Monday, August 15, 2016

NoCal Trip Report Part 3 - San Francisco

San Francisco served as the book ends of our trip.  We spent our first afternoon there after arriving on our flight from NC.  We rented bikes near the Wharf area.  



San Francisco has a very big windsurfing and kitesurfing community.  There were windsurf and kitesurf foilers everywhere on the bay.  That is Alcatraz in the background.





There is a nice bike lane from the Wharf to the bridge and most of the way to Sausalito.


Kite foil boarders under the bridge.



The plan was to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, then take the ferry back across the bay to the Wharf.  However, it was cold, foggy, and windy on the bay so we decided to turn around when we got halfway across the bridge.  



Of course, we had to take the kids to see the sea lions at Pier 39.



Electric bus cables everywhere


The following pics are from the last weekend of our trip before we flew back to NC...



Muir Beach Overlook



The beach and inlet at Bolinas.  There were harbor seals everywhere swimming around.  Lots of water in this area, both flat water and ocean.







Bolinas was a small quaint hippy seaside town.  The residents pride themselves on not having any road signs pointing to their town.  But its worth a visit and a walk around the town and beach.






The overlook at the local town park overlooking the protected Duxbury Reef





I've been to this overlook several times and it never gets old.





Looking back at Tiburon and Angel Island





Sausalito at night - We had a nice dinner at Angelinos.  John Gray, the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was sitting at the table next to ours.  Somehow Kris recognized him.




Muir Woods was so nice and peaceful.  Between there and Yosemite - it made me really appreciate those that came before us (Like Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, William and Elizabeth Kent, etc) that had the forethought to protect these beautiful areas.  Tip - go early in the morning and be there when they open at 8am to get a parking space and beat the crowds.  










And of course, we had to do the other San Francisco touristy thing - take the kids for a ride on the cable cars.




Looking towards Coit Tower, Treasure Island, and the Bay Bridge from atop Lombard Street.




There was a Kite Foil Race Series happening on the bay while we were there.



Chinatown - we happened upon a celebration occurring on a closed off street.






Our little monkey

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