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Slideshows of California trip

We recently visited California for almost 3 weeks.   We blogged about the visit as we went along.  Although a bit overdue, I compiled the visit into a series of slide shows.

We started our trip by visiting the awesome national parks of Sequoia and Yosemite.  Below are some slide shows for that part of our trip:

Then we spent a few days in the wine country.  We started in Napa and made our way to Sonoma.  Below are slide shows for the wine country:

We then made it to San Francisco, visiting more national parks, Alcatraz, the city, and Haite Ashbury, the birthplace of the hippy movement.  Below are slide shows:

We then headed south to see the Hearst Castle, built by William Randolph Hearst.  Upon leaving the castle, we drove the Pacific Coast Highway up north through Big Sur to Carmel, the hometown of Clint Eastwood.  The next day we drove the 17 mile road through scenic Pebble Beach.  sideshows:

After leaving California, we made our way through Nevada, visiting the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.  Here are slide shows from that visit:

What’s Next?

In a few weeks, we are planning a 3 month trip to the Northwest USA.  We plan to see Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Titans, Oregon, Washington, Vancouver and Victoria Island.   Talk to you soon!

Three days in San Francisco

We decided to spend three days in San Francisco because it has so much to offer.  As we drove into the town, we were taken aback by the price of gas.

Want to pay over 5 bucks a gallon?

Want to pay over 5 bucks a gallon?

On 0ur first day in San Francisco, we visited the Point Reyes National Park, we blogged about that here: https://webetripping.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/cool-lighthouse-at-point-reyes-national-park/.

On our second day, we visited the hippie area of town called Haight Ashbury.  This is where the hippie movement started and is where Jimmy Hendricks, Janice Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Hells Angels and many more groups dwelled in the 60’s.

The hippy movement

The hippie movement

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

Our tour guide

We visited The Grateful Dead’s home during the 60’s.

The Grateful Dead's house

The Grateful Dead’s house

Haight

Haight

This was funny — during our walk we saw this flyer at this house.  I guess this homeowner had hit the limit with people urinating on his doorstep.

No urinating!

No urinating!

On the third day of our trip, we took a city tour and then visited Alcatraz.   Here are some pics we took along the way.

7 painted sisters - Victorian architecture

7 painted sisters – Victorian architecture

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman’s Wharf

Fresh crab in Fisherman's Wharf

Fresh crab in Fisherman’s Wharf

Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Iconic Golden Gate Bridge

Cable cars

Cable cars

Lombard Street -- curviest street in America -- we drove it!

Lombard Street — curviest street in America — we drove it!

Cable car museum

Cable car museum

China town

China town

Beautiful museum

Beautiful museum

This swam was nesting -- notice the eggs

This swam was nesting — notice the eggs

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Mossed over roofs at Alcatraz

Mossed over roofs at Alcatraz

How would you like to stay here?

How would you like to stay here?

The wardon's home at Alcatraz

The warden’s home at Alcatraz

Cool Lighthouse at Point Reyes National Park

About an hour north of San Francisco is Point Reyes National Park.  Once you arrive, you can drive about 30 minutes more to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.  During the drive up, you cannot see the lighthouse.  In fact, you have to hike to the top of the point and ascend down the backside of the point to see it.  The only other way to see it is from the Pacific Ocean.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse

As we hiked up to the lighthouse, we shot some incredible pictures.

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

 Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

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Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

To reach the lighthouse, you have descend down 400 stair steps.  That’s the easy part, coming back up is more of a challenge!

400 steps

400 steps

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

Point Reyes National Park

When we reached the lighthouse, we saw several whales swimming around.  I was not able to catch any great pictures of it, but it was really great to see.  You could hear them blowing through their blow holes.  Incredible!

Whale

Whale

After visiting the lighthouse, we took a couple of hikes in other areas of the park.  One of the things we saw as we were driving to the hikes was something that looked like a cross between a kangaroo and a deer.  Jackalope perhaps?

Deer? Kangaroo? Jackalope?

Deer? Kangaroo? Jackalope?

We first hiked the Earthquake Trail.  This is set right on the San Andreas fault.  This was a little unnerving!

Earthquake Trail

Earthquake Trail

Our second hike was the Kule Loklo trail, a brilliantly reconstructed Miwuk village that sheds light on the daily lives of the region’s first inhabitants.

Second Hike

Kule Loklo Hike

Second Hike

Kule Loklo Hike

Lynn almost stepped on this!

Lynn almost stepped on this!

We stopped by Drake Beach and stumbled on to a beautiful seagull.

Drake Beach

Drake Beach

Drake Beach

Drake Beach

After a long day of hiking, we made it back to San Francisco to find that the fog had settled in. What a great way to end a day!

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco