marine mammal center & point bonita lighthouse

I look forward to my weekends. They pretty much get me through the work week. This past weekend, I thought it would be fun to gallivant around Golden Gate National Park. (Yes, Teresa and Ann, I went some place exciting over the weekend, haha.) I’ve been there many times before, but I wanted to go more specifically to see the Marin Headlands; that part was unfamiliar to me.

I’m so glad we went because I had a great time soaking up some sun and getting some fresh air. First stop, we went to the Marine Mammal Center. It was heart-wrenching to see all of those sea mammals sick and injured due to human stupidity, but it was also heart-warming to see that they were being cared for by some of the best marine biologists in the area. Each mammal (usually elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions) gets their own confinement area with a deep wading pool; it’s basically a hospital for sea mammals where they recover before being released back into the wild.

After checking out this center, we thought it would be fun to hike out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. We had heard so many wonderful things about this place that we put it on our must-see list. Here’s a glimpse of our hike over the weekend:

If you’re ever North of San Francisco, I suggest checking out this hidden gem. It’s beautiful. Bring sunscreen though because you can easily get baked on this short hike. Oh, and make sure to go early because parking can get crowded. There’s an additional parking lot about 1/2 mile from the trail head; that’s where we parked, and the walk to the actual trail head wasn’t far at all.

PS: Sean and Nat, I can’t wait.



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19 responses to “marine mammal center & point bonita lighthouse

  1. Nice to see the Americas cup from afar. Sailing here I come!

    How is one supposed to get grandma and granny there? I supposed that’s why God let mankind invent wheelbarrows. Perfect for transporting the elderly we love. =P

  2. I still like my wheelbarrow option.

  3. No old people allowed! 😉 Wheelbarrows are good. Or perhaps Segways?

  4. Sean

    An ATV probably won’t make it through the tunnels. I think the wheelbarrow option may be the way to go. Either that or an entrance similar to the Queen’s at the Olympics. That’s what Uncle Jesse did on his wedding day but he landed in a tomato truck and subsequently in jail. Can you imagine Nanay and Grandma in jail?

  5. Yes because they are such bandits.

    • Yeah. One jaywalked across the street to get to church. And the other one stashed crackers underneath her bed. Yup, hardcore bandits.

  6. Last I checked, one broke off the head of Jesus and asked you repair it with super glue.

  7. mjmarmo

    You always hike at the coolest places!

  8. Emily w

    Great photos Sarah. Looks so pretty.

  9. bethie8

    It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I was stuck inside this past weekend because if tropical storm Isaac. Let’s just the kids were not happy.

  10. Great pics Sarah! I especially love the one of you and Gloria. We were just in San Francisco for 3 days…and well as the saying goes…I totally left my heart. 3 days is just not enough.

  11. Teresa

    Totally awesome pictures. Sarah all this hiking, good for you, next it will be 5k runs or something equally healthy.. (HA!!) That bridge looks really narrow and the bottom is way, way down there. I think I will just sit under a nice shady tree and wait for you to finish all that hiking and climbing..

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  13. Doris

    The GGNRA sponsors full moon hikes to the lighthouse which is pretty neat too.

  14. Totally cute pic of you & Gloria. 🙂

  15. I have never heard of the lighthouse before. I’ll have to put that on my list the next time I’m in the area. Looks like fun 🙂

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