Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Day 13 - Rainy day in San Francisco

Friday, April 2nd

Other than wind in Vegas we have been very fortunate with the weather until today.  Rain in the Bay area ..... I guess we will be doing the motorcoach bus tour over the motorized street car.  It is foggy her so the pictures are going to be so so ... but that is the Bay area and now we can say we have seen a sunny SF day and a foggy, rainy one.

We packed up and checked out of the hotel in Lynnwood after our tour today we are going to cross the Golden Gate (Hwy 101) and stay in North SF area tonight probably around Santa Rosa.

One of the only pictures I got off with D3000, should have checked the battery the night before .... the day was shot with the point and shoot ...... The Bay Bridge in the fog.

Empty Street Car

The rolling hill streets of San Fran

Love the name .... probably a great place to eat

Gorgeous Catholic church

City Hall, encrusted in gold

Motorcoach self portrait, Hailey looks thrilled

Victorian Home, painted lady as it uses 3 colors in its color scheme most only use 2

Painted wall

View from Twin Peaks

A little rain can't hinder our smiles

Hailey all bundled up for the ride at our stop at Golden Gate Park, this is the area around the Japanese Tea Garden which we didn't see as we only had 15 minutes at the stop and it was a $7 entry each.

About to cross the Golden Gate on the bus in the fog

Across the Golden Gate

It started raining pretty hard and was windy so Hailey and I stayed on the bus however, Ian got some pictures and someone took a picture of him and the bridge.

Hailey was pretty happy when her Daddy came back to the bus.

All done the tour, headed back to Pier 39 for a bite to eat.  It was much quieter in the rain so, we took some photos with the famous carasouel.

The view from the upper floor of Pier 39 where all the yummy restuarants are.

The skies started to clear as we ventured across the bridge in the MINI which was great as we wanted to drive a bit of the coast.  Hailey was fast asleep in her carseat after our big tour.

Sharpie was HERE!

This photo was taken about 2 hours after we were at the bridge viewing area the first time what a difference without the rain.

What a weather change.  However, the car is now dirty which depresses Ian.

San Fran view from the GG Bridge viewing area.  The first time you couldn't see across the bay because of the fog.  Bye, bye San Fran.  I already miss the sourdough.

And we are off for a drive along Hwy 1 the coast road.  The sun is shining now.

The road had lots of twists, turns and switchbacks which Ian says is perfect MINI driving.

The sky is blue, I love how this tree grew.

The Pacific Ocean ..... we would love to show you more pictures but by this point in the day both camera batteries are dead so the rest of the drive along the ocean had to be pressed into our memories.

We stayed the night in Rohnert Park in a Best Western again.  It was a great room, we were only 5 miles from the Santa Rosa area.  After a rainy start to the day, the late afternoon and evening turned out great.

I did the laundry again.  Hailey hit the sheets by 8:30 and we all had a great sleep in this quiet hotel.  It was Good Friday today as well ... though when you are on a road trip vacation it is hard to notice the holidays such as this.

We plan to start driving towards Oregon tomorrow but we want to take the #1 for awhile so it is going to be a slower drive.  Hopefully the weather isn't that back.   I don't think we will make it to Oregon tomorrow night just probably the end of California. 


Tracy.H said...

Love the #1...can be a bit hard on the stomach at times, but it is beautiful! Looks like you all had a great day! :0)

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Allison said...

Takes me back! Brad loved driving all those roads in his Porsche too. Everytime he sees those on some car show, he yearns to go back!