When Lance and I were making our plans for our Wine Country trip we decided to rent a car, versus taking a shuttle or bus from the airport.
When we arrived at the car rental pick up (which was a journey from the Oakland airport – so be prepared if you ever rent one from there..) we made an impulse decision to rent a sports car. I pretended not to care which car we got for about 2.5 seconds, until Lance asked if they had any Camaros left. I got my choice of color, and went with red (obviously) cuz it had to be flashy
It was lots of fun to drive around in. It was pretty strange for us at first tho – we both drive big trucks so it felt low to the ground and the mirrors were so tiny!
Most of my team packed up and left early Monday morning after the race, but Lance and I had a flight later in the day so we made some plans to put the car to good use.
First on our mini road trip list was to check out the Muir Woods National Monument.
You guys. This was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It was so magical to be surrounded by hundreds of huge (really huge) redwood trees.
This cross section from one of the trees was really cool! It is over 1000 years old and they had a few labels to mark some of the years.
Since I had just ran a half marathon the day before we decided to just do a light hike. In the main part of the park there were multiple walking loops to choose from, all of which were paved and relatively short.
We ended up walking the two mile loop, which was perfect and a nice easy walk.
Everything was so peaceful and serene. I loved how lush and green everything was – I’m a desert girl, so I am not used to that!
I wish we lived closer so I could visit there all the time. It’s the kind of place you can go to clear your head and just breathe. It made me feel like there is so much more to life than the little things we get so wrapped up in – I need to be reminded of that sometimes.
The woods were actually a lot colder than I anticipated. I am really glad I brought my sweater along since it was in the 40’s. It also started to sprinkle a little when we were exiting the park.
I can’t say enough good things about this place. I was in awe the entire time
When we left the Muir Woods we decided to take the Golden Gate Bridge across to get back to the airport. You see it all the time in movies and on TV but it really is awesome! It was fun to get to drive across it in our little tiny sports car too.
We made a quick pit stop in San Francisco for lunch. I knew I wanted clam chowder, so I used my trusty Yelp app to help us decide where to go. We ended up at Boudin Bakery.
It was a small little shop, with a couple tables outside to eat at. Lance and I both ordered clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and made our way outside to eat.
I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best sourdough bread I’ve ever had. It was divine. I barely remember the soup, because I was so obsessed with this bread.
After lunch we swung by the viewing area for the Golden Gate Bridge to snap a few photos.
We stopped in the gift shop for a second (mostly to warm up and escape the wind). They had a neat slide show with old photos of the bridge being built and all kinds of random bridge related souvenirs. My favorite was the little pints of paint for sale in the color of the bridge. I tried to convince Lance that we should get one, but he didn’t seem as excited about the cute mini can of paint as I was…
This is a cross section of one of the cables – it was huge!
It was really busy – and really windy so we stayed long enough for a couple pictures before heading back to the car.
We managed to leave just in time because it started to rain when we were about halfway back to the car. The fog had snuck in as well and the visibility of the bridge was pretty low, luckily we got our pictures in before!
All I know is that spending only a couple of hours in San Francisco is definitely not enough – I think it just moved a little closer to the top of my travel bucket list ;)
After we said goodbye to our rental car and got to the airport, we discover that our flight was delayed. We spent most of the evening trying to get on a stand by flight, but somehow managed to get on one and make it home 4 hours later than anticipated.