Day Four

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Friday, August 13, 2010

What a day!  Full of all kinds of scenery, both majestic and serene!

We started our day around 10 am, after wanting an early start, but craving sleeping in.  We had to hit a Safeway to get some more deli meat and such (much cheaper to do lunches this way), and were surprised when sitting in car having a quick breakfast to have some stranger knock on our window and say "We have to stop meeting like this!".  Huh?  Then I realized that he was pointing to a car with Alberta license plates.  Ryan rolled down the windows and the guy commented that our car is a distinctive colour and we passed him about 3 times yesterday.  Perhaps we could chase each other all the way to San Francisco. 

I got to drive today (and I must say that I AM getting the hang of driving these standards again) and it was Ryan's turn to play navigator and photographer.  Leaving Crescent City we saw tons of fog over the Pacific, but still saw some amazing views of the ocean.  We quickly headed into the Redwood Forests and from the highway, we didn't think they were THAT impressive.  Wait.  Take a chance to look up...look WAAAAY up.  Wow are they ever high!  We did a couple of small hikes in the forest and were overwhelmed by the majesty and beauty of these ancient giants.  The tallest tree was taller than Niagara Falls!  They have lived to be over a thousand years old.  It is odd to think that when many of these trees were just saplings that Columbus hadn't found the New World, and that Eriksson probably had just discovered Vinland (Newfoundland).  Amazing!  We did the Lady Bird Johnson Grove walk, which was the grove that President Lyndon B. Johnson's wife dedicated in 1969.  Some amazing curves and hills in this forest to drive through.  I think Ryan was jealous that he didn't get to drive.  Haha!

We've also had quite the international experience on our journey.  We passed through or by Norway, Denmark, Lebanon, Trinidad and Moscow!  Where are the passport stamps?

After leaving the Redwood Forests, we made our way through Mendocino County and the barren ranchland that is there.  That is also the home of Bigfoot, although we didn't see him.  From there, it was entering the wine country and the vineyards of Sonoma County.  Vineyards as far as you can see in places!  Can't wait until we get there on Monday!  As we got closer and closer to San Francisco, the highway certainly got busier, but it also got foggier.  The Bay Area seems to be a magnet for fog.  As we approached the Golden Gate Bridge, we couldn't see it for the fog.  It was 8 pm and really dark!  I was quite happy that Ryan was driving at this point. 

We are really looking forward to starting our exploration of San Francisco tomorrow!
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