It's never as fun packing to leave a vacation as it is packing to go on one!! I had to purchase an extra bag and then borrow one of Sue's to get all my treasures home! Thank you Southwest Airlines for not charging for extra luggage!! I finally made it to visit Sue in Davis. I'm not sure what I like the best....visiting, enjoying a variety of restaurants, shopping the unique places, or learning something different each time. It's always fun, no matter what we do.
We rode Amtrack to San Francisco the first day and then used BART for the rest of our transportation when we weren't walking. We first stopped in at Macy's for a makeover and sampling of new products! We shopped around until it was time for an historic walking tour. We learned so much and enjoyed little insites about the time period and the Gold Rush we had never heard before. We shopped in ChinaTown where we stopped midday for an amazing foot and body massage, then onto more shopping. It always looks so festive there. The hours passed by too quickly with all our fun and we caught the last Amtrack back to Davis.
The next day, we traveled to Sonoma. I LOVE seeing the fields of giant sunflowers when I visit in the summer. Rows and rows of lovely yellow flowers nodding their heads. I enjoyed seeing Napa Valley and Sonoma, better known as--Wine Country. We shopped around the unique shops there and visited a few museums learning of the history. Real estate is largely out of my range, though it's fun to dream. We sampled lots of cheese and resisted the wine. We were happy drinking our Cokes and enjoying the fresh samples!
This is General Vallejo's little cottage where family members would go for peace and quiet. We loved the idea of a "time out" cottage!
This is the main house that sat on 27,000 acres of a cattle ranch and vineyards. It was beautifully decorated and fun to imagine life on this massive ranch in the 1850s.
We hiked to Point Reyes the next day. It was a very misty, moist, foggy morning. This lighthouse is the on the furthest most point of the coast of SoCal. Prior to there being a lighthouse, there were 200 or more shipwrecks. A wretched climb in 40-100 mph winds at times and very lonely for the lighthouse keeper!
The climb down was great!
Couldn't see any migrating whales for the fog all around.
Very windy and cool. The only time I needed my jacket. Me smiling here prior to climbing back up the 350+ stairs. (They say it's equivalent to a 30 story building). I was skeptical about that, but it did kick my butt climbing back up!
Walking around the San Andreas Fault Line. Only rumblings heard here were from Sue's butt!
Hills and more hills of vineyards! So amazing to see up close. Immaculately kept and perfectly spaced apart!
It was such a great little get away prior to school starting! I LOVE seeing new places in this beautiful country and learning of the history and those who pioneered the west. Sue and I agreed it was very pleasant to be able to read EVERY sign in the museums, along the paths, and go at our own pace! We must have inherited the love of history from Dad. He would have loved accompanying us on such a trip. Thanks, Sue!! What a great way to conclude another summer! Back to school soon for me!