Bay Front Inn
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Our first stop of the day was the beach in Santa Cruz. We walked up the beach and back, picking up some litter and talking.
Then we drove north to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and walked through huge, ancient redwoods. I read aloud to our group from the visitor's trail guide; we stepped inside a hollowed out tree that some explorer had spent the night in a hundred years ago. I learned the ...
... of the best aquariums in the world. The place was huge and kept us busy for a number of hours. It is also situated right on the bay so the outside is very picturesque.
We checked out part of the bay and the seals ...
Saturday, September 14 - Today is the day we get to see Lilly! We left Sacramento and drove by Suisun Bay just northeast of Oakland and San Francisco, CA. This is where many of the Navy ships are left at anchor when they are de-commmissioned. It is called the Suisun Bay Ship Graveyard. Hard to believe these ships can't be used for something because there certainly are a lot of them!
We arrived in ...
... coast by highway 1. This highway takes you right next to the ocean. Breathtaking views! But as we got farther up the coast, the road became more and more twisty. I was driving to give Paul a break. During the middle of this drive Paul said, "This isn't traffic, but it is still stressful". As crazy as the road was, it was so worth it for the view.
From the water - We got to ...
... A rather disgusting attraction (an alleyway full of bubblegum), but I guess happy people chew a lot of gum??
As we worked our way up highway one (a must do drive if you get the chance) we passed through some amazing spots. One of the first took us by complete surprise. We saw Zebras on the side of the road. Yup, Zebras! These all belonged to a man called William Hearst, who had the castle built over 30 years starting in 1919. ...