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California May 2003

flew into San Francisco and drove down the coast to LA and one day drove down to Mexico.
flight from Chicago to San Francisco looking down at snow on the mountains
flight from Chicago to San Francisco looking down at snow on the mountains
Golden Gate Bridge
US Hwy 101 San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.921.5858
Arguably the world's most beautiful bridge, the mammoth rust-red deco San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and can be experienced from near countless angles. Drive, bike, or walk across the two-mile long suspension bridge or get down to the base and look up from the tide pools at Baker's Beach or from a Frisbee toss at Crissy fields, both in the adjoining Presidio.
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge
US Hwy 101 San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.921.5858
Arguably the world's most beautiful bridge, the mammoth rust-red deco San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco with Marin County and can be experienced from near countless angles. Drive, bike, or walk across the two-mile long suspension bridge or get down to the base and look up from the tide pools at Baker's Beach or from a Frisbee toss at Crissy fields, both in the adjoining Presidio.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
bridge from hill
bridge from hill
information about the Golden Gate Bridge
information about the Golden Gate Bridge
cable from San Francisco Bridge
cable from San Francisco Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero and Taylor St San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.474.8796
Popular with tourists and sea lions, Fisherman's Wharf is full of shops, silly museums and family fun. Still a working wharf, its vendors sell thousands of tons of fish and shellfish. Take an early morning walk down Fish Alley to see fisherman at work. Later, the Wharf is boardwalk-style family entertainment with decidedly tourist attractions such as Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, the Red & White Fleet, a the Wax Museum. For maritime-lovers and WWII buffs, the San Francisco Maritime Musuem is at the foot of Polk St. and massive USS Pampanito is docked right at Pier 45
Fishermans Wharf Sign, San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero and Taylor St San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.474.8796
Popular with tourists and sea lions, Fisherman's Wharf is full of shops, silly museums and family fun. Still a working wharf, its vendors sell thousands of tons of fish and shellfish. Take an early morning walk down "Fish Alley" to see fisherman at work. Later, the Wharf is boardwalk-style family entertainment with decidedly tourist attractions such as Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, the Red & White Fleet, a the Wax Museum. For maritime-lovers and WWII buffs, the San Francisco Maritime Musuem is at the foot of Polk St. and massive USS Pampanito is docked right at Pier 45

famous seals at pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf
famous seals at pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf
at Alcatraz with Golden Gate Bridge in background
at Alcatraz with Golden Gate Bridge in background
Alcatraz Island and Prison
Board the ferry to Alcatraz Island at Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline on the way to this must-see San Francisco attraction -- once home to notorious prisoners like Al Capone. Alcatraz Tour tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth at Pier 41, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.
on ferry leaving Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island and Prison
Board the ferry to Alcatraz Island at Fisherman's Wharf and enjoy spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline on the way to this must-see San Francisco attraction -- once home to notorious prisoners like Al Capone. Alcatraz Tour tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth at Pier 41, San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf.

Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco, California
Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco, California
Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street at Taylor San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.749.6300
The gothic landmark of the west coast, the ornate beauty of Grace Cathedral is home to hidden gardens, curling dragon statues, and a redwood pulpit that has seen the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. The Grace hosts glorious concerts year round and its Columbarium is the only sacred landmark in San Francisco where freshly cremated remains may be laid to rest.
Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street at Taylor San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.749.6300
The gothic landmark of the west coast, the ornate beauty of Grace Cathedral is home to hidden gardens, curling dragon statues, and a redwood pulpit that has seen the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. The Grace hosts glorious concerts year round and its Columbarium is the only sacred landmark in San Francisco where freshly cremated remains may be laid to rest.

Cable Cars
949 Presidio Ave San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.923.6162
The Powell-Hyde line begins at Powell and Market streets, terminating at Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line also begins at Powell and Market, but ends at Bay and Taylor near Fisherman's Wharf; the California Street line runs from California and Market streets to Van Ness Avenue.
cable car

Cable Cars
949 Presidio Ave San Francisco CA; Tel. 415.923.6162
The Powell-Hyde line begins at Powell and Market streets, terminating at Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line also begins at Powell and Market, but ends at Bay and Taylor near Fisherman's Wharf; the California Street line runs from California and Market streets to Van Ness Avenue.

Chinatown
Enter at Dragon's Gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street.
San Francisco's bustling Chinatown is a tightly-packed warren of Chinese restaurants, shops, temples and street vendors. Great for gifts, and fireworks on Chinese New Year.
China Town, "Dragon's Gate" at Grant Av. & Bush St.

Chinatown
Enter at "Dragon's Gate" at Grant Avenue and Bush Street.
San Francisco's bustling Chinatown is a tightly-packed warren of Chinese restaurants, shops, temples and street vendors. Great for gifts, and fireworks on Chinese New Year.

Lombard Street
Lombard Street
end of the road beach in SFO
end of the road beach in SFO
http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world, declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods. 

Until the 1800's, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to. Noting that Redwood Creek contained one of the San Francisco Bay Area's last uncut stands of old-growth redwood, Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent, bought 295 acres here for $45,000 in 1905. To protect the redwoods the Kents donated the land to the United States Federal Government and, in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument. Roosevelt suggested naming the area after Kent, but Kent wanted it named for conservationist John Muir.
Muir Woods National Monument in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Located near Mill Valley, CA

http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.

Until the 1800's, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to. Noting that Redwood Creek contained one of the San Francisco Bay Area's last uncut stands of old-growth redwood, Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent, bought 295 acres here for $45,000 in 1905. To protect the redwoods the Kents donated the land to the United States Federal Government and, in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument. Roosevelt suggested naming the area after Kent, but Kent wanted it named for conservationist John Muir.

redwood tree with me inside
redwood tree with me inside
redwood tree that tells how old it is
redwood tree that tells how old it is
driving between San Francisco and LA
driving between San Francisco and LA
pigeon point lighthouse
pigeon point lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse coastline
Pigeon Point Lighthouse coastline
http://www.hearstcastle.org/
Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California

http://www.hearstcastle.org/

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle
Rodeo Dr
Rodeo Dr
in front of Manns Chinese Theater
in front of Manns Chinese Theater
Hollywood sign
Hollywood sign
universal stuido me and my friend Lori
universal stuido me and my friend Lori
Muscle Beach, California
Muscle Beach, California
beach between LA and San Diego, California
beach between LA and San Diego, California
Welcome to Mexico
Welcome to Mexico
Tijuana Mexico
Tijuana Mexico