Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hippie Tree

My parents and sister came to visit a few weeks ago when my mom had a last-minute education policymaker’s conference in Tiburon. I didn’t think I would get to see them while I was pregnant, so it was a really nice surprise. I wish I could say I was the best host ever, but that would be an enormous lie. I can, however, truthfully say that family took really good care of me while they were here even though I did absolutely nothing to deserve it.

We went on two minor excursions while they were here: one old-time favorite (Ike's and the Pulgas Water Temple), and one new adventure. Our new excursion together was in Tiburon, where my mom’s conference was. Tiburon is pretty charming. It’s right on the water, and it has a really old-timey, small town (admittedly, an incredibly wealthy small town) feel to it. Like, as you’re walking down Main Street you can smell the buttered popcorn for the matinee at the teeny movie theatre and the waffle cones being made at the ice cream parlor. Darling. We had lunch out on the bay at Sam’s Anchor Café, and then drove up into the hills.

The quickest path to the Hippie Tree is a fire road right across from 100 Gilmartin Drive, and it’s a five-minute walk from the street. There is an incredible view of both downtown SF and the Golden Gate Bridge. I can’t decide if it’s my favorite view of San Francisco, but it’s completely unique compared to any of the overlooks of the city that I have been to so far. We had the place to ourselves most of the time. It was beautiful and peaceful, and it’s a memory with my family that I’ll always love. My dad found a geocache, we took some pictures, AND when my parents helped me I eventually lifted my pregnant body up into the swing, which was fun. 


p.s. A BIG thank you to Lauren for tipping me off to this place a few weeks ago. I'd never even heard of this place before.

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