North Bay San Rafael
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... on the plane back to LA! Even though SF was one of my first cities on my RTW trip, I am confident it'll be one of my favourites. It reminded me of Melbourne back in Aus and I would definitely come back if I get a chance in the future. I have to thank Siri for firstly letting me crash on his couch and also lending me his bike to ride around the city. What a way to see the city! However, the hills are punishing and I got my fair share of exercise. Until next time SF... Stay ...
... out a pod of dolphin playing offshore to a family looking for whales. I tell that that they're in the same family as whales, so a dolphin sighting counts! They seem pleased with this compromise. After our walkabout and photos, it's south again.
We stop in a community called "Gualala" at a small supermarket for deli sandwiches. We observe another change here, and this time it's the people. This is an escape for the ...
... had both read the book while Dad and the girls saw the new Disney movie 'Into the Woods'. They were both great movies.
To top off a day of firsts we had dinner at Mel's Diner. It looked like it had just been pulled out of a 60s movie, from the decor to the booths. The food was really good and we didn't have to wait long despite the place being packed since not many restaurants were open.
Another big but enjoyable day. Left Monterey by 9:35. There were a lot of sand dunes as we drove out of the Monterey area. Dunes were on both sides of the highway and buildings were scattered amongst them. After we'd left Monterey we quickly hit rural farmland. There were signs all along the sides of the road advertising fresh produce eg. avocados 7 for $1, grapefruits 10 for $1. Miles and miles of farmland with the odd farmhouse, shed or roadside stall. Sometimes in the field ...
... Straight after lunch was the mandatory trolley car which took us down to Fisherman's Wharf ($6 per ride!). Definitely cooler here but beautiful sun and the Sunday afternoon had hordes of people along the waterfront. A quick walk around Fisherman's Wharf determined it is worthy of return trip and proper look. Seafood aplenty. We had a little explore and began the walk back to the hotel for dinner via Hyde Street.