Roadtrip #3A - San Francisco, CA and back

I had a friend of mine move to San Fransisco, CA, and not long after, she invited me up for a weekend in the Fall of 2007. This was another opportunity to bust out an excuse for another solo roadtrip, up and down the 500 miles of the Pacific Coast Highway.
  1. The outdoor pool of Scotty's Castle, located just north of San Simeon, CA, featured many old structures from Europe. Even the pillars you see were...
  2. These smokestacks can be found before you reach Morro Bay, CA, on Hwy 1
  3. Why would my first stop be at this house in Simi Valley, CA? If the house looks familiar, it should. It was the one used in the first Poltergeist...
  4. The front of Hearst Castle with it's twin towers. This castle construction is forever unfinished, which is a shame, but that's the way it's meant to...
  5. I can see why William Hearst chose this location for his castle. Take a look at that ocean view. Heck I'd live in a cardboard box if I could have...
  6. The gardens of Hearst Castle were a sight. You were overpowered by the fragrance of all flora in the vicinity.
  7. On the way up to San Francisco, CA, I had to cross a few antiquated bridges on Cabrillo Hwy 1
  8. The indoor pool of Hearst Castle was magnificent. Too bad no one can sneak a quick dip.
  9. The main dining area of Hearst Castle, where William Hearst served his guests, was lined with many old relics, including these flags
  10. I was told that Pier 39, found in northeast San Francisco, CA, was very much like our own Balboa Island down here in Southern California. Yep, that...
  11. The Bay Bridge (I-80) is your scenery while getting breakfast behind the main Ferry building in San Francisco, CA
  12. Everyone is welcomed by the main Ferry Building which adorns Pier 1 for the newcomers to San Francisco, CA.
  13. You can visit the Palace of Fine Arts in north San Francisco, CA, right off Hwy 101
  14. I really wanted to go up to the top of the Transamerican Pyramid, the defining mark of San Francisco, CA, but alas they did not allow it. Even the...
  15. You'll find a bunch of seals hanging out on the docks by Pier 39 in northeast San Francisco, CA. They're noisy, but everyone loves to watch them.
  16. Here is the Coit Tower, found in the northeastern area of San Francisco, CA
  17. I'm amazed at how they built San Francisco, CA on all these hills. That's gotta be some wicked building codes.
  18. I convinced my friend to take me down the twisted Lombard street in San Francisco, CA. It's not as bad as some make it out to be, although you...
  19. My ex-colleague/friend Gala and I reach the top of Strawberry Hill, surrounded by Stow Lake, found at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. She...
  20. A distant view of Alcatraz Island, looking onward towards Belvedere-Tiburon, CA. Someday I'll tour that place.
  21. The familiar skyline of San Fransisco, CA, as viewed from the Coit Tower
  22. The Elephant Seal lookout, found north of San Simeon, CA on Hwy 1. Any time of the year except summer months are good for a plethora of seals.
  23. There are 2 or 3 of these old bridges built in the 30s. This one is Rocky Creek Bridge, built in 1932. It still stands, keeping California's Hwy 1...
  24. More California Hwy 1 awesomeness. I could retire here. What say you?
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