California trip details!
I figured its time I told you all about my California trip. But first, a little news. I am, as of May 14, officially graduated from law school. Hard to believe I'm truly done! But there's still a bit more to go - bar review begins Wed. May 24, and I'll likely be fairly busy with bar exam stuff through late July. Then my true freedom from academic things begins!
Enough of that though - time for some background on the trip. We arrived on a Saturday morning. Our trip first took us from the San Francisco airport, straight down the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway (California Rt. 1) to Monterey, where we stayed the first night. The next morning, we got up and proceeded to explore some of Monterey. Mainly, we did a little shopping on Cannery Row, one of the main downtown areas. After that, we made our way down to the Big Sur Lodge, stopping to check out the Carmel Valley along the way.
On Monday, we went hiking, a 3.5 - 4 mile hike called Buzzard's Roost that began in the forest, went up to dry chaparral, and at the summit had a nice view of the ocean. We then drove south about 40 miles along the PCH, taking in the scenery along the way. We returned to the Big Sur Lodge for the night.
On Tuesday, we began to make our way back up to San Francisco. We took our time in the morning, stopped at Point Lobos State Preserve, and did the "17-mile drive" through Pebble Beach. We drove briefly through Carmel-by-the-Sea, an interesting little town. Bit "yuppyish" but it would be neat to spend a few hours in some day. We then blew up to SF and got in late, around 8:30.
Wednesday, we did a walking tour of Chinatown, and also saw some of Union Square in the process. In the evening, we tooled around various parts of the city in the car, checking out various neighborhoods and such.
Thursday, we drove through Golden Gate Park, up the pacific coast, through Lincoln Park and the Presidio of San Francisco, then across the Golden Gate Bridge. We went on to Muir Woods (Big Redwoods) and Point Reyes National Seashore, before returning to the city for a late dinner at a restaurant called "The Stinking Rose." Great place that does Italian and other food, heavy on the garlic. I had the garlic roasted prime rib - absolutely phenomenal.
Finally, on Friday, we got up and reluctantly made our way to the airport for the ride home.
As you can see, it was a whirlwind trip - we squeezed a ton into 6 days. I'm planning to go back in August, hopefully with Ryan and Phil, and see some stuff in more detail - mostly, lots more hiking. ≈
I decided to put my pics on yahoo photos, mainly because there are so many. They can be found here. Best thing to do is view the slideshow.