After a long day of driving we made it to San Francisco by dinner time. The plan was to meet up with Marcell, a friend of Jessica and Kobus' from back in the cruise ship days, and crash on his floor for a couple nights. The weather was amazing, 80 degrees and sunny both days, we couldn't have picked a better time to visit San Francisco.
It was a six and a half hour drive from the redwoods to San Francisco. Luckily the weather cooperated and there were plenty of scenic viewpoints along Highway 101 where we could stop for a break.
Marcell lived nearby Clement Street in San Francisco, an awesome place for restaurants, bars and all sorts of random little shops. Heavily influenced by local Asian immigrants, it reminded us a lot of the International District nearby our old home in Seattle.
Thanks to our gracious hosts Marcell and Tarryn for letting us crash on their floor for two nights!
Our first full day in San Francisco started with us doing errands - shopping, laundry, banking...boring stuff. That afternoon we headed downtown to meet Marcell at his new restaurant venture named Ottoman, serving Turkish cuisine, most importantly - shawarma!
After a delicious lunch in the financial district (thanks Marcell!) we headed for a walk along the waterfront, ending at Fisherman's Wharf - a great place for taking pictures of Alcatraz, smelling sea lion shit and dodging bus loads of tourists.
The last stop on our whirlwind tour of San Francisco was the Golden Gate Bridge.
Jess and Kobus enjoying the wonderful weather.
After a long day of trekking through downtown we retired to the beach to watch a spectacular sunset. A couple beers, our handy camping chairs, and all was right in the world.
The morning of our last day in San Francisco Marcell took us to the California Academy of Sciences. The highlight was definitely the four-story glass-encased tropical rainforest filled with birds and butterflies. We also watched the planetarium show and toured one of the worlds largest aquariums. Honestly, we could have spent days hanging out at this museum, but onward to Yosemite!