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Sunday, July 26th, 2009
It was a struggle to leave early and not watch the Tour de France head into
One of the rewards for leaving early was a herd of antelope quietly drinking the rain water left in the cracks down the center of the highway; so glad that we were able to stop as we rounded the corner instead of having a hood ornament for the car! I took some photos while we waited for them to finish crossing the highway and then continued on our way knowing that all was good in our little corner of the world.
Heading south we soon reach the North Fork of the
We kept to the two lane highways as we drove for ten hours across
Monday, July 27th, 2009
After an early breakfast at the motel we headed west in the desert towards the
We’d considered stopping by to see Crater Lake today but as we neared the area decided to continue west towards
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Our day began early as we were taking the slow way south on Highway 101 through the ancient forest of the Giant Redwoods in the northwest corner of
Along the ocean highway it was interesting to note that they had posted signs whenever you entered or left a “Tsunami Zone” between
We stopped at the Klamath River to take photos of the golden bears on each end of the bridge that we crossed over just south of Crescent City and continued on through the stately redwoods saved from the sawmills by the creations of many National and State Parks along Highway 101.
We decided to stay on Highway 101 instead of Highway 1 when we reached the split at the town of
We said goodbye to Highway 101 at
We pulled into
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Today was all about the grandkids! They are members of a swim club and at ages 9 and 6 are actively competing in swimming competitions. We spent the morning at their practice and then in the afternoon their aunt arrived (our youngest daughter who lives in the city) and we all went to the swim meet to cheer them on and eat our dinner around the pool! It was a much needed day of relaxing with family after three very long days of travel.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
This morning we headed into the city by way of the
At noon we met our daughter outside of her office building and headed towards her apartment on Russian Hill. There we unloaded our suitcases and walked to a local restaurant for lunch. We decided on the French café La Boulange de Polk around the corner; a delightful touch of
Our evening was spent with young friends at the newly renovated San Francisco Natural Science Museum in
What a fun evening: strolling through a rain forest, an aquarium and a planetarium show all in one evening! And, we were able to enjoy a drink as we strolled and also purchased our dinner about half way through. And, did I mention….dancing! Yes, great music everywhere and at one point we actually did some twinkle toe time!
Friday, July 31st, 2009 Home at last
Up early we headed east to Interstate 5 and the long road home. Our daughter came with us and we made a detour through the desert to drop her off at a Religious Retreat house near Palmdale. Yes…we came back out and took her to the airport on Sunday afternoon. We pulled into the garage just before 5 pm, tired but happy to be home. We had driven 3,423 miles in eleven days, averaging 48.57 mpg.
Thanks for joining us on our short tour of the northwestern
Tune in again on Friday, August 28th for our Tour of Greece....