San Francisco - Day 1
We started early and decided to do some tourist-type things. We drove
across the Bay Bridge (the one famously damaged back in the last earthquake)
and into San Francisco. Luckily there was no traffic and we were in the
relatively flat part of the city, and we quickly navigated to the Golden
Gate Bridge. We drove across, then got out and walked on it. Very pretty.
Unfortunately it was foggy. Here's what the San Francisco skyline looks like
in the fog:
We then kept going north. We saw a sign that said "No gas 26 Miles"
which we foolishly scoffed at since we had 1/4 of a tank. And we traveled
on to Muir Woods National Monument.
There were some amazing trees here which pictures won't do justice to.
Here's a picture from Cathedral Grove:
Here's a picture of me standing on a bridge made out of an old redwood trunk:
Here's an attempt to show how tall the trees are. This is the famous
We walked along the loop trail, and also looked at the beautiful Redwood
Stream that flows through the park. All too soon it was time to go.
The road to the park was quite curvy and nearly straight uphill, and
the road on the way out was more of the same. We first went to
Muir Beach, where I got to wade in the Pacific for the first time.
Then we drove north on the famous California Route 1 coastal highway.
It was quite scenic, following the shore along a sheer cliff.
About this time we started worrying about gas. In the end
we never were in that much danger of running out, but those 20 miles to
Point Reyes Station seemed to last forever. There were also a great number
of suicidal bicyclists on these steep roads with endless blind curves.
On the way back we stopped at Stinson Beach. There we ate lunch, and to
prove we were in California we saw some surfers.
The beach is right next to some steep hills, and it also had a cool palm tree.
We drove back over the Panoramic Highway and then across the Golden Gate
bridge after a failed attempt to see house boats in Sausalito. The fog had
cleared for once and there was a great view of the San Francisco skyline!
Unfortunately no pictures of that.
We stopped at Golden Gate Park. On the Western most side there is a
We also went to the beach that is right there at Golden Gate park.
You could watch giant ships approaching the entrance to the Golden Gate.
And after such a busy day we went back to Livermore to rest.
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