We drive west through California, narrowly missing two great friends we met while in Laos (sorry, guys!). And finally, the Pacific Ocean! Now I know I’ve thrown around the word “Pacific” before, but I have to admit that it wasn’t true. Technically, we’ve seen the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Thailand, the Andaman Sea, the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Timor Sea, the Southern Ocean, the Tasman Sea, the Atlantic again, Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, but somehow in our two years of travelling haven’t seen the biggest ocean on the planet. UNTIL NOW.
We make our way up to San Francisco, where we stay with a friend from high school, Dusty, and have an amazing and amazingly San Franciscan few days.
Colorful houses! Food trucks! Hippie parks with hula hooping classes! And, of course, the most delicious Asian food this side of Asia. Above, C devouring our second Vietnamese meal in two days. Below, Dolores Park.
We drive north and stay with cousins Matthew, Kalane, and Jacob in Santa Rosa. This conveniently takes us directly through Sonoma wine country, and we celebrate by tasting some delicious wines and by meeting up with Becca, whom we met in wine country, Tasmania. International friend network FTW! Below, a morning jazz serenade.
After being somewhat turned off by the Napa-and-surrounds wine snobbery and high price tags, we escaped on Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Drive – one of America’s most scenic scenic byways.
To the Redwoods! After spending so much time amongst the worlds largest trees in Sequoia National Park, we now find ourselves visiting the worlds tallest trees. And it doesn’t get old! Also in Redwoods National Park, wild elk sightings! *Highly Dangerous. Did not Approach on Foot*
Lots of Love!
C and J