Tiburon: at the tip of the shark

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It is always a treat crossing the Golden Gate Bridge headed north. There is no toll traveling out of the City and the view of Alcatraz, Angel Island and sailboats below can be breathtaking.

We pulled off on Alexander Avenue and drove down into the main street of Sausalito, our favorite little Bay Area getaway. However, after passing Jack London’s house on the corner of Bridgeway and the Bay, where he composed the opening of the “Sea Wolf,” we continued past our usual haunts and back onto 101. Our goal would be a different town this time. A few short miles later we turned onto a small peninsula that juts into the bay with its tip aiming at Angel Island.

There was very little traffic as we cruised down to the very end of the Tiburon Peninsula and the town of the same name. Tiburon means shark in Spanish and one of two things happened in August of 1775 when Lt. Juan Manuel De Ayala anchored his ship, the San Carlos, between Angel Island and Tiburon. Historians believe he either saw a number of sharks swimming near his ship or, after mapping the peninsula, concluded it looked like a shark. Regardless, the name stuck.

The town of Tiburon is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States with an average home price (according to Forbes) of more than $3 million. In a local magazine we even found the former home of the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. It listed at $3.3 million. A far cry from the Dead house at 710 Ashbury, just up the hill from Haight Street in San Francisco where he and the band hunkered down during their early days in the late 1960s...

 

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