Category: USA

Last Day is SF Area

Downtown SF from San Bruno Mountain

Today was last day of out trip. We took the opportunity drive up to San Bruno Mountain and take a bird’s eye view over the San Francisco and surrounds.  The pacific fog cleared long enough for some decent shots of the SF downtown. We flew out of SFX late at night.

Santa Cruz

Facade of the Palomar Inn

We arrived in Santa Cruz, on the north end of the Monteray Bay in late afternoon. We wondered around a bit, shopped a bit, and took in the very California come “West Coast” feel of the place. Downtown Santa Cruz is a mixture of buildings of differing styles and ages, some  ugly and utilitarian and …

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

After a nice lunch at Pescadero, we continued south along the coast, until we reached the our second stop – the Pigeon Point Lighthouse.   Alas the pacific fog was still with us.

Pacific Coast Drive

Pescadero Marshland

Today we decided to have a slow start and then do a drive from San Mateo to Santa Cruz, along the Pacific Ocean. As soon as we crested the ridge between SF bay are and the Pacific coast, we drove into the bank of ocean fog, which provided a rather ghostly atmosphere for the drive. …

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Coyote Point – San Mateo

Seagull at the Coyote Point Park

Today we slept in a bit and then visited the Coyote Point recreation park. The park is a nice quiet space and faces out on the San Francisco Bay. it is obviously a good local relaxation and sports area. There were people joging, playing games, a wedding party or 2,  a man meditating on the …

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San Francisco

San Francisco Today we finally made it into downtown San Francisco. It was windy and the fog shrouded the Golden Gate bridge, just as you would expect to see in October.. We wondered around a bit and explored the Fisherman’s Wharf area of the city. This is where I found the Nyckelharpa player and got …

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San Jose

Introduction Visit to San Jose was mostly a diversion from going into San Francisco, but also and to have a look around the other cities in the SF area, and to appease Kim’s curiosity – she was here 28 years ago. It is obvious that the Silicon Valley companies have bought great riches to San …

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Transit Day – Toronto to San Francisco

Flight from Toronto to San Francisco After a mere 6 hour flight on a Air Canada Airbus A319, and we are in San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and after a meander through the sprawling terminal, a shuttle train ride, and a drive, we are at out hotel in nearby San Mateo. Australian traveller tips: Pearson …

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