Sunday, June 21, 2015

Visiting the Bay Area

Sunday morning we woke up still tired from our trip from Lone Pine to Sacramento on Saturday. We had to go way further north than we intended, since all the passes were closed across the Sierra-Nevada Mountains. We finally got across near Reno and spent the night in the Sacramento KOA. Now our 2005 travel story resumes on Sunday March 13, 2005 as we move west on I-80 through Davis, Vacaville, Fairfield and Vallejo before reaching Oakland and taking the Bay Bridge to San Francisco. We took US 101 south out of San Francisco and passed through San Bruno and San Mateo on the way to Trailer Villa San Mateo in Redwood City. The drive was uneventful, but just being in the Bay Area is exhilarating. I am not sure why. Maybe it is the great temperature we always enjoy there.

As soon as we got our RV set up, we drove back into San Francisco and picked up our son AJ. It was good to be with him, even though we had seen him only a few weeks before. We enjoyed lunch together at an Olive Garden restaurant.

Monday morning AJ had a class he needed to attend at San Francisco State and a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, so Kathi and I enjoyed the day alone. We had a late breakfast at Stacks in Redwood City. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch and closed in the evening. Stacks in on El Camino Real in Redwood City. If you are ever in the area, this is a nice place for a good meal. No matter what you order some kind of fruit is included in the meal. They serve a lot of fresh avocado and strawberries.

Tuesday, AJ rode the train over from San Francisco to Redwood City. The Bay area has some of the best public transportation found anywhere. We had lunch at Red Lobster in San Bruno. AJ likes the fried shrimp and I usually get the Sailor’s Platter. It offers fried shrimp, shrimp scampi in garlic sauce and baked flounder. Kathi has several favorites, but opted for the grilled salmon on this trip. We eat at a lot of chain restaurants in the Bay Area. The finer restaurants serve dishes that look pretty for the tourists and I normally cannot find anything I actually want to eat. Too finicky, I guess. I always have been about my food. I mostly stay with the same desired meals all the time.

On Wednesday we drove to Half Moon Bay. It is a short drive about half way between Redwood City and San Francisco. The weather was great and the scenery was fantastic. The ocean views are always enjoyable. Even the San Francisco sunshine seems cool.

We were enjoying driving around and visiting with AJ. We were going to be in the area for about two weeks total before continuing on north. We always look forward to everything in California, except the expense.

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Flower arrangements on light poles in downtown San Francisco

AJ at the seashore

Ocean spray off the rocks in The Pacific

Arlon on the shore

Part of the shoreline

A great ocean view

Rocks off the beach

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