Thursday, May 23, 2013

Trip to California

Back in April my husband treated the both of us to a little vacation in honor of my birthday and our upcoming anniversary (this summer we will have been married a quarter of a century:).  We went to California, a state neither one of us had ever been to before.

We flew into San Francisco, then rented a car and drove about an hour north to where we were staying.

Driving across the famous Golden Gate Bridge while the fog is creeping in:

We didn't take time to visit Alcatraz, but we saw it several times as we drove across the bridge:
Walking around Chinatown:

Our forays into San Francisco were brief.  It was enjoyable just to see it (and its vertical streets!), but to really get the most out of it you need to stay in the city.  And it would be a big help to have a local person show you the ropes about getting around.  We had no problems in the Chinatown area, but on our last day before we went back to the airport we -- in our ignorance -- drove into a section of the city that was like trying to drive in downtown NYC  -- very chaotic and very stressful!!  We got out of there as quickly as possible, but that meant we didn't get to ride the cable car:( However, we did eat lunch at Tartine Bakery.  We couldn't buy their famous sourdough because that only gets out of the oven in the late afternoon and we had to catch our plane, but the lunch was still delicious.

Most of our trip was spent outside.  We went to Muir Woods and walked the trails amid the redwoods.
We drove from there to Stinson Beach.  Here we are stopped at some roadside trails along the coastline.
We stayed in Napa.  Our hotel had a lovely courtyard with lots of flowers and a small pond that was home to two nesting swan couples, as well as quite a few ducks.  Here are the two white swans:
The flowers in this part of California were quite spectacular and probably my favorite part.  Don't you just love this gate?

Mostly we just enjoyed meandering around, having no agenda.  We drove around and saw vineyards and cows and cute little houses, and we went on small hikes.  On our next to last day we went on a five-mile hike in a state park near Napa.  Thankfully we saw no mountain lions (although there was a warning at the entrance to the trail), but we did see some turkeys:

And some deer.  This deer was bedded down near the trail, and she never moved despite our proximity,  making us wonder if a baby was coming, or maybe she was just used to people.

Here is a picture of us after going out to eat one night, tired but happy:


  1. Some great pictures there. Love where you were staying.

  2. What a wonderful vacation! I would sure like to see those redwood trees.

  3. I am sooooooooooo glad you had that get ready to go again this traveling girl. This is just a wonderful birthday trip. I love the has been years since I visited SF...and aren't the trees just wonderful in Muir woods?
    What great memories...what a wonderful marriage builder.

  4. What fun...a just-the-two-of-you getaway!! It was nice to see a picture of your husband; I don't think I've seen one before. Looks like you had a fabulous time. And you got some great pictures, too! The fog over the Golden Gate Bridge...the view of the redwoods...the picture of Chinatown with the fringed thingamajig (?) in the foreground...all beautiful, each in its own way. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  5. Wonderful photos Angela! What a really lovely trip to celebrate both your birthday and forthcoming wedding anniversary. Especially lovely to see the pics of the two of you - you look so "meant" - beautiful. E x

  6. Sounds like a great trip. I was lucky enough to go to California about 10 years ago and spent the final weekend in SF. It's a beautiful city with so much to see and do - I wish I could have stayed longer. You'll just have to go back for your next 'big' birthday or anniversary :-) x

  7. Oh, it sounds like you had such a great time. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in San Francisco and I always remember it fondly, I love that city. Lovely photos of you and your husband, you both look very happy. x

  8. That trip looks SO nice. I like the part about "meandering around, having no agenda." I've never been to California either. Chinatown sounds fun :)

  9. You got some great photos, of places very close to where I live! My favorite is of the swans with the blue flowers.


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