Time to say goodbye to California with a 160 mile / 260 kilometer drive along a pretty scenic stretch of the I-5. We spent the next day and a half in Medford, Oregon. Continue reading “Around the World – Pacific Northwest USA (part 15) – Anderson, CA to Medford, OR”
Our next main stops were in Oregon, but it was too much to drive there from Napa Valley in one go, so we had decided on Anderson to spend the night.
I compiled this post with very mixed feelings. It recollects the fabulous time we had in Napa Valley just a couple of months ago, but my thoughts were first and foremost with those affected by the devastating wildfires that are sweeping through Sonoma and Napa counties, resulting in many casualties – they are deadliest in the history of California – destroyed homes and vineyards…
We hit the most southern point on day 14 of our road trip as we travelled from Monterey up north to Napa Valley that day: a 205 mile / 330 kilometer trip. Continue reading “Around the World – Pacific Northwest USA (part 12) – Monterey – Napa Valley, California”
Heading to San Francisco today. A 170 mile / 275 kilometer trip via Highway 20 and back on the US-101. As we were meeting up in SF and would be staying in Napa Valley for a couple of days as well, we didn’t have anything planned along the way.
Pomo Bluffs Park
Chantal’s early run around Pomo Bluffs Park was mainly a misty episode.
We skipped breakfast at the hotel and we headed to The Harvest Market across the street to stock up on some fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, snacks, sushi (and wines).
As soon as we hit Highway 20 the mist disappeared and luckily the 30 miles of road to the US-101 was a lot less windy than the first part of Highway 1 the day before. The road to San Francisco was sunny, but changed dramatically in just a couple of miles when approaching the city from Sausalito. We had zero visibility near and on Golden Gate Bridge but luckily it was back to beautiful weather at the Presidio.
After checking in into our hotel, The Galleria Park on 191 Sutter St, and lunch – the sushi and some slices of leftover pizza – we did a short walk in the neighbourhood: Chinatown, Jackson Square and the Financial District. We mainly heard French and Italian tourists, but for the first time in a week and a half we also heard other people speaking Dutch again. After a week of encountering relative few people, let alone tourists, this was a bit of a readjustment for us 😉
We also did a short stop on Maiden Lane to see the peculiar Frank Lloyd Wright’s V.C. Morris Gift Shop building. Back in San Francisco after 16 years and it took only a few moments to fall in love with this city again!
Next post will be about that night’s dinner!
Although the destination of today’s trip was on the California coast, the route was mostly inland, only leaving the US-101 at Leggett to following Highway 1 all the way to Fort Bragg.
Leaving Oregon and entering California today: a 135 mile / 220 kilometer trip to Eureka. Continue reading “Around the World – Pacific Northwest USA (part 6) – Gold Beach, Oregon to Eureka, California”
Our summer vacation this year was an extensive road trip through the Pacific Northwest of the USA.