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It’s Not Bucking Broncos That Make the Waves at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands

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Don’t you just love the smell of the beach?


The sand, the saltwater, the sunscreen…

I’d bottle it if I could.

(NOTE TO SELF: Try adding a few drops of sunscreen to a bottle of seawater one of these days.)

Yesterday El Hub and I drove out to Rodeo Beach at Fort Cronkhite, a picturesque spot on the Pacific side of the Bay just north of the Golden Gate in the Marin Headlands (if you’re ever out this way, it’s right next to the awesome Marine Mammal Center).

It gets a little chilly and windy there sometimes, even when everywhere else around here is hot, so bring a sweatshirt or jacket if you’re visiting from out of the area.

Yup, a jacket even in the summertime. Welcome to the Bay Area. 🙂

I watched the waves for a bit, breathed deeply, snapped some pics, and found a few lovely pieces of driftwood (don’t you love it when you find a piece that’s really smooth?).

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Any day you make it out to the beach is a good day.

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This pic right above is a saltwater lagoon right next to the beach. There’s a little footbridge there that’s a great picture spot.

Brown pelicans rest there before heading out to sea to go fishing.

P.S. I’m not sure why the place is called Rodeo Beach, but to the best of my knowledge, rodeos are not held there.


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  1. Sylirael says:

    Awesome pics! You know, in some ways the scenery actually reminds me a little bit of some of the beaches I’ve been to around NZ 🙂 Even down to the chilly breeze that necessitates a jacket in summer 😛

    I have very fond memories of combing the beaches of the North Shore with my grandparents, looking for smooth glass, cat’s eyes and pretty empty shells. We didn’t see much driftwood, but there was plenty of that grapelike seaweed that’s kind of like bubble wrap to pop…
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  2. Kim says:

    What a beautiful spot! We’re used to the 60 degree ocean in Maine while we’re on vacation, so you just know we’d be splashing around at Rodeo Beach(while the locals looked at us like we were crazy!). 🙂

  3. Tatiana says:

    I love that beach! Many, many, many years ago, I flew into SF for a friend’s wedding and that was one of the spots my friends took me to, to show me around. About a year later, I moved to the Bay Area.

  4. Iris says:

    What a beautiful place. I’d love to watch the pelicans. This makes me miss the beaches and lakes.

    Take care of yourself, Karen. <3

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