Travels With Caroline – Part 4

The drive from Ft. Bragg (Mendocino) was beautiful, and some of the scariest driving I’ve done.  Winding, narrow roads, along the cliff with no guard rails in many places, hairpin turns.  In several places the road had washed out on the cliff side, and it was down to one lane, temporary traffic lights regulating flow.  My palms were sweating for much of the drive.  But the vista were amazing, when I could look at them.


California coast nik

California coast impressions2


We stopped at the Point Arena lighthouse, a stop well worth the time.  The site features a small museum and gift hop and tours of the lighthouse, requiring a climb up 140+ stairs up a circular staircase.  The climb was well worth it for the views, and the guides were very informative.

Pa lighthouse

Port arena lighthouse

Califofnia coast from lighthouse


Caroline on top of Point Arena lighthouse.

Caroline on lighthouse


Leaving Point Arena, we continued south on the coast highway, slowly I  might add.  Conditions did not allow for driving much over 25-30 miles per hour for long stretches.  We had a very forgettable lunch at the Lucas Wharf in Bodega Bay, then shortly after lunch  CA 1, our highway, turned inland and the driving got easier.  We then cut over through some very pretty farming and wine country and joined CA 101 and headed into San Francisco.

In San Francisco, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, conveniently located to the tourist attractions of Fisherman’™s Wharf and to the bus stop for the tour bus, Big Bus.  We ate dinner at a mediocre Italian restaurant then called it a day.

Next morning we hit the bricks early, actually the hop-on hop-off Big Bus, and started to see San Francisco.  the first stop was the Ferry Building.

Ferry building

Ferry bldg clock tower

Inside ferry bldg

Near ferry bld 1


Caroline outside Ferry Building.  Shopping of course.

Caroline at ferry bldg


The Big Bus was a popular way t get around San Francisco as a tourist.  This is the crowd waiting to board two full busses stopped at Union Square.

Line waiting for hop on bus at union square


I don’t think this guy was waiting for the bus.

Catching a nap


We rode the Big Bus across the Golden Gate Bridge, sitting on the open top of the bus.  at 50 or so miles per hour, it was a windy, cold experience, but great views. Here is a view of Alcatraz in the distance as the bus went across the bridge.

Alcatraz from bridge


Some other views from the bus:

Another view from the bridge

Bay from bus in parling lot


We spent some time in Chinatown of course.

Entrance to chinatown

Chinatown 1

Chinatown 3


Caroline loves socks.

Sock store


A couple of other shops in Chinatown:

Shop in chinatown

Shop in chinatown 2


Some other views around the town:

Land of the sunÂ


Sf 1 park

Sf 2

Sf 4

Sf 5

Change in the world


We rode the cable car up to the top of Lombard Street, the most windy street in the world, or at least in San Francisco.

View from nob hill 1

View up nob hill


Finally a pencil sketch of a gnarled old tree that caught my attention.

Tree oft pencil


Unfortunately, we had to return to reality.  A really great trip with my daughter.

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