San Fran and the Big Bridges

I drove to San Francisco, saw some tall grass and windmills on the way. I passed through Oakland on the highway and crossed the Bay Bridge. I had to pay a $6 toll, which I thought was really expensive, but apparently that was the charge for peak hours.

Approaching the Bay Bridge
Driving the Bay Bridge

I rolled into city, found some overpriced street parking and grabbed a bite to eat. From there I struggled as to what I wanted to do. I decided on the cable car museum, figuring that would be interesting and it was close by. Only problem was that it closed in an hour.

I got back to my car and started my way there. It was only a 15 minute drive with traffic. My first mistake: parked in a parking garage a little bit away and started walking just to realize it is a ridiculous uphill slope to the museum. Second mistake: went to back to car and tried to find closer parking. This resulted in failure and me deciding to give up on the museum because it was now closed. 

After feeling frustrated by the driving situstion, I saw I was close enough to Full House house. I loved the show as a kid and I enjoy the Netflix spinoff, so this was a key stop I needed to make.

🎵 “everywhere you look” 🎵

From there, I decided to hit the beach. When I got to the beach my expectations were shattered. It was cold! Did not expect that at all. It was maybe mid-60s, but then throw in the wind and it was just not what I expected at all. I stayed for only a while and booked a ticket to see the Secret Improv Society later that night.

Ocean Beach

I had a few hours to burn before the show so I went to the Golden Gate Bridge. It worked out great because the sun was setting at that time. 

Sunset near Golden Gate Bridge
Im surprised I didn’t get more dirty looks in this hoodie
Golden Gate Bridge

The show was okay. For those who really know me I tend to laugh at almost anything. These guys were just not that funny. They had their moments, but not too many.

I went to bed after the show knowing vacation was coming to a close.

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Yosemite and the Never-Ending Winding Road

My adventures continued as I got off my connection bus in Oakhurst, CA. I stopped at…you know where… Denny’s of course. After I ate I had Enterprise pick me up.

Last bus ride! Woohoo!
Oakhurst, CA

When I got to Yosemite I was greeted with this view. It was incredible! I took a few pictures and continued to make my way to Yosemite Village. After 45 minutes of fighting through traffic, construction, frustration, and wrong turns I finally found an illegal parking spot.

This’ll wake you up

I started walking around, trying to figure out exactly where I was and how to get anywhere. I asked several workers for directions and finally decided to work my way to Yosemite Falls. 

On the way to Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls – I don’t know who that is.

After Yosemite Falls I caught a shuttle bus that was going to the other side of the Village to Vernal Falls, a few miles away. We made it about a mile before we got stuck in traffic. At that point we we were almost at a standstill so got out and walked. The path to get to bridge trailhead was about .8 miles, but it was almost all uphill. I don’t know if I feel it was worth it, it might have been more worth it if I went to the top of the falls. However, I didn’t go because by that point I was tired and knew I would probably have to walk all the way back to the village, which I did. In fact, traffic was so bad I passed the cars trying to get out while walking.

Bottom of Vernal Falls – too lazy to go to the top
So casaul
More views
Yosemite Falls from distance
Trees!

By the time I got to my car it was already almost 6:00, but I wanted to see Glacier Point. I looked it up on my phone and it was an hour drive… Once I got away from the traffic I speed up there not knowing when the road to get up there closed. It was very winding and almost all uphill.

Through the woods we go

I reached the top with relief, not looking forward to the drive down. The view was spectacular, indescribable. I stayed for a while to watch the sunset, but I left around 8:30 for fear of being tired, which I was.

From Glacier Point
Sunsetting
My hair looks gross
More sunset

I popped a caffeine pill knowing it was going to be a long way down. Little did I know…

It took forever! The road was so windy, and there seemed to be no end in sight. God sustained me though and I never felt tired. It was a good thing because my resting choices were limited. 

I drove for roughly two and half hours. It was the most adventurous drive of my life as I made my west towards San Francisco. Two-lane, curvy, windy road, pitch black in the woods, with possibility of a bear popping out at any time (numerous signs warning me). The one area was downhill and so curvy the speed limit was 20mph. It was cool to see the elevation markers every once in a while. I started at over 6100 ft and slowly made my way down over the trek to where the last marker I saw was at 2000 ft.

On the way down

I stopped at Denny’s. Called a few nearby hotels and crashed at a Best Western Plus. Woke up, ate breakfast, drove a little further and saw Spiderman (how could I not?). It was great! And it was cheaper in California than if I were to have seen it at home (go figure). Now I sit in the movie theater parking lot finishing this post. Next stop is somewhere in San Francisco. Still gotta figure that out.