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Old Posted Jun 4, 2008, 6:17 PM
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Marin, pt 2: Larkspur & Mill Valley

Initially, I was a little irritated that the day I decided to go to Marin and take photos, it started out all foggy and cold. But, I think it perfectly represents what this part of the Bay Area is like most of the time. Besides, while not the best for pictures, I love foggy days!

Larkspur (pop 11,746)



Mount Tamalpais



The Larkspur ferry to SF



If you squint, you can see Oakland

























A little Bay Area wild life on the prowl



Oh, hello...





This is a beast...and typical of Marin County, build wherever you can











The building to the left is San Quentin Prison



Let's head downtown





































Possibly the worst downtown street front I've ever seen...



No better from this angle















Just a quiet residential street









Mill Valley, CA (pop 13,600)

I've been to Mill Valley many times, usually for lunch after spending the day in Muir Woods, but, I never knew it had an actual downtown. Especially one so active and charming in an old European style.















































































Sorry for the cruddy quality, my car's windshield needed cleaning, but, the high school looked really neat.

















Next stop...Sausalito



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Old Posted Jun 4, 2008, 6:52 PM
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Ahhhh...very serene
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Old Posted Jun 6, 2008, 6:05 AM
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Thanks stepper. I was hoping you'd get to Marin sometime soon.

Marin County is a place of small, quaint downtowns and Mill Valley's is right up there. It's a little more on the upscale side as far as the majority of shops, but still a great place to spend the day. And the Mill Valley Market, which you shot, makes a great sandwich if you can wait to get it (long lines).

As for the weather, parts of Mill Valley can be as cold and foggy as certain neighborhoods of the city. But Larkspur is generally pleasant and warm. If it's foggy there, it's socked in pretty much everywhere. Typically, the fog will be rolling into the FiDi when I leave work and it will be sunny and 5-10 degrees warmer when I get off the boat in Larkspur. Same with the mornings. Most mornings when I leave (around 6:30) there is no fog in Larkspur, except when the marine layer is particularly deep. It does get pretty windy though.

One note of trivia: that trestle you shot used to cross over Sir Francis Drake (that part has been demolished). This was the spot Clint Eastwood jumped onto the school bus in the climax of Dirty Harry. The old mill where he finally killed the bad guy is now Larkspur Landing, which is in several of your photos (the fountains, etc).
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Nice set of photos, look like a very pleasant area.
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Nice photos. The towns look nice & quaint.
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Old Posted Aug 18, 2008, 10:21 PM
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How did I miss this it is beautiful! Thanks
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