Day 8 - 22/09/19
It was an early start for our morning tour to Muir Woods, with another hike back to Fisherman’s Wharf for the bus - however this time we went for a flatter route! The bay was covered in fog, which made it feel a little eerie looking out over to Alcatraz island. We hopped on the bus and made our way to the woods. We stopped just before the bridge at the palace of fine arts, which was an expo that became a permanent feature. The driver on the bus informed us that the fog covering the bay is actually called ‘Karl the fog’, named after the misunderstood giant in the film Big Fish. Arriving at Muir Woods we set off for a peaceful stroll around the redwoods, admired the height of them. 90 minutes later and we were heading back to the bus to visit Sausalito.
We got to explore Sausalito for 30 minutes on route back to San Francisco, it’s a lovely little town overlooking the bay. Once back at Fisherman’s Wharf, we walked along the famous pier 39. Of course checked out the seals, as well as spotting pelicans. We decided it was time for a bite to eat so found a nice restaurant at the end of the pier. We then hopped on the hop on/off bus to head back to our hotel. Even if this meant being on the bus for 3 hours - which was a great way to see the city and saved our legs.
Day 9 - 23/09/19
Today we decided to hop back on the bus to go and visit the Painted Ladies, which is also known as ‘Postcard Row’. We then enjoyed the view of San Francisco at Alamo Square, which is opposite the Ladies. We then walked from here down to Golden Gate Park, which was about 35 minutes away. Going via Panhandle Park, where we spotted our first hummingbird. Do you know how small they are? We decided to walk the whole of Golden Gate Park, which is a good 3 miles to get to the beach. On the walk we visited a lovely dahlia garden, saw a couple of lakes where Canadian Geese were and located the two windmills at the end of the park. One is a Dutch style and the other is the Murphy windmill. They were originally built to pump water for irrigating the park, before modern motors were fitted. We sat on the promenade enjoying the view over the beach out into the ocean, before walking to the bus stop located in the middle of the park by the science museum. We once again went over the Golden Gate Bridge with the wind in are hair. We got off at Union Square again and headed to the Cheesecake Factory for tea. The food was amazing!
Day 10 - 24/09/2019
Time to pack and pick up the rental SUV for our road trip down to LA. We ended up with a massive SUV, and made our way to Lombard St. We planned a route through Chinatown to get there, this was lovely with the hanging Chinese lanterns and colourful buildings. It was an experience to drive down Lombard St, unfortunately the GoPro was flat, so at the bottom we stopped to get the camera out. But, trying to park the SUV was a challenge in itself, especially on a hill! We then paid another visit back to Ghirardelli’s to pick up some chocolate as gifts for our return home, plus we also enjoyed some lovely Chinese food for lunch, before making our way back to the SUV. We then headed towards the Presido area of San Francisco to take some shots of Golden Gate Bridge. Before venturing to Monterey Bay our first stop off on our road trip. It was lovely driving along the coast road and seeing the sunset before arriving at the hotel.