I'm just back from a brief holiday in West Marin County on Tomales Bay at Inverness. It's in the Point Reyes National Seashore and feels a few worlds away from San Francisco. The heritage there is strangely mixed, including Russian and Eastern European standouts like this dacha on the water. Rumors of a great grand-nephew of the last Tsar add intrigue to this village on Tomales Bay.
My trip up there reminds me that the city is stitched intimately together with its countryside and that understanding the urban footprint helps comprehend even more the grandeur of it. San Francisco is particularly blessed with outlying regions that rival any in the world for food, history, beauty and an aura of retreat and renewal.
The San Andreas Fault that creates the bay lies there like a snake below the cat tail winds on the waves -- this natural serpent coiled, ready to unleash its muscle and venom -- but not just yet.