Last spring we decided to visit friends in California and to go see Yosemite National Park. June seemed like a good month, so after spending weeks researching, I got it mapped out. We flew Southwest from Nashville to San Francisco and rented a car. Our destination for the first leg of the trip was Mill Valley for a few nights to explore the San Francisco Bay area. We booked our stay at the Larkspur Hotel, which had a nice walking/biking trail right next to the hotel. The rooms were fine, they offered a good breakfast, movie rental, a fire pit and smores and more at a reasonable price. http://www.larkspurhotels.com/larkspur-hotels/hotels/mill-valley
Next door was a highly rated Italian restaurant on Trip Advisor, Frantoio. The dining room was a bit formal for us but the bar was perfect for pizza and drinks after our day of exploring. The pizza was great! http://www.frantoio.com/about
Our first evening was gray and dreary but we braved the San Fran “ick” and went for a hike at Muir Woods just a few minutes drive from the hotel. It was so worth it! The redwoods really are amazing and make you feel SO SMALL and insignificant in the scheme of life. www.nps.gov/muwo/
We struck up a conversation with this father and daughter from the Philipines. Ironically, he was from the village where Wally’s grandfather, Aubrey Lee Ogles was stationed during WWII.
The next day we drove over Mt. Tamalpais to the ocean. There are great overlook trails and old bunkers where our soldiers kept vigil during the wars for enemy ships and subs. http://www.mttam.net/