June 02, 2012

Marin County and San Fran Exploring

Tuesday morning we packed up the family, put the dogs in their cage in the back of the truck, attached the trailer and drove to San Francisco! We had an RV park booked in Novato, about 20 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were not many RV park choices around San Fran, it was kind of surprising.

That evening we drove down highway 101 to San Rafael, and then on to Sausalito. What an adorable bay town Sausalito is! The little city on the mountain side, with adorable homes, awesome views of San Fran, and a picturesque dock: I was in love.

Mission of San Rafael
San Fran views from Sausalito
The Sausalito dock at night
We had, you guessed it, Thai food for dinner, and then walked around the waterfront streets and admired the huge yachts docked on the marina.

Wednesday we ventured to Muir Woods, and walked around under the giant trees. We saw a 5 inch long slug that was about the size of a corn dog. Sky was smitten with the hugeness of the trees.

Sky studying the slug up close
HUGE trees in Muir Woods!
Afterwards, we drove to the Golden Gate National Rec Area to eat lunch and admire the epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. We rounded out the day with a HUGE pizza from a local restaurant in Tiburon, another harbor city just north of Sausalito.

Golden Gate Bridge
HUGE pizza in Tiburon!
Thursday we spent all day in San Francisco. We got lunch in Chinatown, then caught a boat tour to Alcatraz Island. After the very interesting tour of this historic prison we ate clam chowder at the Fisherman’s Wharf and then had the famous Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista CafĂ©. All in all, it was a pretty epic day.

A visit to Alcatraz Island
NUM Clam Chowder on Fisherman's Wharf
My family at the Buena Vista Cafe
Around San Fran at night
Friday was my parent’s last day on the coast, so we decided to spend it by driving up the coast and relaxing. We drove to Bodega Bay, and quickly discovered that it was not going to be as warm as we had expected. In fact, it was in the low 60’s and very windy. We grabbed a very deep fried, but horribly delicious lunch of local seafood in Bodega, then drove out to Bodega Head and found a pocket beach below the cliffs. There we were mostly shielded from the wind, so we relaxed the rest of the afternoon, taking naps on the sand.

Deep fried goodness in Bodega Bay
The beach in Bodega Bay
Driving up the coast on Highway 1
Views off of Highway 1
Views off of Highway 1
For more pictures of Marin County click here and San Francisco from my parents visit click here.

Happy California Vacations,


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