Saturday, November 21, 2009

Muir Woods & Point Reyes Lighthouse

Tuesday - Nov. 17th

We drove to John Muir Woods (more redwoods) just north of San Francisco. We decided to take a 1.7 mile hike. Over two hours later and several questionable short cuts, we found our way back to the car. I think that was the third or fourth time we decided that we
need to get a compass and carry our cell phone with us when we leave the car. Not to mention food and water.

Leaving the woods, we pulled over at a view point and we could see Point Bonita Lighthouse from yesterday at the entrance to San Francisco Bay. This has all been in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, so far.

From here we drove to Olema, the little town near the epi-center of the 1906 earthquake. The epi-
center was originally believed to be at San Francisco. It took scientists three years to figure out where it actually was. The San Andreas Fault runs right along Hwy. 1

From here we drove to Point Reyes Lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore. It is 120 years old and there are 310 steps to go down to it. It is closed when the winds are over 40 mph. It so happens that it is closed Tuesdays. Given the number of steps and the awful windy, rainy day that it was, we were content to look from afar.
These trees were at the entrance into the lighthouse. They had grown over sideways from the constant winds off the ocean to the point where they were starting to grow into the side of the hill.

As we were leaving, we had to wait for cattle that were being moved across the road by two dairy farmers. We stopped to talk to one of them as we were getting ready to drive on. It turned out that she was an elderly woman in a rain slicker. The weather was especially miserable, but she said that she loves it here all the time, except when the winds
are over 60 mph, which is quite often in the winter.

This is Wednesday morning leaving our campsite at Bodega Bay. At San Francisco we took the Richmond Bridge to avoid some of the city traffic.

Crossing the bridge, I snapped a picture of the Oakland Bay Bridge. From here we drove three more hours to John's sister's in Hanford. We saw many orchards along the way. Mandarin, lemon, pomegranate, almond, pistachio, grapes, etc.

Hanford is near Corcoran where Charles Manson is incarcerated.

We plan to stay here for a few weeks and mooch water and electricity and relax. So there may not be many blog posts for the next couple of weeks.

Happy Thanksgiving,

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