Wednesday, May 23, 2007 ;
22 May (Tues)
Bye bye Redwood NP!
SF here we come!
We left C.City in the morning and took Hwy 101 all the way south to San Francisco (8h drive). We would be passing by the whole of the National Park again. And, maybe as a great farewell gift, we saw yet another herd of elk near Prairie Creek State Park.
Throughout this hwy, there were many elk crossing signs too. Some even said "next 15 miles"!
We also made a quick stop at this park (more commercialised than wild), where a hollow had been made through a redwood and cars could drive through it. Actually this practice is not good for the tree. Redwoods and sequoias do not have tap roots, so they are not very stable at the base. The hollow at the base makes them top heavy/ shifts their ctr of gravity upwards and thus they topple easily. There were many such examples in the NP here and in Yosemite.
Above right: We stopped at this city, Trinidad, for a fish n chips lunch.
Below: When we neared SF, there were a lot of vineyards. That was all around the Napa valley region. Many had large signs inviting visitors in for wine-tasting. took these pics from a car moving at 75m.p.h. through a window so it's not v clear. bt can see the rows of grapes..
Finally we reached the Golden Gate Bridge after passing Sausalito. Because it was within 4pm to 6pm (we reached at 5.50pm), and we had more than 2 in our car, we didn't need to pay the bridge toll. (took pics below thru front car windscreen, tt's why blur as well)
Our motel was about 15min away fr the bridge, an engineering marvel.
After checking in, we headed out for a short drive through the city to see the night scenery, and stopped at Chinatown to have a bowl of wonton noodles. Nt as good as Spore's, bt def the best we had for quite a while. :-)
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow