Thursday, July 12, 2012

Road Trip

Last month Rick and I were able to take a road trip to the California Coast.  We flew into Reno and rented a car.  Our first stop was Virginia City.  I had been there before but it sure seemed a lot different than what I remember.  I thought we were going to an old ghost town but it was definitely for the living.  I would describe it more of a cowboy town than a ghost town.  We loved walking through the old cemetery.  I don't know if we're just weird but we like cemeteries, especially the old ones back east.  In VC we took a trolley ride around the town, went to a mining museum, and wandered around the shops.  The Comstock Lode about a mile underneath us brought a lot of men a boat load of money.

Next we drove over to Lake Tahoe where we stayed for three days.  It is a very beautiful place.  One of the things I loved there was the smell.  Everywhere we went it smelled like bark chips.  Sooo woodsy:)  We stayed at the Marriott Resort in South Lake Tahoe on the California side.  On day two we were able to take a dinner cruise over to Emerald Bay.  It was incredibly beautiful!! The lake is a deep blue.  It is the second deepest lake in the US second only to Crater Lake in Oregon(?)  We were hoping to accomplish a bucket list item here.  We were signed up to go on a hot air balloon early Monday morning (the day we were to leave) but the winds picked up and it was cancelled.  The same thing happened to us last year in Albequerque.  Maybe someday we'll get our balloon ride.

After the dissapointment of not ridng in a balloon we headed toward the  Redwoods.  On a whim we stopped in Sacramento and was pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in "Old Town".  I didn't have my camera but truly we almost drove right past this little gem of a place.  Getting to the Redwoods via Redding was not so easy.  We drove TWO HOURS on a curvy road causing motion sickness for me...bleh.  All I can say is that Rick LOVES to drive fast on windy (that's wine-dy) mountain roads.  Much to my dismay this was only the beginning of windy roads because that's what you get in the Redwoods.  Despite the nautiousness I loved the HUGE trees.  Wow!  They were spectacular.  If you haven't been gotta go.  Yes, we drove through the tree...can't go to the Redwoods and NOT do that. In some places not much light gets to the ground and so the ground is covered with gigantic ferns and clovers.  Pretty cool.
We decided instead of flying out of Sacramento we would fly out of San Jose which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from San Francisco so we stayed our last night there.  I am so glad that we did.  It's a really fun city.  We stayed at the Marriott again and it was just a short walk to Fisherman's Wharf.  We caught a ferry that took us under the Golden Gate  Bridge (which we got to drive over to get into the city) and pass Alcatraz Island.  Walking around the wharf is always exciting with the street vendors and the smell of the ocean in the air.  We stopped and got some goodies at the sourdough market and enjoyed walking on Pier (55?)  where all the shops are.  It was a great little road trip and I loved being with Rick.  We made some lasting memories:)

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