Angel Island: Escaping the busy San Francisco city life for the day.

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My buddy Jake hit me up one day telling me that we need to go on a hike or some sort of adventure after he noticed the cool sh!t I've been doing lately since I enjoy sharing my experiences via Facebook and IG. Your wish is my command sir! I have the perfect place in mind. Somewhere close to the water (very close in fact), a good view, and not in the city because well, if you have not been to San Francisco then let me tell you it is a pain in the ass driving through the congested city and the thousands of tourists wandering aimlessly daily. Did I mention parking fees? Here is an example; Oh lets check out the famous Pier 39! Parking nearby is $9 an hour and that's if you find a spot. Yes, 9 flipping doll hairs! That is more than a chipotle burrito across the street. There goes half your paycheck right there! F#ck that noise, unless someone else is paying for it.

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I met Jake at the local gym I like to get my fitness on at.  I don't remember exactly how we met but I'm pretty sure we bonded after watching someone squat with horrific form then had a few words to share about what we witnessed. Did we just become best friends?! Yup! Do you want to train chest together today? Yup! Instant Bromance. Don't judge. We both lift so we decided to be complete goofballs on this adventure.

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We decided to set our sights on Angel island. Where is Angel island you ask? It is a small island in the San Francisco Bay offering gorgeous 360 degree views of San Francisco, Oakland, Marin Headlands, million dollar home views in Tiburon, and Mount Tamalpais. That is just at the top of the Mount Livermore. Besides the incredible views, they offer Tram tours, Segway Tours, hiking trails, live music, picnic area, cafe, and bike rentals. If you want to know a little more on the history of the island, I will not bore you to death telling you about it. Here is a link for your reading pleasure. You're welcome.

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To access the island you have to take a ferry, boat, kayak, of swim if you are out of your mind.  We chose option A. For $16 round trip, a short 20 minute ride that took us past Alcatraz island which was bad-ass to see.  Once you get off the ferry, park rangers greet and welcome you to the park. The cafe is a stones throw away.  First things first, hike Mt. Livermore and soak in the views. The 5 mile hike on north ridge trail (look for the signs posted) is relatively easy and once we arrived, a handful of people were eating lunch at the picnic tables while I just stood there enjoying an unreal view on which had to be the clearest day in bay area history. No Haze. No Fog. Perfect sunny California weather.

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As we hiked along the way we had to fuck around and stop for some flex poses because well, we don't give a f#ck what people will think of us. Next stop, Perles Beach. This hidden gem I stumbled upon from a website so this was a must to check out. As far as I know of, not many people know about this beach.  We were the only two people there while we hung out for an hour or so. To get there, there is a slightly beaten path by a concrete water drain right off perimeter road. Walk down and follow the drain for a couple hundred yards, take the stairs and boom! welcome to a beautiful secluded beach with Golden Gate Bridge  and Skyline views. Take your lady there, she will love you forever!

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A few things to add

  • Take the ferry from Tiburon instead of San Francisco. Vallejo is another option.
  • Make sure you know when the ferry will arrive for departure for pick up or you are stuck on the island until next morning
  • Bring the camera, food, and water. The cafe is rather expensive.
  • Bring your bicycle if you have one, rentals are $10 an hour or $35 a day however you can not bring your bike to the top of Mt. Livermore.
  • Perles Beach and Mt. Livermore are must do's!
  • The island is small so the tram and Segway rental/tours are pointless. It doesn't take more than a few hours to hike the whole island. Get some exercise in!
  • Unfortunately, Dogs are not permitted on the island. Stupid I know!
  • Stay overnight and camp but must reserve 7 days in advance.

I finally decided to sell some of my prints so if you are interested please check them out! Alphawanderlust