On my first weekend in California, Rosa and I took the ferry across the Bay to Marin County to visit our aunt, uncle and cousins who live there.
We were really lucky to be able to be shown around the local area, and I was grateful that I got to see a part of northern CA that I otherwise might not have. Most of all, it was wonderful to catch up with family members I’ve not seen for up to a decade (not to mention getting to sample my aunt’s amazing plum cake…)! We were shown around Fairfax, the quaint local town, by our cousin. It’s one of those places where everyone seems to know each other – for better or for worse…!
However, getting to and from Marin was an adventure in itself. We took the ferry across both ways, which offered endless people-watching for entertainment, and the best views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge we could have hoped for from the deck.
If you’re in San Francisco, whether you want to head over to Marin or not, I definitely recommend getting on a ferry and seeing the city from the water. Not only are you treated to amazing views of the cityscape, it’s a really helpful way to understand how the city itself is set up. There are ferries to nearby destinations, such as Sausalito (which I’ll show a bit of in my next Postcards post), or you can take tailor-made tours around the Bay, to Alcatraz, or even to go whale-spotting!