Sep 24, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
. lots of good fresh food and LARGE selection of fruit .....dont know why so many eat the fast food, I found a pile of magazines we dont get in NZ and got them .... House and Garden and Craft ones. Left there around 3pm and pulled into Oakland about 3.30pm, saw old buildings and one that had Cowboy Museum plastered across it, they had the Junior Rodeo in town today ... would love to have taken Briar, she is in awe of this place!! found all the hotels and thought we would try a Holiday Inn, got settled and kids had a long swim, getting a bit cool for swims but still not bad, Don had a big sleep after 2 disprins one of about 3 headaches he gets in a year but theyre always good ones. I Had our happy hour alone then across to the Steakhouse ... Ryderz, was such a nice meal good fresh salad, steamed veges, steak and baked potato, feel real good. Back to the hotel and all in bed by 9pm.
Salsalito to Oakdale .....Up and organised, got some breakfast from the office plus a couple bananas and muffins for later, found parking in the Salsalito village (quaint seaside village just to the north of the Golden Gate bridge) had a look around and bought some souvenirs, really cheap shop full of clothing and bags, nice jackets for wind and rain $21. Left around 11am and went over the Golden Gate bridge again which was covered in fog and through town out the otherside and Over the Bay bridge another huge bridge .... the city is MASSIVE seems bigger than LA (LA spread out more) San Fran is more condensed. Stayed on the Freeway for miles out of the city and relaxed, Don doing real well with his driving, everyting is just BIG over here and saw hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines along the hills. Stopped at Tracy, by this time it was 2pm and tried out a burger chain we hadnt even heard of .... Carls Jnr and had the usual, then found a supermarket and had a look..... 36 eggs $5.00, 2 gallons milk $6.00, the cleaners, packet stuff, bikkies and snacks similar price to ours, meat $1.83 a pound and potatoes 99c pound, was interesting...