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the “sort-of” San Francisco trip…

October 20, 2010

So, I call this the “sort-of” San Fran trip because, well…  we didn’t actually spend much time in San Fran proper.  We only had two needs to fulfill in the city…

Number one:  Hashi needed to see Alcatraz.

Number two: I needed to finally  make my way across the famous Golden Gate bridge.

That left us with plenty of time to explore the beautiful outdoors  just a short trek from the city!  It even started on our drive north, when we detoured to check out Pinnacles National Monument.  Probably not the best idea midday in 90+ degrees, but we hiked anyway!

On our first full day up North we explored Muir woods (along with every other tourist ever).  Then a quick an beautiful drive through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area brought us to Point Reyes Station, just in time for the AMAZING Cowgirl Creamery cheese tasting I’d been dreaming (drooling) about since trip planning started.  This was followed by my very first raw oyster smack dab in the middle of Tomales Bay. Which, much to my surprise, I totally enjoyed!

It turns out our timing for the trip couldn’t have been much more perfect, you see if you head west after crossing the Golden Gate bridge, sit at a red light for 5 minutes and then drive through a one lane tunnel you find yourself smack in the middle of the Marin Headlands State Park,  home to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, open to the public only a few hours a weekend, open to us right on time!  Even better than that… just around the corner are two crazy military bunkers buried in a mountain under dirt & concrete.  Prior to WWII they were constructed to house an enormous canon perched high above the San Fran Bay for protection.  Best part… they are only open by guided tour the first weekend of each month.  The same day we visited.  Such luck !

We headed even farther out of town our final full day of vacation… right up to Sonoma & Napa.  Being that we’re way more into beer than wine we spent the day checking out a fly-fishin’ pond, the local farmers goodies, the northern most California Mission, and wrapped up our stay with the best fried chicken dinner e.v.e.r. (complete review of that meal coming soon)!!!

I think it’s safe to say that there will be many more trips to the Bay Area… there is still so much to see & I could really go for another round of oysters!

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