Lombard Street - top
Hold on tight...heading down!
A visit to San Francisco is not complete without a ride down Lombard Street (the world-famous crooked street). Earlier we walked down it, but today as we departed for Santa Cruz we decided to put caution to the wind and ride the roller coaster! I don't know who was more scared "me" (the driver) or the walkers as they jumped out of our way.
Before cruising the coast, we decided to drop in on a few old friends as we made our way out of San Francisco...Mrs Doubtfire (Robin Williams movie) and the Tanner family (Full House TV show)! Unfortunately, they were not there...but we enjoyed seeing their homes and knocking at their door!
On our way, we stopped here and there along the coast...
Land's End is at the mouth of the Golden Gate, this area was inhabited by the Yelamu Ohlone tribe, they consider this to be the "edge of the world".
Close to Land's End is the Sutro Bath ruins. This was a vacation spa built back in the late 1800s where 10,000 people a day could rent bathing suits and swim in salt water pools. This was the world's largest indoor swimming establishment.
It was built on a small beach inlet. During high tides, water would flow directly into the pools recycling the six pools (two million gallons) in about an hour.
We decided to picnic at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and explore the tidepools. Unfortunately we arrived at high tide and only found a few treasures. More exciting, we happened on a raft of sea lions. There were more than 50 of them lined up on the beach like sardines sunning themselves. The babies were so cute as they flopped toward their mommies.
On the way into Santa Cruz we drove by inlet after inlet with surfer dudes (and gals) riding their boards. These were not your "beach blanket bingo" crowd of Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello.
Our day has come to an end as we watch the sunset from the Santa Cruz wharf.
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