The arrival of out-of-town visitors meant a chance to show off my playgrounds in Marin County.
First stop, this ghostly forest on the Dipsea Trail, downhill from Pantoll in Mt. Tam State Park, walking towards the ocean. Mount Tam is not one of the 70 state parks that will be closed in September because rich Californians refuse to pay taxes.
There's a stand of young redwood trees just below that really does look like this.
Close up, the trees are sprouting.
Suddenly we break out into light as clouds part and the panorama of Stinson Beach comes in sight.
After lunch, we make the hike up the Matt Davis Trail out into a meadow along the Coastal Trail and back to Pantoll.