West Coast Road Trip – Days 5 & 6

3/16/14

Los Angeles, CA to Joshua Tree National Park, CA.   173 miles, 3 hours.

Today we met with one of Taylor’s other cousins, Jeff, and his family, Miriam and Julian, for breakfast. It was so fun to reconnect with them since the last time we saw them they were about to get married in Mexico. We heard stories about their recent travels, how they met (how did we not know this?), and about Miriam’s trips to Joshua Tree, our next stop.

Sand Road in Joshua Tree
Sand Road in Joshua Tree

We got to Joshua tree around noon and went straight to our campsite. It was another amazing campsite – beautiful rocks, a fire pit (which we definitely went out of our way to buy wood for), and incredible surroundings. After setting up, we ventured farther into the park. Joshua Tree doesn’t offer a ton of hiking opportunities but there are a lot of great short walks around amazing rock formations. After driving part way around the main loop we took a detour on a sand road to a short hike. Continue reading “West Coast Road Trip – Days 5 & 6”

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”