Since it’s Labor Day weekend, a travel related post is very apropos. Normally, Susie and I wouldn’t even be in town. But we were in St. Augustine for July 4th weekend, so it’s too soon to go back there. We were in Panama City Beach for Memorial Day weekend and that’s starting to wear too. Plus, I’m exhausted from a lot of something I dislike – lots of manual labor at work. (That’s an upcoming post so I won’t elaborate now.)
Since I’m not traveling this weekend, the least I can do is think about traveling. And there is something to think about: where to go for our Fall trip, probably Thanksgiving week. I’ve got a free Southwest ticket that expires in December.
After Vegas, which is in a category of its own, our favorite city in the U.S. is San Francisco. We’ve been there many times, often in conjunction with a reunion of my high school group. Our last visit was in 2007.
Since we were in Vegas in May, that’s not a contender. So, California is looking very good. Because we’ve been to San Francisco over a half dozen times, I’m looking for something “new” to visit in the Golden State.
On one of our trips, we drove from San Francisco into the wine country and then down the Pacific Coast Highway through Big Sur. But we’ve never been down the northern California coast. That’s what I’m planning for.
At this point, the itinerary appears to be to fly into Sacramento. Next day, we head north on I-5 to Redding. That will be our jump off point to then head east to Lassen Volcanic National Park and then west to the coast, ending up at Eureka in redwood country. From Eureka, we’ll drive the coast all the way south to San Francisco, Big Sur and end in San Luis Obispo. Then we can fly back to Florida through either San Jose or San Francisco.
It’s a good thing I like driving trips. Just from Eureka to San Luis Obispo is 500 miles. We’ll probably easily put 800 miles on the rental car on this trip.
Although I have a travel photo website, I have many photos which are not on it because the trips were before I owned a digital camera. After our early trips to San Francisco, I didn’t take photos on subsequent trips. But when I realized how “ancient” my San Francisco photos were, I decided to take my digital camera on the last two trips. I’ll probably combine those with our northern California coast trip photos for the website.
Until then, here’s a few of my favorite San Francisco photos (which you can view “full size” by clicking on the photo):
This photo is a classic example of the “new” and “old” in San Francisco. I’ve no idea what the “old” building is, but the “new” is of course the iconic Transamerica Tower.
The Pier 39 shopping center, a short walk east from Fisherman’s Wharf, is our favorite hang out. Less touristy, and without the tacky souvenir stores that are found in the Wharf area.
Alcatraz is a huge attraction which often sells out of tickets and so you need to make advance reservations. We went years ago, before it was renovated. We’ve not been interested in going again to see the “updates.” In the foreground are historic ships at Hyde Pier which, for a fee, you can visit.
These are the streets San Francisco is famous for. This is in the Russian Hill area, where the “World’s Crookedest Street” is.
I’ve visited the New York City Chinatown and San Francisco wins hands down. We always have one lunch here, usually a “take out” of “lechon” (roasted pig) from a butcher and some sweet rice cakes from a bakery for dessert.
I’ll leave you with the Mamas and Papas….