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Day-tripping Essay with Pictures ~ Sightseeing San Francisco ~ Sausalito Ferry

Updated on September 14, 2016

Ferry between San Francisco and Sausalito

Looking towards a ferry on San Francisco Bay.
Looking towards a ferry on San Francisco Bay. | Source

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On our sightseeing trip while in San Francisco many years ago we decided to use one of our days to experience seeing this City on the Bay from the water while taking a ferry to Sausalito and back. Many photos will be shown of that day-tripping watery adventure. Think of this as an essay using pictures!

It was towards the end of April and the sunshine seemed to kiss the tops of the waves in the water like so many diamonds being sprinkled from the sky.

The cool brisk air and salty breezes made wearing a sweater comfortable.

Tickets in hand after taking a cable car ride to Fisherman's Wharf, we boarded the ferry at 11:05 in the morning.


People on board the top deck of the ferry.

People on board the top deck of the ferry.
People on board the top deck of the ferry. | Source

Sausalito Ferry


These ferries run on regular schedules between San Francisco and Sausalito.

Instead of driving and paying fees to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and also having to pay for parking spaces, we found out that many businessmen and women regularly use these ferries as their typical mode of work day transportation.

Makes sense! Once they arrive in San Francisco the cable cars are in frequent service also running on regular timed schedules if walking distances are too far or taxi's too expensive.

Naturally tourists also clamber aboard for sightseeing adventures such as my husband and I were doing on this fine day.

We chose the top deck as did these people in the picture for our cruise across the bay to Sausalito.

Sailboats with Alcatraz Island in background

Sailboats with Alcatraz in the distance.
Sailboats with Alcatraz in the distance. | Source

Alcatraz History...

Alcatraz Island


This would be as close to Alcatraz Island as my husband and I have ever gotten. Each time we were vacationing in San Francisco and wished to tour Alcatraz in person, events were being held there or at the time we wanted to go, the tickets had already been sold out.

Alcatraz Island sits out in the cold frigid waters of San Francisco Bay a mile and a half from the shore. It has a lighthouse, was a military fortification in past days and it also served as a prison.

The latter is what made it so famous. When it was serving as a prison, escape was virtually impossible because of extremely strong and treacherous water currents.

Today it is open for tours and special events and is a national recreational area.

Alcatraz Island as seen from a ferry boat

Going by Alcatraz Island on the ferry.
Going by Alcatraz Island on the ferry. | Source

Wonders of the Modern World - Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge


What a great and dramatic backdrop!

Many people seemed to be enjoying this fine day and were out in a myriad of boats including many sailboats.

The brisk breezes did a great job in keeping those multi-colored sails filled and with the expertise of the sailors aboard the boats seemed to be skimming the waves and fluttering back and forth like so many brightly hued butterflies.

Golden Gate Bridge with Sailboats

Sailboat with Golden Gate Bridge in background.
Sailboat with Golden Gate Bridge in background. | Source
Sailboats and Golden Gate Bridge
Sailboats and Golden Gate Bridge | Source

Sausalito

After rounding Alcatraz Island and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, our ferry kept traversing the bay waters drawing us ever nearer to Sausalito where we would disembark for several hours of sightseeing.

At first Sausalito appeared small and insignificant as all things do when seen from a distance. As we kept getting closer, details started emerging and coming into better focus and perspective.

Sausalito as viewed from the water

Sausalito as seen from a distance on board the ferry.
Sausalito as seen from a distance on board the ferry. | Source
Drawing closer to Sausalito
Drawing closer to Sausalito | Source

Sausalito close-up from the ferry just prior to dis-embarking.

Sausalito close-up from the ferry just prior to dis-embarking.
Sausalito close-up from the ferry just prior to dis-embarking. | Source

Sausalito, California

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Sausalito Tour Guide

SAUSALITO TOUR GUIDE. A Self-guided Audio/Visual Walking Tour--CD includes files to transfer to your cell-phone, iPod, or to print.
SAUSALITO TOUR GUIDE. A Self-guided Audio/Visual Walking Tour--CD includes files to transfer to your cell-phone, iPod, or to print.

Whether planning a trip or simply wanting this as a souvenir...this should interest anyone who loves this special and unique part of our country. Sausalito is truly special!

 

Sausalito, California


With transportation being frequent and regular between San Francisco and Sausalito, the piers accommodating the embarking and dis-embarking passengers are well thought out and constructed.

This accommodates the easy passage of many people going to and from these destination points.

We exited and gave ourselves quite a few hours to walk and explore this charming town of Sausalito.

Rustic houses cling to the sides of the steep slopes offering terrific bay views. Lush greenery abounds and this is a boat lovers haven. Open deck restaurants or those with large windows capitalize on the aquatic views.

Views from Sausalito looking out on the water

Looking out at the water from Sausalito
Looking out at the water from Sausalito | Source
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Sausalito photo
Sausalito photo | Source

Sausalito yachts


There is no shortage of Sausalito yachts, sailboats or other water craft of every type size and description in Sausalito.

With the mild climate people who can afford to live in places like this certainly seem to enjoy life. And for others, visiting can be a fun and rewarding experience.

One can be as nautical as one desires by renting watercraft or hiring others to take one out on the water for different occasions.

Water view from Sausalito

People eating pizza by the slice; ice cream cones, etc. while sitting on the rocks and sidewalk watching the different boats on the water.
People eating pizza by the slice; ice cream cones, etc. while sitting on the rocks and sidewalk watching the different boats on the water. | Source

Sausalito Marinas


There are a good number of marinas along the coastline near Sausalito accommodating all kinds of watercraft and even houseboats. In fact, Sausalito has quite a sizable houseboat community of over 400 mooring there and calling it home.


One of the marinas in Sausalito

My hubby with the marina as backdrop
My hubby with the marina as backdrop | Source

Love this sign we saw posted on one of the piers going out to the boats in the marina!


These Sausalito dogs must be well trained and mind their manners!

Sausalito marina photos

Love this sign on the pier!
Love this sign on the pier! | Source
Wouldn't it be fun to own one of these?
Wouldn't it be fun to own one of these? | Source

Sausalito

Sausalito shoreline street
Sausalito shoreline street | Source

Sausalito scenery


This small town (and I do mean small!) consists of only 2.2 square miles (5.8 km) and of that only 1.9 square miles ( 4.9 km) is actual land.


Prices for these homes are expensive.


Sausalito is in Marin County.

As of May of 2009, people living in Marin County were considered as having the 5th highest incomes per person in all of the United States.


I guess that helps account for all of those beautiful boats moored in the many marinas!

Houses in Sausalito near shoreline

Sausalito shoreline
Sausalito shoreline | Source

We continued our exploration of Sausalito on foot keeping track of the time.

Street scenes in Sausalito

Sausalito street
Sausalito street | Source
Park in Sausalito with fountain
Park in Sausalito with fountain | Source

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums used as ground cover.
Nasturtiums used as ground cover. | Source

Nasturtiums


As we walked some of the steep hillsides leading to the homes where people dwell, many of those hillsides were covered with nasturtiums.

It drew our attention because my mother-in-law used to grow nasturtiums in her garden in San Antonio, Texas and often added some of the flowers to salads.

They add a spicy note when eaten and of course are also a pretty plant.

Grown here in Sausalito, they also obviously make a good ground cover helping to negate the effects of hillside erosion.

Water photo from Sausalito

Look at that Chinese junk (boat) on the water!
Look at that Chinese junk (boat) on the water! | Source

Chinese junk


The picture above was shot through a glass window from a restaurant where we took time to have some lunch. San Francisco is in the background but what drew our immediate attention was that black colored Chinese junk! It was a dramatic difference from the norm seen in these waters.

Ferry to San Francisco


All too soon our time had come to re-board the ferry back to San Francisco.

So with wonderful impressions of Sausalito we walked on board the ferry and enjoyed these watery views on the return trip.

Photos approaching San Francisco by ferryboat

Returning to San Francisco aboard the ferry.
Returning to San Francisco aboard the ferry. | Source
Seagulls following the ferry.
Seagulls following the ferry. | Source
San Francisco skyline from the water.
San Francisco skyline from the water. | Source
Getting close to the harbor where we would dis-embark back at Fisherman's Wharf.
Getting close to the harbor where we would dis-embark back at Fisherman's Wharf. | Source

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Hope that you enjoyed this day-tripping essay with photos of sightseeing options while in San Francisco. Taking the Sausalito ferry was a most enjoyable way to get a different perspective of both San Francisco and Sausalito and also the sights in between like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, the numerous pleasure craft dotting San Francisco Bay and the town and cityscape's from the water.

If you enjoyed this article, please take time to give it a star rating. Thank you!!!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for the additional pin & share. Some photos grab people more than others. I am really enjoying Pinterest these days. :)

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Pinning the excellent article of yours to my 'Travel' board again, but this time with the photo of Alcatraz. Also going to share it with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GmaGoldie,

      Getting to see Sausalito from the water as well as on land was a special treat. Glad you liked these views from the water since you have been there and obviously enjoy that town.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 3 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Peggy, I fell in love with Sausalito but never had the opportunity to take the ferry - what a fantastic idea - that way you can clearly experience the intricate coastline that Sausalito offers. I felt an energy at the Park that was inexplicable and I recall clearly even to this day. Sausalito is an art town that is truly heavenly.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Always Optimist,

      So glad that you enjoyed these photos and the information. Thanks!

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      Always Optimist 4 years ago from India

      Peggy very beautiful pictures. Loved them, voting up and 5 stars and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      So nice that you have friends in that beautiful area and may get to visit them this Fall. My mother-in-law used to have nasturtiums in her garden and seeing so many being used as ground cover definitely caught my eye. Thanks for the vote and share.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We once took the ferry around the bay, so this was like a walk down memory lane. Thank you for sharing your photos! We love San Fran and Marin County and may go there to see friends this Fall. I like that you added a photo of the nasturtiums that keep the hills from eroding--you have an eye for plant life! Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We really did enjoy just being tourists and would highly recommend doing this if one has enough time. It made for a fun day! Thanks!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A great way to spend the day just seeing the sights if one is a tourist, or a great idea for a date! Lots of good information and great photos. Going to share this hub with my followers again, and then I'm going to pin it to my "Travel" board.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Guess I was feeling a little poetic with that description. Ha! So glad that you enjoyed this ferry trip across San Francisco Bay with us and got to see a bit of Sausalito via these photos. It was a most enjoyable day. Appreciate your star rating of this hub, the votes and the share. Thanks!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Love your sentence near the beginning, "It was towards the end of April and the sunshine . . . and so many great photos as always. Found this article especially interesting and informative. Voting it up, BAUI, and will share! Oh, and I gave you another 5 stars!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Written Up,

      Enjoy your trip out west to see Sausalito. It is a great town just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Whether your trip is business or pleasure, I am sure that you will enjoy the waterfront town. Thanks for your comment.

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      Written Up 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

      Hoping to visit sausalito in the next few weeks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      Even if you have not been there in a while, you HAVE enjoyed sightseeing in San Francisco from what you said and seeing it from the perspective of the ferry between that city and Sausalito was a special treat for us while on vacation one day. Thanks for the visit and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I haven't been there in ages and your pics make me want to go back. A shame, since it's only about an hour's flight from where I live. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      I have to agree with you regarding the beauty of sailboats. Those sailing on San Francisco Bay with the Golden Gate bridge in the background were certainly pretty. But then sailboats are pretty no matter where they are seen. Glad that you enjoyed this hub about taking the ferry to Sausalito from San Francisco. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      As always you have very attractive pictures. There is something very attractive about sailboats. The first time I saw Lake Pepin from the Minnesota side it was a nice Summer day and the sailboats were very active.

      San Francisco does have a romantic image and the songs about it are very nostalgic, from Tony Bennet to the Mamas and Pappas.

      Up and beautiful for this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      That was a good hub about the Beatniks. San Francisco seems to have it all! Diverse cultural influences make this city and surrounding area so interesting to visit in addition to the natural beauty of the area.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Nice fit with my Beatnik hub Peggy :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Ipeoney,

      Hope you get to visit San Francisco someday and see all of these areas for yourself. There is plenty to enjoy! Great city and surrounding areas! Thanks for your comment.

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      Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

      wow what a beautiful album, beautiful pictures of San Francisco, Hoping to visit there one day.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Glad you liked these pictures taken on our sightseeing trip while in San Francisco going over and back by way of a ferry boat to Sausalito.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank for a wonderful trip. These pictures are awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi katyzzz,

      Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Becky,

      That is quite a compliment...feeling as though you were there via these pictures and descriptions of the Sausalito ferry trip. Thanks for your comment and vote up. Appreciate it!

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I love water and boats, it's good to catch up with you, Peggy.

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      Becky 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thank you for sharing your travels. Loved the great pictures and the videos too. I felt as though I was there. Voted up and awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      We also drove to Sausalito by car but seeing it this way by ferry from San Francisco made for an interesting day...and scenic. Hope you get to see it for yourself someday. Thanks for the comment.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Hi Peggy,

      Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of Sausalito. Looks like a fun and interesting place. I would love to go sightseeing and ride on the Ferry. A beautiful and interesting hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Glad you liked this journey from San Francisco to Sausalito and back by ferry. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      Understandable that you would not know about Sausalito living as you do in England. I learn things about your part of the world by reading your hubs as well. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dearabbysmom,

      Sausalito is a beautiful spot. Hope it quits snowing soon and that you have wonderful weather ahead in Indiana for a long pleasant summer. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      Aha! You are one of the regulars on those San Francisco Bay ferries of which I spoke. We might have rubbed elbows if our trip had been more recent. Thanks for your comment.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Awesomely beautiful Peggy.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this was a beautiful trip, I must admit I never knew where Sausalito was, living in England, what a lovely place, thanks for the trip! cheers nell

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago

      Years ago I visited the San Francisco area and traveled the coast a bit. I remember falling in love with Sausalito and thinking that would be just the place to live in California. Beautiful hub. It's snowing in Indiana but I feel warmer looking at your pictures.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Lovely Hub, Peggy W! I take a ferry across the SF bay every day when I go to and from HubPages HQ. It doesn't get old! The bay is so pretty :D

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Lindsay,

      Happy to hear that you liked it and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      The area around San Francisco and Sausalito in California is so very scenic and interesting. I have only been through the Los Angeles airport so obviously did not see much. Yes, I'll bet that you are getting tired of snow about now. It is much hotter than normal in Houston right now...actually close to a record for April. 89 to 90 degrees. Should be much cooler this time of year! Thanks for your comment.

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      Lindsay 6 years ago

      Love your photo essay. Very well done and motivational. Thanks!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Anyplace without snow would seem attractive right now.The only part of California I have seen is around Los Angeles.The ocean seems appealing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ella,

      Thank you so much for this very complimentary comment. Nice seeing you here!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Yes, Sausalito is definitely small enough to get to know one's neighbors well...on land or on the many yachts. What a lifestyle! Nice! Thanks for your votes and comment. We were just in the right place at the right time to get those pictures of the sailboats and Golden Gate Bridge.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eiddwen,

      So nice to hear that you appreciated this hub about taking the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito and back. It took some time but was well worth it for the views. Always nice hearing from you. Thanks!

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      Ella H. 6 years ago

      Peggy, you do a fantastic job with all of your Hubs. I enjoy reading them very much.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Ditto on Eiddwens comment. The picture of the sailboat and the bridge is phenomenal. I can't believe only 1.9 sq miles that is so sweet. I guess you can get to know all your neighbors. As usual awesome hub and up/beautiful. Thanks

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Peggy,

      You have set yourself such a high standard with your hubs now and not once have you disappointed.

      I love your pictures and this one is so interesting and well presented.

      Eiddwen.

      I am learning so much from your hubs.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      No need to apologize. It would be natural to think it was so. Actually one can drive from San Francisco over the Golden Gate bridge and arrive in Sausalito in a short time. We just decided to enjoy the longer water route as something different to do while on vacation and see things from that vantage point.

      Yes...Sausalito would be a great place to visit as are many places in that area of the country. It serves as a gateway to the tall redwoods of Muir Woods and then on up to the famous California wine country from the San Francisco area.

      Appreciate your comments.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Hi Peggy, sorry for my inaccurate comment. One thing I feel certain that its scenic view is like a favorite destination for me when I want to go for a holiday. Thank you Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vietnamvet68,

      God bless you too for service to our country. Nice that you got to see this same area of San Francisco and Sausalito. It certainly is beautiful country out there!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello agusfanani,

      Actually Sausalito is a land mass, not an island. But you are correct in that it would be wonderful to own a home overlooking the water. Thanks for the first comment.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      wonder trip and beautiful pictures, felt like I was there with you, last time I seen that area was in 1967

      God Bless

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, I like Sausalito. It looks like a small island yet populated which's shown by so many cars there. I imagine to own a house at the street near the peer must be great.

      I vote up this hub for its very interesting content. Thank you Peggy.