Oh, yeah, and then everywhere around here has vaguely Spanish-sounding names. San Francisco. San Rafael. Point Reyes. Sausalito. Tiburon. Corte Madera. El Cerrito. El Sobrante. Pinole. Etc.
For a Midwesterner like me, where everything is either vaguely French, vaguely German, vaguely Native American, and all very mish-mashed...yeah, it feels a bit foreign.
But I already talked about that last time and I don't really want to occupy your time with these semi-ignorant sentiments.
So, let us commence with the pictures!
|Yesterday we went into San Francisco, crossing over the Golden|
Gate Bridge (and paying the toll fee for entrance) of course.
|Once in the city, we nearly killed ourselves driving down|
the famous, steep, multi-tiered hills of San Francisco.
|A view from the bottom; note, we are not dead in this picture.|
|We picked up bikes in Fisherman's Wharf and rode toward the bridge|
(yes, I know we just crossed it). As a side note, it took the entire day
for the clouds to clear from over the pylons.
|Alcatraz Island. Sorry about the blurry quality, this is what I get for|
using the pictures off my phone. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go
to the island itself, but we managed to get a lot of great pics.
|Told you it would clear. Those hills/mountains on the far side of the bridge|
(so, the not-SanFran side) fascinated me all throughout the day.
I never could get a good picture of them that really captured
the wonder I felt when looking upon them.
|The town of Sausalito from above. After reaching the far side of the bay,|
we had to bike down to Sausalito to take a ferry back across to Fisherman's Wharf.
|Today we drove out to Point Reyes National Coastline. It sits on|
a peninsula that juts 10 miles out into the Pacific Ocean.
|...and because of this, they built a lighthouse on the furthest point of the cliffside.|
A lighthouse that we naturally decided to climb down to.
You would not believe how windy it was.
Old...and out of commission. But...
|This is a whale skull. It is, perhaps, the weirdest-looking|
relic of a living creature that I have ever seen.
|After visiting the lighthouse, we decided to drive down to the Pacific beach.|
It was very lonely and serene. Which was perfect.
For now, though, I need to get ready for the rest of the week (and then school after that).