Things People Do in Marin when It Gets Hot…really hot.

Just a few days ago (yes it seems hard to remember now that the fog has rolled in) it was hot enough to use a well worn cliche…fry an egg on the street. Yes, indeed, it was hot! 103 degrees in some spots in Marin. So what is a Marinite to do?
Get wet of course. The only drawback is that (a) there’s a drought and (b) there are hardly any (legal) swimming spots in Marin and certainly, I don’t have many complaints about Marin but my one persistent gripe is the lack of public natural swimming spots. Luckily, the water is still plentiful at the Inkwells. The what?

Although they’re too small to actually swim in, you can immerse yourself which is like heaven on a hot day. Check out The Inkwells (yes, they do look a bit like actual inkwells- a bit bigger of course) part of Samuel P. Taylor National Park out along Sir Francis Drake on your way to Pt. Reyes out of Fairfax and in the San Geronimo Valley. Blink an eye and you’ll pass right by them so check out this link and some more detailed info and history to find these hidden gems along the side of the road. And yes, the dog is welcome too to jump in a cool off too.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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