Here are some photos from our trip to California. We had a great time catching up with Paul and Martha and attending their wedding. We stayed in San Fransisco for the first two nights, on Lombard St. near Fisherman's Wharf. Then we moved up to Petaluma for the next three nights since that was closer to the wedding activities, in Sonoma.
Our first day there we were invited on a cruise of the Bay with Paul and Martha's family and friends. This was on Paul's friend Steve's boat. It was a beautiful evening.
The wind is pretty strong around the islands in the Bay, these Kite Boarders and Wind Surfers were having a great time, some of the surfers were really ripping, probably 30 MPH or more.
Paul hasn't changed a bit...thankfully!
We spent Friday around Fisherman's Wharf. We visited the WW11 Submarine "Pampanito", and the Liberty Ship "Jeremiah O'Brien". I was unaware of the role the Liberty Ships played during the war, and only vaguely aware of the Merchant Marine service, so this was a great opportunity to learn much more about it.
Saturday we went to Muir Woods, which is just across the bridge outside of Sausalito. A great day communing with the Redwoods and other flora and fauna. Sunday we drove to Point Reyes National Seashore and did some birdwatching and walking. Got some great views of White Tailed Kites, a new bird for me!
Monday we drove north to Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, a nice park that has trails through the Redwoods in the valley and a winding single lane road that brings you up out of the Redwoods and into some higher elevation mountain trails with great views.
We took a different route home so that we could enjoy some of the incredible views of the Pacific Coast Highway.