The Lyford House in Tiburon

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My friend Tracy always finds little gems to explore in the Bay Area. She when she suggested a walk out to The Lyford House, a Registered National Historic Landmark at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, I was game. This place seems straight off the set of the movie, The Birds. Though it's just off Marin's 101 highway and fewer than 10 miles away from San Francisco, it feels like a world away.

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A sweet wooden bridge leads you up to the Lyford House.

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The view here offers a stunning panorama, sweeping from Belvedere to the San Francisco skyline, Sausalito and Mount Tamalpais. After you pass the expanse of wild grasses and native plants on your way in, you may encounter some 200 species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bay creatures. I think I saw three birds though. Lyford House is on an Audubon Sanctuary.

The Lyford House was built in 1876 as the main residence of a dairy farm on neighboring Strawberry Point. Later, the National Audubon Society assumed title to Lyford House and moved its administrative operations to another building.

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I love the pale yellow of the house. Nothing is cheerier than a yellow house (insert eye roll here from my snarky friends).

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This lawn serves as a perfect picnic area. A little food, a little wine, an outrageous view. Fantastic.

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On this day you can see the fog creeping in over the hillside. When the fogs hits you, it's the difference of some 20 degrees. Local San Franciscans seem to always be prepared with a spare parka buried in a dark corner of their car trunk.

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And if you time it right, a springtime walk presents just some of the many wild flowers like these bluebells in full bloom. 

Another Tracy find. Another great day.

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