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... and a little shopping then it was time to farewell Yosemite for now and head for San Mateo.....home for the next two nights. Had a short break at Merced Fruit Barn....same place as last year. It's a great break place. Drove onto San Jose where we had dinner at Buca di Beppo which is an Italian restaurant.....food was yummy yet again :) Checked into the hotel in San Mateo at 8.45pm.....another long ...
... br> We caught a taxi into town (cheaper for us than the bus/train because there are four of us!) and then waited for the famous trams to Fisherman's Wharf! They were really busy so Gary and I had to hang off the side - great fun and loved the drivers bell ringing. We went past Lombard St (more later) and got off at the end of the line.
Alcatraz was next on the list so we walked down to the ferry terminal - handy hint - buy tickets online and print them out, ...
So on Tuesday I headed out to Yosemite National Park (pronounced with a big YO), which is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours from San Francisco, that being said the tour company picked me up at 5:45am and we didn't get in until midday due to the circle work in the city picking everyone up. But it was totally worth it. Driving to Yosemite you pass the epic Almond Groves which produce 80% of the worlds almonds as well as ...
... at our hotel for the night and were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it looked. Grand mountain lodge chiminea fires and open pit fireplaces outside. The lobby was also very mountain lodge looking with a beautiful stone fireplace centrepiece.
After checking ...
... 120] over the Tioga pass to the west side was closed due to bushfires. (The 4th worst bushfires in California, ever.) We stopped at the Mariposa Grove just near the edge of the National Park to look at the grove of huge redwoods (sequoias). Wow, I have never seen such large trees, majestic and massive, if they could only tell a story or ...
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