Around the West in 30 Days – Day 14

CALIFORNIA

Monterey claims to fame:

john steinbeck1. Cannery Row-the location and title of a famous John Steinbeck novel. Lots of Steinbeck monuments, statues, and touristy attractions.

2. Home of a well known aquarium and bountiful marine life. Built by David Packard (Hewlet Packard) for his daughter Julie, who wanted to work with marine biology. She remains the Executive Director.

3. Gorgeous fisherman’s wharf with all types of sailboats and fishing boats as far as the eye can see.monterey pano

San Francisco

san francisco trolley1. Best quote of the day: “You want to go to San Francisco and ride public transportation?!?” Yes. Yes, I do.

2. Home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the crazy hills and trolley cars. Oh! And Mythbusters. Don’t forget Mythbusters!

3. Although we didn’t ride across the Golden Gate Bridge or even get a great photo of it, we did ride on the lower section of the Bay Bridge. Just as cool.

Thoughts:

golden gate bridge1. Los Angeles is all about fame, movies, television, the stars, glamour. San Francisco is all about activism in all shapes and sizes. Granted, this is my limited ½ day experience in both places, but it is my first impression. Los Angeles is all white, bright, prettied up. San Francisco is goth and rainbow and in your face. It was an interesting comparison.

2. This is not a destination trip. We didn’t pack up and get somewhere to relax and enjoy the destination. The trip IS the trip. We are spending time together, seeing as much as we can in the time we have. We are learning to enjoy the journey. This is a first for us. My prayer is that we learn to let go and truly enjoy the journey and let that carry over into our everyday lives. Everyday is better and better.

laundry
Local laundry mat fun

3. We have introduced Anna to such exotic experiences as the pay shower, the public laundry mat, composting toilets, and traveling on a dime. I would love to be a fly on the wall when she tells her kids about it one day.

4. All hotel shampoos are not created equal. That is all.

enjoy the journey
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:8 ESV
chocolate crazy
Chocolate Bacon! Chocolate Jalepeños.