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Where's the Ocean?

When driving down California Hwy. 1 there should be magnificent views of the rugged coastline and the ocean. I know this because I’ve done this before and its beautiful. I’m afraid Karen will just have to take my word for it, we were in the fog for 200 miles. At first it looked like it might clear up, but then it would get socked in again.
Point Arena Lighthouse in the fog.

Point Arena Lighthouse in the fog.

Point Arena

Point Arena


We did make several stops along our route today even with the fog. The first stop was in the quaint little town of Mendocino. I desperately wanted a good cup of coffee. No luck there so we drove on. Our next side trip was out to the Point Arena Lighthouse. Unfortunately it wasn’t open yet. We took a couple of pictures and went on our way. Then we stopped at Ft. Ross, an old Russian fort along the north coast. We spent quite a bit of time there learning much about its history. There was a school field trip at the fort while we were there. They were having quite an experience.
Fort Ross State Park

Fort Ross State Park

Changing of the guard

Changing of the guard

Guns at Ft. Ross

Guns at Ft. Ross


Ans so it went, all the way to San Francisco. Passing through quaint little towns and through very pretty countryside. One of my favorite smells on the planet is the scent of the Eucalyptus trees when the fog rolls in. All along the north coast there are groves of the huge Eucalyptus trees. Oh it brought back so many fond memories. The closer we got the San Francisco the more traffic we encountered. Then, beyond Stinson Beech, Hwy. 1 was closed. We had to take a long, crowded detour through Mt. Tamilpias State Park. I thought Hwy. 1 was twisty, oh my gosh was I surprised. We climbed about 2,000 feet in elevation in just a few miles. How do these motor homes make it?
Sweet smelling Eucalyptus trees

Sweet smelling Eucalyptus trees


Mt Tamilpias State Park

Mt Tamilpias State Park


We finally took a lunch break while in the park. Our lunch in San Francisco just wouldn’t do. By the time we got to SF it was rush hour and the traffic was awful. We did make it down to Fisherman’s Wharf eventually, but it was so crowded that we didn’t stay long. We opted to drive over to Fort Point to go walking instead. We had a great walk to unwind and let traffic thin down a bit.
Alcatraz and a harbor tour boat

Alcatraz and a harbor tour boat

The Golden Gate Bridge?

The Golden Gate Bridge?


Finally we started the final leg of our day’s journey to Half Moon Bay. In an hour and a half we were checking into our room for the night and deciding what to do about dinner. It has been another 200+ mile day and I’m beat. As I finish this chapter with beer in hand I think I’m going to have a good night sleep.

Until tomorrow,

Jim

Posted by olytrains 22:37

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