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Rodeo Beach, Sausalito

The San Francisco area, in all of my travels there, seems to generally have a coastline that is heavily eroded. And, that was the most clear to me as I took a hike to Rodeo Beach in Sausalito, which is just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It’s apart of the Marin Headlands, which in general is a beauty to behold. However, this beach I found especially fascinating because of its black, coarse sands. Maybe it had to do with the foggy sky that day, but it seemed to stand out and fit well with the surrounding eroded cliffs nearby. This beach is a bit odd though because it’s a narrow stretch of land that is connected like a bridge to two cliff sides with the ocean and a bayou narrowing it. It didn’t have any particular foliage, aside from the plant life that belonged to the bayou that it was adjacent to.

If you look to the left if you’re facing the ocean while on the beach you see the eroded cliffs that extend pretty far out. To the right you see what looks like a small town on the hillside, which I felt was only used as a tourist base since school buses were pulling up and parking there. If you walk up that hill you start to hike alongside the eroded cliffs while you occasionally see some old remains of WW2 shelters and lookout points positioned there due to the threat of possible foreign naval or submarine infiltration. Now abandoned, I was able to explore the outside as well as inside of those shelters. For the most part though, those areas were either completely empty or littered with trash. But, aside from that, the history behind that area is something I found to be very appealing. At the beach I didn’t see anyone really surfing or playing in the water, but because of the crashing waves on the cliffs I kind of assumed this would be a rather dangerous place for recreational play in the water. I did see a couple of people just admiring the view on the beach though. It seemed like a purposeful tourist destination after all. Maybe for the surrounding environment, the black sands, the eroded cliffs, or the bayou.But the Marin Headlands had many hiking paths, so perhaps it is a tourist destination for that primarily. Given the public structures like bathrooms being present I would assume it has economic value, so I guess just any form of tourism is desired generally. I wasn’t certain as to why other people were visiting there, but it’s definitely a beautiful place to visit.

2 Comments

  1. Thats cool i had no idea there were old bunkers near San Francisco from WWII era. The beach itself also look and sounds nice.

  2. This is super cool! I love how many beaches are still relatively untouched, and you can see and experience their history as a result. Maybe the more a beach is impacted by big historical moments, the less value it presents to big wigs who want to profit on beachfronts?

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