Hilary Belle Walker
About halfway up Tomales Bay, California’s largest unspoiled coastal embayment, Hog Island is well-known among food lovers for its oysters, but the briny bivalves are certainly an acquired taste. Luckily, there is also cheese to be had in the area.
The group of islands and sea stacks known as the Farallones lies just 27 miles off the coast of Ocean Beach. You know they’re out there—even if you can’t always see them from shore—evoking an air of mystery for seasoned locals. Called the Devil’s Teeth by sailors and California’s Galapagos among naturalists, these wild islands are home to whales, seals, and seabirds worthy of National Geographic. And, from late summer through the end of November, great white sharks.
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