2013 – California Dreaming (part 3)

Just a short update today as it was largely a travel day.

We checked out of the hotel early this morning to get a start on the day.  Mackenzie had to stop and sign the guest book on the way out of the lobby.  I don’t think this is exactly what the Ritz Carlton had in mind for their guest registry, but I think it’s awesome.


I chose a place for breakfast with the help of Yelp on my iPhone. More often than not, this works out well and today’s recommendation for the Hollywood Cafe  was awesome. Great breakfast items with mounds of fresh fruit made for a great start to the day.


Next, we headed down to Pier 39 to get a look at the sea lions (like any good SF tourist shoud do). It was a gray morning with lots of fog, but we could see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge across the bay.




The last thing we did before leaving town was drive down Lombard Street. It’s hard to capture the experience from the car, but here’s a shot looking down the most crooked street in the city.


From there, we headed south and drove down the coast on California 1. It was an awesome drive with views of the Pacific Ocean. We stopped in Santa Cruz for lunch before finishing our day and reaching our hotel in Carmel By The Sea. The La Playa Hotel is only 2 blocks from the ocean and we have a view from our room.


A walk down to the beach and then back into Carmel for dinner capped off the evening. It’s a short stop in Carmel, and tomorrow we have a long drive ahead of us as we plan to reach Santa Barbara.


Here’s the link to the photo set on Flickr again. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update.



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