Sausalito was once the site of a Coast Miwok settlement known as Liwanelowa. The Miwok were said to be peaceful, hospitable and friendly; so much for those traits to save us all! Today it’s known for its Richardson Bay houseboat enclaves, built by artist squatters after WWII. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bay Model Visitor Center has a functioning 3D hydraulic model of the Bay Area, plus exhibits about the area’s waterways. The Marin Headlands offers Golden Gate Bridge views.

This was where Bob was living when we first came out to see if we were really a couple with staying power, were we life partners? Meanwhile I was in PhD program at Princeton and Bob was asked to start a program at San Francisco State that they called the Cinema Department, and we were planning to be a bi-coastal couple – would that work???

This was before we knew we would never be apart, before we started to look for where in this beautiful place would we settle. Before out decision on Tiburon.

Wildly romantic, San Francisco and Sausalito, was gorgeous. We also loved the city for its mixture of old culture – SF Symphony, SF Opera, SF Ballet and its avant garde culture, especially fascinating in 1967. In 1967, change was in the air in San Francisco. That year, nearly 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, turning the city into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. Although it was surely a summer of love for us, we did not do the love ins, not were we in the city that often. But it was a yeasty time!

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