Despite being just a 30 minute ferry ride from San Francisco, I felt like I was transported back to Italy when I visited Sausalito today. I had been there before, but I think it was just a quick drive through that time. Today, I took the 10AM ferry after enjoying delicious lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow in the Potrero Hill neighborhood. Stepping off the ferry was like stepping into a different world. Gone were the crowds and noise, replaced with hillside homes reminiscent of the Mediterranean and quiet waterfront sidewalks.
Sausalito is a relatively small town, so I grabbed a map and set off on foot to explore. I walked south along the waterfront before finally turning back to town to check out the little shops. I don’t think I’ve ever had Dungeness crab, but it caught my eye on the menu at Scoma’s and I knew it would be the perfect lunch. It actually tastes just like snow crab, and was just as messy, covered in garlic and olive oil. The panoramic view of the bay only made the experience better. After lunch, it was back to the little ice cream shop I had passed for a Hawaii sea salt and caramel cone.
I took the ferry back mid-afternoon and decided it was a good time for a rest at the hotel before heading out again. As you might know, I love the beach, so a trip out to Baker Beach seemed like a good way to end the day. Baker Beach is a great place for late afternoon/sunset pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. I had been there on my last trip to San Francisco and was glad to go back. The beach is about half mile long, but I ended up doing a lot more walking than I was planning on. I walked the length of Baker Beach, including dipping my feet in the Pacific Ocean (brrrrr!), then took the Sand Steps up to the coastal trail. It was only 0.8 miles from there to the Golden Gate Bridge, so I figured, “why not?”. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful walk high up on the cliffs above the crashing waves. Once I reached the bridge I figured I might as well walk on it, so I walked out to the first tower and back. By then I was tired, so I managed to navigate the buses back to my hotel. My three days’ lack of sleep is definitely catching up to me!
Golden Gate Bridge from the Coastal Trail