Mt. Tamalpais in the Bay Area becomes a symbol of new heights

Mt. Tamalpais in the Bay Area becomes a symbol of new heights

Mt. Tamalpais holds an indelible place in my heart. I've walked its spine, gawked in awe at San Francisco from its peak and fallen in love with its greened-up hillsides in spring.

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