Hike 14 – Traipsing Around Tennessee Valley, November 21, 2009
After a long drive that involved crossing two bridges and two tunnels, at 10:25 AM I pulled into a very crowded parking lot at the end of Tennessee Valley Road in Marin County. After some difficulty, I found a spot along the side of the road. The temperature was 47 degrees and the sky was picture-perfect blue. A few clouds adorned the sky.
My first destination was the Tennessee Valley Trail to the beach. From there I would backtrack a bit to pick up the Coastal Trail to Muir Beach. Then I would turn back and retrace my steps to the car. For weeks I had been looking forward to this hike. A few guidebooks had raved about it and mentioned that the Tennessee Valley Trail was very popular with bikers, joggers, horse riders and families.
Since it had been a long drive to get here and I was starting the hike late in the morning, I was already feeling hungry. So, before setting foot on the trail, I had a quick snack and then got going. Even though guidebooks had mentioned the popularity of this trail, I was surprised by the crowds. While it was too early to form an opinion, I was not enjoying the congestion. It had me feeling mobbed and rushed.