Day One: San Luis Obispo
We spent the morning taking a nice, leisurely walk around SLO, including the mission and the riverwalk.
|San Luis Obispo Mission - c 1772.|
|The Mission Bell.|
|The Madonna Inn. Famous for the wacky rooms and waterfall urinals.|
|We have family that live in Davenport. In Iowa. We had to get this shot!|
|Spectacular beach views.|
|Scenic views everywhere.|
|Crazy highways along the coast. When I first read this sign, I thought it said "Curve Happens" - like a traffic sign person's sense of humor, playing off "shit happens".|
|We took a stop in Santa Cruz to walk the boardwalk and visit the ocean.|
|A turnout off of Hwy 1 where people were kite-boarding. So cool to watch!|
|We LOVE the palm trees everywhere.|
We stopped to visit with Andrew's nana again, shared some cake and some stories with her family, and then settled into our hotel in Union Square. We ate dinner with a homeless guy sitting directly outside the window, staring directly at us. Big city stuff! I woke early the next day thanks to a wonderful protest happening in Union Square that ended around 8:15-which is when I had hoped to wake up.
My mom has never been to San Fran before so we had a really ambitious day planned. We'll pretend that I didn't have a cold the entire trip back, okay?
First stop: Ferry Building farmers market.
|Love farmer's market!|
|The Ferry Building offers a farmers market. I had the BEST french toast of my life here!|
|I really wish I had bought this bag!|
|We rode the street car, but missed out on the cable car ride (next time!).|
Next stop - Alcatraz!!!
One of the few tourist places I haven't been in the city. I'm so glad we were able to go, it really is a great historic site. It's run by the state as a national park and it's pretty amazing the way they have it set up for tourism. I would guess there were 3000 people who visit a day, at about $25 each. And there isn't a whole lot of staff on the island from what we could tell, so I would venture to guess they are making a fair bit of money from this place. It is well worth the $25 we spent, very educational and the most amazing views of the city.
|A lovely place to visit...but I wouldn't wanna live there!|
|The only known picture of my mom in jail (that I'm aware of).|
|View of the city from Alcatraz.|
Next stop was Lombard street - the crookedest (and strangest) street in the world-which we drove down, but it was getting too dark to take photos.
After Lombard was a quick stop at Coit Tower for a view of the city - but we ended up not going in the tower, just looking out from a few vantage points before hitting the road.
|Coit Tower - I wanted the blue of the sky, so you just have to accept the dark portraits. But look at that sky!|
|This was part of every single day in our travels in California. Where are all these people going???|
Day Three: no photos - just driving. Lots and lots of driving.
And then I was home. After 7 days on the road, 2350 miles on my new car, over 1000 photos, a lot of traffic jams and a lot of site-seeing...back to the house, where it's just me and the kitties until mid-May.
A whole new world begins....