West Coast Road Trip – Days 3 & 4

3/14/14

Martinez, CA to San Francisco, CA.   40 miles, 10 hours.

The giant wheels that power the SF cable car system.
The giant wheels that power the SF cable car system.

Hoping to beat rush hour traffic into the city, we left Martinez around 7:15am and the drive took ‘only’ a little over an hour.  We parked in Union Square and met with one of Eric’s former clients for breakfast at Sears Fine Foods (thanks again Tylor!)  We’ve been to San Francisco a couple times before and typically plan the trip around all the restaurants we’ve been waiting to try, but since we’re now unemployed we were looking for less expensive things to do (we’re not yet good at this but we’re practicing.)  After breakfast we walked to the Cable Car Museum which we noticed on our last visit and ran out of time before getting a chance to see it.  It turned out to not only be free but well worth the time.

The weather was perfect as it always seems to be when we visit, so we opted for a long walk down to the waterfront by way of Lombard Street.  Lombard Street is the famous twisty and steep residential street on Russian Hill. Eric thinks it’s not exciting and that it’s not worth going out of your way to see it.  Taylor thought it was cool (but crowded). When we made it to the water we saw Hyde Pier, a National Park Monument.  Continue reading “West Coast Road Trip – Days 3 & 4”

West Coast Road Trip – Days 1 & 2

3/12/14

Vancouver to Ferndale, CA.  462 miles, 12 hours.

Finally after months of anticipation, medical tests and preparations to leave, our trip is finally here!  As we make our way South; it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that we’re unemployed and leaving the country for a long time 6 weeks from now.  We find ourselves checking our phones constantly despite work email no longer being active, it’s amazing how well trained you get to certain behaviors after 7 years.  Like most road trips, this day starts out with a long drive as we’re eager to leave the familiar behind and discover new parts of the country.  We depart at 6:30am and still manage to hit traffic as we cross into Portland (something to think about if we ever move to Vancouver.) We took Highway 99 and made it all the way to Lincoln City before stopping for breakfast at the Beach Dog Café (highly recommended to anyone looking for breakfast in the area.)

Looking at the sea mounts near Bandon, OR
Looking at the sea mounts near Bandon, OR

Continuing down the Oregon coast we pass Florence, Bandon and Coos Bay, all towns Eric hasn’t seen since he was young.  They’re vaguely familiar but hard to distinguish as most beach towns seem to be.  Soon after crossing the border into California we enter the Redwoods and get a photo in front of the Continue reading “West Coast Road Trip – Days 1 & 2”