A few months ago, my adventure buddy R and I took a day trip to Alamere Falls when we were both off for the day. I'm seriously going to miss this fun-loving, generous, and hilarious girl now that she moved to Baltimore for her dermatology residency.
Alamere Falls is a well-known 8-mile hike in the mountains of Marin that R and I both wanted to check off our bucket list. The hike brings you through all the famous features of Northern Calfornia. It leads you through dirt trails with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, thick bushes deep in the forest, and finally down the side of cliff to a gigantic waterfall that pours into the ocean. I had never done such a long hike before, so it was a challenging, but rewarding hike.
Unfortunately I left my camera's memory card back in my computer so didn't realize my camera wasn't going to work until I got to the hike, so all of these pictures were taken on my iPhone.
The mini falls - "is this it??"
Nope. We had to scoot on our butts to get down to the real falls.
Ta-da! Alamere falls all to ourselves! On the weekends, the area is swarming with hikers and tourists. The benefit of a resident's schedule is that we get a weekend day off so we went on a empty Wednesday morning.
Finally made it to the falls after 4 miles!
We made it!
We brought a picnic to eat on the beach and then took a little snooze. The water was freezing cold so we didn't go in, but we could at least pretend we were on a tropical vacation by sunbathing on the beach.
The hike up the cliff wasn't as bad as the hike down, but then we were faced at the prospect of hiking the 4 miles back to the trail head. Honestly I got tired about halfway back and was wishing for an Uber to take me the rest of the way to our car!