Angel Island and Tiburon

Though the night before Labor Day was a rough one in the Corey household (Miss Harper is teething), we decided, post-nap, to make the most of the rest of our holiday weekend. We drove to Tiburon in Marin County to catch the ferry to Angel Island.


Harper’s first boat ride!

Though I can’t say it was high on my California to-do list, exploring Angel Island did seem like the perfect affordable day trip for a family with a baby. The Bay Bridge closure made traffic out there worse, but by Monday it was similar to a normal weekend day.

We ended up loving the island and wondering why no one had suggested it before. The views are incredible! And now that I know you can camp there, I definitely want to come back with friends and family (Brianne – adventure club reunion?)

Historically, the island was used to quarantine Asian immigrants and for military purposes several decades ago. So there are some museums and lots of old buildings and housing to check out.

It struck me as the kind of place where haunted souls reside. Kind of fascinating and creepy at the same time.

It is a little sad that the state is so broke it can’t afford to maintain those old buildings. Some of them seem really cool and worth saving. They could certainly use them for tourism.

But there are a lot of nice hiking and biking trails throughout the island. We did a good job of getting lost but eventually found our way.

And man, the payoff is huge. The views are the best I’ve seen anywhere. From one part of the island you get this whole panoramic view of San Francisco and the bridges.


That’s Alcatraz in the middle.


You can just make out the new Bay Bridge in front of the old (ugly) span.


And, the Golden Gate.

I can’t imagine how pretty it is to watch the sun go down while you camp there. I guess that’s why they also do sunset cruises.

I didn’t want to leave, but we caught the last ferry back.


She does this thing now that looks like a wave.

When we got back to Tiburon we got some gelato and admired the views, which are pretty darn good there, too.

Most of our Marin exploration has been of the state park variety, but I’m thinking we need to spend some time in the towns, too. The quirky houseboats in Sausalito are so much fun to check out. So I think we have more adventures ahead.

*And speaking of islands, you should definitely check out my post on Goodsmiths about shopping at the Treasure Island Flea Market. It was amazing and we found so many cool things.