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Archive for January 2016

Cross Country Roadtrip: San Francisco

Thursday, January 28, 2016

 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.
 
We left our campground early in the morning and drove to the Golden Gate National Recreation Center. We stopped at one of the Visitor Centers and asked where to go to get good pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park ranger suggested Battery Spencer and Vista Point.

san francisco golden gate bridge

san francisco golden gate bridge

san francisco golden gate bridge
Finn wasn't a big fan of this area because it was so windy!

san francisco golden gate bridge

san francisco golden gate bridge

san francisco golden gate bridge

san francisco fishermans warf
Our next stop was Fisherman's Wharf, which was a miserable experience. It was super crowded and there were metal drainage grates all over the ground, which terrified Finn. We ate lunch and then got out of there.

I had read online that the trolleys were dog friendly, so we went there next. While getting tickets, Sam found out that dogs were only allowed if they were muzzled. I hadn't read about that anywhere online. We weren't going to muzzle our dog, so we left.
san francisco
I suggested that we walk over to Lombard Street (the famous winding street), and we had to walk up some very steep hills to get there. Finn thought it was super fun, and was so happy to get away from crowds. He was our little billy goat dog, but the humans found it to be a very difficult walk.
san francisco lombard street

Next, Sam stopped at a Starbucks and I watched a trolley turnaround. 
We found San Francisco to be mostly miserable and not very dog friendly. We left earlier than we planned and drove to our next campground - Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It took us a long time to get there, so I'm glad we didn't spend much time in San Francisco. The next day we spent in Big Sur.

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Cross Country Roadtrip: Point Reyes

Thursday, January 21, 2016

 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.

We left Wright's Beach in the morning and drove down Highway 1 and the Sonoma Coast to Olema Campground. We weren't in a hurry to get to the campground, so we decided to stop anyplace that looked interesting. We drove into the town of Point Reyes Station, which had a very quaint mainstreet, so we stopped for breakfast at Station House Cafe. After breakfast we thought it would be fun to drive to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

We walked about 1/2 mile (I think) to get to the lighthouse, and we saw a family of deer.

point reyes lighthouse
The views were beautiful walking out to the lighthouse!

My photo:
point reyes lighthouse

Sam's photo (taken with film):
point reyes lighthouse

point reyes lighthouse

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Sam's photo (with light leak onto the film):
point reyes lighthouse

point reyes

point reyes

After visiting the lighthouse, we drove back into the town of Point Reyes and ate lunch at Osteria Stellina. We did some shopping and then drove to our campground for the night.

This was Finn's spot for the entire trip-my lap.
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Cross Country Roadtrip: Sonoma Coast

Thursday, January 14, 2016


After we had our morning beach time with Finn, we hit the road and drove down the Sonoma Coast. It was so beautiful, so we pulled over numerous times for photos.
sonoma coast vw camper van
We rented the van from Vintage Surfari Wagons.

sonoma coast

sonoma coast vw camper van

sonoma coast

sonoma coast

sonoma coast

Our stopping place on this day was a camp ground right outside of San Francisco. We took a leisurely drive to get there, and ended up stopping for several hours in Point Reyes, which is next week's point.

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Cross Country Roadtrip: Wright's Beach

Thursday, January 7, 2016

 This post is part of a series about our Cross Country Roadtrip. To see all the previous posts, click here.

We left Napa Valley and drove to Sonoma Coast State Park. We reached our campground, Wright's Beach, in the afternoon just in time for some beach time. Finn's favorite place in the entire world is the beach, especially when the weather is cool. We were here May 20-21, and it was extremely cold!
 Here we are at our camping spot with the VW van that we rented for our 9 days in California. Finn was cooperating with posing for photos because he knew how close the beach was.

All the photos in this post were taken by Sam with his film camera.

 Succulents everywhere.

dog friendly wrights beach
 Finally at the beach!

dog friendly wrights beach

dog friendly wrights beach
 Sam didn't mean to have a double exposure, but he thought it looked cool.

dog friendly wrights beach

dog friendly wrights beach

wright beach

wright beach campground
 After a bit of playtime, we went back to our campground because we were freezing!

irish terrier wrights beach
 The next  morning, I slept in and Finn and Sam went to the beach for playtime. Since it was early in the morning, no one else was on the beach so Finn got to run around without a leash.

irish terrier wrights beach
 Finn clearly enjoyed himself.

irish terrier wrights beach

irish terrier wrights beach

irish terrier wrights beach

irish terrier wrights beach
 After I woke up, we packed up to drive down the Sonoma Coast.

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