From the snow to the sea

Trip Start Mar 28, 2012
Trip End May 24, 2012

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Where I stayed
Mission Inn San Francisco
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Perhaps it was the altitude, but we had another very good night’s sleep. We ate breakfast, packed, checked out and headed off to Schats Bakery for coffee and for me a sesame bagel - with cream cheese of course.
We retraced our steps and drove for about 25 minutes north and then turned west to head over the Tioga Pass and into the Yosemite National Park. We took the opportunity to stop at a small lake we had noticed yesterday but had not had the opportunity to stop at. The water was still in the relatively early morning air and the light was just right. I have added four shots of ‘Dana Meadows Lake’ to the Yosemite set on Flickr - check them out.

We continued on through the Park for another 90 minutes before we emerged onto Route 120 and picked up signs for San Francisco. It was a fascinating five hour drive across a wide range of different kinds of scenery. The last and largest section was the irrigated San Joaquin Valley with its citrus groves, olives and almond trees in abundance - not to mention strawberries!

The sat-nav was suffering from a previous piece of programming that told it to avoid tolls so rather than take us across the Bay Bridge we had a long and circuitous route around the south end of San Francisco Bay and then north into the extensive metropolis that forms the Bay Area.

We found our Motel without any difficulty and were given the customary free upgrade on check-in. It is worth noting that this is the most expensive place on the entire odyssey to stay - three times the cost of staying in Las Vegas!

We drove to the waterfront area to spend the evening at Pier 39. Parking is $7/hour (4.50) but if you dine at one of the listed restaurants you get 2 hours credited. After a brief walk around (the gale off the Pacific was freezing!) we chose to eat Japanese - what else in the city of St Francis? We got a seat by the window with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge - it was magical - two icons in one view! The view was great - which is more than can be said for the food! I am not the greatest fan of Japanese food, but I have to say that my Chicken Teriyaki is heaps better than what they served - thanks to Nigella Lawson’s excellent recipe.

We had a quick look around the shops on the Pier but most were closing as it was 9pm - and it was getting very cold. It was only 15℃ at 9:30 pm which does not bode too well for tomorrow night’s outdoor concert at the AT&T Park! Jeans and a coat for tomorrow rather than sandals and shorts I think!
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