Day 18

On Wednesday, our first stop was Humboldt State Park to see some more redwoods. We drove on a narrow, winding road right through the giant trees. Then we stopped and hiked a trail that took us right past and through some of the trees. It was fun to get up close to them. We drove a little farther on the Avenue of the Giants to a tree we could drive right through! The SUV barely fit, but grandma did a great job driving through the tight space. We drove on to San Francisco with just one stop to eat lunch. As we drove to San Francisco past lots of vinyards, we noticed that the temperature outside climbed up to 100 degrees and then back down to 63 degrees as we neared the ocean. We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to enter San Francisco–talk about an entrance!

Our room was actually in Pacifica, a southern suburb of San Francisco. Our hotel was right on the ocean, and we left the balcony door open so we could listen to the waves crashing onto the beach as we fell asleep. The hotel bills itself as the only one in the Bay area directly on the ocean. We ate at a little 50’s diner in Pacifica, and then watched the sunset and the surfers. Lexi ended the night by swimming in the outdoor pool while we watched. (It was too chilly for the rest of us!)

Our hike through the redwoods
Our hike through the redwoods

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Getting along nicely
Getting along nicely

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Conquer contemplating the size of the redwoods
Conquer contemplating the size of the redwoods
About to start our hike
About to start our hike
Root system of a fallen redwood
Root system of a fallen redwood
Trying to wrap my arms around the Giant Tree
Trying to wrap my arms around the Giant Tree
Grandma driving through the tree
Grandma driving through the tree
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge!
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge!
Torsten got bored in the car and put on some of grandma's pants (which he called his grandpa pants)
Torsten got bored in the car and put on some of grandma’s pants (which he called his grandpa pants)
View from our hotel room in Pacifica
View from our hotel room in Pacifica
Surfers
Surfers
Sunset
Sunset
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