San Francisco has long been considered the crown jewel of the Bay Area for tourists, but 25 miles to the south the sleepy coastal town of Montara is an exquisite destination, and the journey to get there is equally breathtaking.
Visitors to San Francisco during summer are often surprised to find cool and foggy weather. Where's that famous California sunshine?
Just a few miles north of the city, the Marin Headlands is a superb spot to escape the hustle and bustle. As a bona fide urbanite, I was curious to find out what hikers, bikers, and bird-watchers have relished for years. In two days, I discovered that San Francisco's backyard offers much more to the intrepid visitor than iconic Golden Gate Bridge snapshots.
Spring has sprung, and at Audubon Canyon Ranch near Stinson Beach, that means the 100 pairs of great egrets and great blue herons which nest there are starting to mate and lay eggs. It also means the wildlife preserve is opening to the public for their visiting season, March 20 - July 11.