin-headlands-mt-tamalpais-point-reyes-matt-davis-trail-to-stinson-beach