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North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 28th 2015

I went to San Francisco! The end. But really, I'm having writer's block with the added distraction of a new trip to plan. Before I get into those juicy details, I'll do my best with the tales from my latest trip. The morning after the Superbowl, still buzzing from the high of a glorious win, Christy and I packed up Fireball (our new name for her little red Honda Fit) and ventured north to San Francisco. We stopped for gas and food and pictures in front of Andersen's Pea Soup, but otherwise the drive was smooth and uneventful. Our host for the week was none other than Brian**, the "stranger" I met on my flight back to San Diego from my visit home. Thus, we found ourselves couchsurfing in a three-bedroom, two-bath, apartment smack in the ... read more
The Golden Gate Bridge
Hilly SF
San Francisco

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission February 26th 2015

The journey from Portland, Oregon, to the Bay Area is further than I had expected: more than 630 miles if you take the briefest route possible along the boring I-5. That's Land's End to John O'Goats plus a few detours for cheap coffee and Ginsters Pasties. We hired a big American SUV (Toyota Rav 4) for two days, enough time to visit some iconic landmarks en route - or so I thought. After stopping overnight in a motel whose rooms reminded me of that scene in the film of No Country For Old Men where Llewelyn stashes the cash and almost making it to Crater Lake (the off-road route was a dead end and the on-road route was closed due to snow), we parked up in a supermarket car park in Arcata, north California, and tried ... read more
Hard at work.
How to recognise different trees from quite a long way away. No 7: The Redwood.
Radiant smiles.

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 15th 2015

So I have no clue what that pic was. Trying again. Hmmmm....... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 15th 2015

Oh my goodness, now it's upside down. Oh, well. Had a good laugh when I saw that. Enjoy! Lol... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 15th 2015

We are at the airport and waiting for our flight! Hope we get some sleep tonight. It's going to be one heck of a time change for us - 18 hours ahead of Indiana, 21 hours ahead of California. That said, since we are leaving at 7:45 at night and our flight is about 13 hours long, and since we are flying across the International Date Line, we will skip February 15th entirely. So, for those of you who get to experience the 15th, I hope it's great! Attached us a pic of us together as we left our home in warm and sunny Vacaville today.... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 5th 2015

Day 6 and 7 This will be our 4th trip to San Francisco so I'm assuming we will be leaving some of the tourist attractions out, however my blog from SF trip in 2014 has some ideas and tips if you're a novice. We will cross the bridge into the city and do some walking, exploring and sightseeing though. I'm quite excited to visit Hawk Hill and Treasure Island this year as I love seeing and doing new things. Of course we will eat in the Cheesecake Factory in Union Square - preferably inside though as it's just too windy! On our last day in Sausalito/ SF the plan is to head north and visit Napa and Sonoma. We did this in 2011 and really enjoyed it. Great vineyards to visit! Apart from our day in ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 2nd 2015

Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying a good weekend relaxing and enjoying chicken wings with the Super Bowl game going on! Those of you who are in the USA or are interested in American Soccer that is. I am currently watching it, or trying to, but I fail to understand the big fuss behind it. None of the advertisements are interesting (as promised) and the game itself seems very boring. Katy Perry was nice in the Half Time though. Loved her outfits! Anyway, I need to tell you'll what I was up to in my third weekend here in San Francisco! I'm well into my fifth week by this time and let me tell you this- I've grown to love this city. I really have. It has an odd charm to it, with its hippies and ... read more
Notice how beautiful this place is?
Lakes on the side of the course
Posing before the exhaustion weighed in

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 30th 2015

Day 16 Early start for us today as we need to allow time to get into the city before we can start our bus tour, leaving from Union Square. There are plenty of bus tours to choose from and you can pick them up in many places around town. We are using the BART to get to Union Square and I would definitely not say it is conveniently located to the hotel, especially when you do not know your way around. The town itself probably isn't somewhere you would want to spend much time unless you are at university there or visiting someone who is. There are a lot of coffee shops and restaurants but the vibe is definitely young students. To get to Union Square we get the BART from Downtown Berkeley and make our ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 30th 2015

Day 17 Sometimes when it comes to the end of a holiday you are ready to go home and see friends and loved ones and get back into a routine - this definitely isn't one of those days. Waking up knowing tonight I will be on a plane to London Heathrow is seriously depressing. These past 2 plus weeks have been so great and we have seen and done so much. I know holidays like this aren't for everyone but each to their own! If you have longer and are wanting to spend more time here or anywhere else - do it! Although we have been to SF a few times we have never actually made it across the bridge because there is so much to do in the city. Our flight doesn't leave until 9pm ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco January 29th 2015

Day 15 On the move again and onto the 10th and final hotel today. We leave Yosemite quite early as we are driving to San Francisco and have a lot of things planned, starting with a baseball game tonight so need to get into the city early. Waking up in Yosemite is one of the best experiences and really hard to describe just how beautiful it is. Even pictures don't do it justice. The darkness of the night before hiding the surrounding mountains has disappeared and the bright morning sunshine reveals the tall mountains all around us. I would 100% recommend staying in Curry Village but it does get booked up very quickly so make sure you are booking in advance. Hoodies are always required for evenings I would imagine. If you feel like being a ... read more

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