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Old 11-15-2012   #16 (permalink)
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Absolutely stunning. You have a way with the lens. I went to Lake Tahoe once, only I was traveling west from Reno through the mountains. That drive is still one of the most breathtaking I can remember. Nice work as always Bruce.
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Thanks Bearcat! Stunning is another superlative that fits the Tahoe area well.

The weather was perfect for our day in San Francisco, so we decided to start our day in Golden Gate Park, along with every other tourist in town. We spent a couple of hours walking , which included a strol through the Japanese Tea Garden.



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I was time for lunch, so I suggested we head over to the Castro district to eat at Harvey's, which is a restaurant named for Harvey Milk. We had eaten there 16 years ago not too long after it first opened. Lunch was fantastic, and the best eating experience of the trip. Pam had a couple of huge, great tasting Bloody Mary's, a specialty at Harvey's. The staff was great.



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After 90 minutes at lunch, we spent probably the same amount of time shopping in the neighborhood. Pam bought 3 pairs of sunglasses, because she realy needed them. For those not familiar with the Castro area, it houses what is probably the largest gay community in the country and has played an important role in gay rights issuses in this country. It is a unique and vibrant district.





This young man saw me coming and struck a pose and asked me to take a photo. I said no at first but he pouted so I relented. After I did, we talked for a moment and as I walked away I realized he had a film crew following him. I did not ask why. I did some processing on this one.


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After leaving Castro we made a couple of quick stops in the city before heading north for a short drive up the beautiful coast to Stinson beach. We went back to the hotel for the evening, and I walked across the street to get us a couple of pizzas from California Pizza Kitchen. Far from the best pizza I've eaten. We then watched on TV as the city celebtated the World Series victory. That was crazy.

Last stop, Monterey.





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AMAZING photos!!! I've never been to Tahoe. Now I want to go.
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AMAZING photos!!! I've never been to Tahoe. Now I want to go.
Thanks Gingele! You can't go wrong with a trip to Lake Tahoe.
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Such beautiful county! Definitely on our "bucket" list to see the western U.S.
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Such beautiful county! Definitely on our "bucket" list to see the western U.S.
I think it's bucket list worthy.


I suppose I better finish what I started.........


It was our last full day, so we headed towards Monterey which is a bit over 100 miles from San Francisco. I had an urge for an In-N-Out burger, so I checked for locations for the drive down. I'm not a big fast food burger fan, but these are among the better. Check out the complex menu.



It was another nice day, but when we got to our hotel at the beach the shoreline was locked in dense fog. No real surprise, but I was hoping for a clear coastline for photos of an incredible coastline. Guess it was not meant to be.

After checking into a a very modest Best Western we started south to Big Sur. I had all these pictures in my head about what type of photos I would getting of the coast, however you could not see the coastline,even while driving on it. One thing I had wanted was a few photos of was the Bixby bridge from two different locations, but it was so foggy that I did not see the bridge until I had driven on to it. We kept going south for a little while, stopping a couple of times for some short strolls, then it was time to head back towards Monterey. The coastline was still locked in a thick fog, but to my delight as we came around a corner, there was the bridge, with a slight opening in the fog. I got a few photos before it closed up again, plus we chatted for a bit with a nice young couple that had driven up from Los Angeles the evening.



We stopped at Fishermans Wharf before heading back to change clothes for dinner.




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Pam wanted to give Bubba Gumps a try, and I was ok with it since they use some our clothing for their for there Bubba Gump clothing line.It gave me a chance to see what the clothing looked like. I'm was not all that thrilled with the concept of the restaurant, but I though the food was better than I had expected it to be.

After dinner we went back to the hotel and watched a surreal episode of David Letterman. It was the night of Sandy, and there was no audience, just Dave and Denzel Washington.



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Our flight on travel day was not until 6:00 pm, so we did not need to head back to San Francisco until about 1:30. I went out in the morning but it was still foggy, so I had no clue of what to do while waiting for Pam to get ready. I ended up going down to the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea.









I went back to get Pam and to check out of the hotel. We had time to drive an area called "17 Mile Drive", which is a beautiful section of coastline that includes some incredible homes, Pebble Beach golf course and awesome coastline. Nive drive but too foggy The two below are lousy photos of two things that I had hoped to get good photos of. They are still interesting places to see and visit without good photos.




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Pam enjoyed her In-N-Out burger the day before so we stopped for another one on the way back to San Francisco.

This turned out to be a great trip. I put over 1,000 miles on the rental car, but I enjoy driving when there are interesting things to see and do. It was some good quality time together for Pam and I.

Thanks for viewing my report.
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Gorgeous...especially this one...thanks for sharing, Bruce. These are all my old stomping grounds..I worked in San Jose, San Francisco and Santa Rosa at various times in my life...loved it there...

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Bruce,

Amazing. Thank you SO much.

Breathtaking pictures, for sure.

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Fantastic pictures.
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