Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods and Bodega Bay
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Today we started off by driving over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was so fogged that when we got halfway over, we couldn't see anything but the car in front of us! Jesse and I had never seen it like that while we lived around there, although I've heard it's really common. Anyway, we didn't bother stopping to walk on the bridge, because you couldn't have seen anything anyway, except the ground under your feet.
We drove up the Marin Headlands instead, all the way up to Hawk Hill. Even though it was my third time being up there it was just as cool as ever. In fact, it was totally different because the bridge and city were so foggy! It looked like a snowy wonderland from up on the hill - basically all the water was covered with cloud, so the city was surrounded by white, and just the tips of the bridge were sticking out.
While we were up there, two big ships kept sounding their foghorns. One was really low and rumbly, and the other had two notes and was a little higher pitched. After a while, we found ourselves singing along with the back-and-forth song of the foghorns. :)
We eventually dragged ourselves away from the views to drive to Muir Woods and check out the redwoods. It was cooler in the forest.
From there we drove to Muir Beach overlook, which had beautiful views of the coast, and then started the longer drive to Bodega Bay. Laura slept part of the way. Most of the drive was not along the coast, but along a little bay with mountains on the other side between it and the coast. It wound along through a few little towns (one of them, according to a road sign, had a population of 50!) and saw what must have been hundreds of ducks (if not more!) in the bay. I'm not kidding. I probably saw more ducks on that one portion of the drive than I've ever seen in my life!
One of the prettiest parts of the drive was a huge field of yellow flowers! There was nowhere to pull over though, so Laura and I tried our best to snap pictures out the window of the moving car (with little success).
When we finally got to Bodega Bay (after multitudes of winding curves), we drove on a little further and just past the bay we came upon incredible cliffs at the Pacific's edge. The waves crashing on the beaches we saw were the biggest ones I've ever seen in real life. Jesse estimated they were probably between 20-25 feet high, and the spray they created when crashing on the giant rocks sometimes got as high as 70 feet! Too bad our pictures make everything look small and regular - some things just can't be captured on camera. So after a while we resigned ourselves to simply watching.
When the sun started to set, we drove back to our hotel for the night and checked in. We stayed at Inn at the Tides, which was across the street from the bay.
We had dinner at a Mexican restaurant up the road, Brisas del Mar or something like that. It was funny because it had lots of Mexican foods but almost all of them had fish instead of any other meat. Laura and I split the Louisiana-style steak and coconut prawns. The steak was a very thin piece of meat, with more spices spread on it than I have ever tasted. It was good, but very spice-filled - quite a 'zing'!
Tomorrow we're headed back to Chico!