Echeveria species: A drought-tolerant, pass-along plant.
An octogenarian when we met, Dr. Herman Schwartz loved to walk through his Bolinas gardens giving visitors bits of succulent plants as he shared tales of plant collecting in Africa, the Americas, and Madagascar. The passionate plantsman's arrays of cacti, agaves, aloes & crassulas put on a brilliant flowering spectacle in the winter! Amid all the rarities, a Euphorbia greenhouse contained towering to tiny, spiny and spineless species: Countless plants that one could see nowhere else in the U.S. When Dr. Schwartz died not long ago, the Marin-Bolinas Botanical Gardens - as his renowned collections came to be known, were shuttered.
Golden Gate Bridge
View from the grounds of Cavallo Point Lodge, a new resort hotel within historic Fort Baker, Marin County.
San Francisco Bay
November is a great time to visit the city, although it's the rainy season, days are often dry and sunny.
Many summer days in San Francisco are cold & fog shrouded... yet each city neighborhood
has its own microclimate!
Cross the Golden Gate into Marin County and the weather shifts dramatically once you're away from the coast,
with crystalline blue skies, hot days , low humidity, and cool nights for sleeping.
View of the city from Sausalito.
Sausalito ... a ferry ride from San Francisco - often the only other town visited
by international tourists.
Intrepid travelers rent bikes and travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to explore the surrounding hillsides.