The last city of our roadtrip came and went so fast, it barely felt like we were there.
We made a gruelling 10 hour drive from Oceanside to SF in one day. We missed out on the scenic route, so we’ll just have to do it again someday (I know I keep saying that).
We stopped at Port San Luis for a quick lunch break and to check out the sea lions that just hang around. Well worth the pit stop!
We were close to Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, so of course we had to go and see how disgusting it really was (it was pretty gross).
Graham’s brother and his family moved just outside SF a few months ago, so of course we had to go and visit to see how they were settling in. We were blessed that my father-in-law came to join us. Mini family reunion 🙂
One of the perks of losing our car was all rentals we were able to try. We’ve experienced a Hyundai Accent, a Kia Soul, a Nissan Sentra, and, by far our favourite…. the Chevy Spark.
Despite it’s ridiculous appearance, we drove it around for a week and only paid $17 in gas. Win! (For our record, the Kia Soul was as much of a gas guzzler as our Mazda 6).
We went on a family hike to Big Basin Redwoods State Park (CA’s oldest state park), where we had beautiful views along the way.
This park has over 80 miles of hiking trails. The redwoods are mighty and the surroundings made for a great walk.
We went into SF one day and explored.
One of the random highlights of SF was this unsuspecting “scaring man”. Little did we know, he’s been around since 1980 and is formally known as the “Bushman”. We got a good scare from him, so we stopped and watched him scare other people. Genius.
It was my goal to get Graham to an In-N-Out Burger joint before we left California. It was delicious and didn’t disappoint! I wish we had one in Canada.
We decided to head over to Alactraz, as we heard many good things about the tour. For $30, a ferry will take you to the island, where you can stay as long as you’d like (book in advance for sure). A 45 minute self-guided audio tour is included, which was really well done. Character voices and background noises really added to the mood of the place.
Alcatraz was a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963. Prior to that, it was a US Army military prison. Wardens, guards and their families lived on the island during the prison’s operation. It closed because of high maintenance costs and a poor reputation.
Break the rules go to prison. Break the prison rules go to Alcatraz. – Sign on the wall of Alcatraz Prison.
We had great views heading back to SF.
SF was more about family for us than the city itself (I’m so thankful I married into a large, awesome family!), though I’m glad we went out a couple times. It’s certainly a city I can see us living in. There’s lots to discover and it has a great vibe to it. The only downside is it’s ridiculously expensive. We’ll be back to SF again for sure!