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Stinson Beach
Aug. 25, 2007

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Stinson is a rare bird among Northern California beaches, and maybe the only one north of the Golden Gate that really feels like a classic, little beach village. Our friends Lang & MJ visit for a week or two every summer, and we usually manage to make it down there for a day (and sometimes overnight if Lang breaks out the Ketel One).

This year we had to leave after dinner, but we took the scenic route home, the beautiful drive up Highway 1 along the coast and through the western farmlands of Marin and Sonoma counties, from Bolinas through Olema, Point Reyes Station, along Tomales Bay and up through Valley Ford and Sebastopol. On drives like this, I'm always amazed that there can still be these beautiful and unspoiled rural lands so close to California's crowded centers. Makes me feel pretty lucky to live where I do.