Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
18Trip End Jul 16, 2010
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Perhaps the curviest road in America dropped us thousands of feet into the central valley of California. The land was smooth golden grass hills with stands of hardwoods. A farm or two would be sprinkled every couple of miles along the route with hand-painted signs advertising fruits and vegetables. It was rustic and quaint and stood in stark contrast to the bay area we were about to enter into
Our route circled the San Francisco Bay so that we could enter the city across the Golden Gate which we declared the symbol of our Pacific Terminus. The Golden Gate is not the biggest or longest bridge that I have ever crossed but there is still something grand about it and it is still an impressive structure to behold. We continued on Highway 1 through the city and headed toward the small seaside town of Pacifica where we would be spending a couple of nights.
Our hotel sat on a small stretch of dark sand called Rockaway Beach and we could not have asked for a better place to relax and unwind. Two large promontories of wildflower covered ridges jutted out into the sea surrounding the beach and sharp isles of rocks stuck out of the crashing ocean waves at the point of each. As I settled in a little Hannah walked along the beach and spotted a whale swimming off shore. That night we had a few glasses of wine and a nice dinner at a restaurant overlooking our small secluded beach as the sun set. We raised our glasses and toasted to the journey of a lifetime for us both and the experiences we had enjoyed so far . . . and we still had a whole country to explore on the way back home. It was easy for us both to smile at the thought of that.
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