April 1998, Oakland & San Francisco, California

Well, it was a fun trip to California. California is three hours earlier than Michigan. We flew into San Fancisco International Airport. The airport is under some construction now, which made it a little more confusing starting our drive. Luckily, we were meet by family and had someone to tell us which way to turn. I found it very confusing trying to keep my bearings with all the highways and traffic, and was glad to have a guide.

Lynns' brother Mike and his family lives in Oakland. Their house, which is in the hills, has a great view overlooking Oakland and San Francisco. Panoramic A & B are taken from their balcony.

We stayed in California for one week. We took three day trips. The first trip was to Sausalito which is North of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge or West of Oakland, across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. This route (80), passes San Quentin State Prison. Sausalito is a nice community with many shops to explore.

On the second day trip, we started out at Golden Gate Park and after walking some of the trails, went to the Cliff House which is on the west side of San Francisco and on the Pacific Ocean. It has interesting views of seal lions (sometimes) and an old arcade. From there we went downtown San Francisco to Lombard St. (I drove down it just for fun), then on to China town. After that, we went to Fishermans Wharf to check out more stores (like Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory) and catch a glimpse of Alcatraz.

Our third trip was to Wine Country. We stopped by and sampled wines at Sutter Home, V. Sattui, Berringers, Niebaum-Coppalas, and also stopped at some culinary stores. Their are about 30 winerys you can go to, and about half give you free samples. Unfortunately, Michigan does not allow you to ship wines back; no doubt, because they want make sure they collect the tax.

Panoramic A & B

Panoramic C & D

Golden Gate

V. Sattui Winery

Huckleberry Preserve


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