It was time to take my Vibrams out on the open roads and I can’t think of many places that would beat running through the streets of San Francisco and down to the wharf. I dragged Luke with me too and we still managed to get lost! However we made it to the wharf and it was peacefully quiet without any tourists and we got to see lots of working boats, which were all lit up as it was still dark. On our way back two people told us we were crazy and we did think that is what we must look like. Yet it was a better wake up than a cup of coffee. Well I still needed both and I treated myself to a fabulous coffee courtesy of a very cool coffee maker in the room. We also rewarded ourselves with a soak in the outdoor hot tub on the sixteenth floor. Needless to say we had the tub to ourselves as it hadn’t even turned seven yet. We were then caught red-handed by our host as we sneaked back to our room. It felt like we were on a school trip and had just been caught out of our rooms by a teacher and with that we made our way, silently giggling, back to the room.
We went for a well-earned breakfast in the hotel after our spa treat. The breakfast was as good as yesterday but had a few little quirks. I guess it is more catered to a city and one that is as diverse as San Francisco. I got an unusual medley of scrambled egg, cottage cheese, brie, turkey and lots of fish. Don’t blame me but there was too much choice and i just hd to try a bit of everything! This philosophy of mine, some would call it gluttony, even encompassed a shot of power boosting juice, which proved to be a nice addition to any breakfast. Although, due to previous experiences, I did check where the restroom was first in case it had a dire taste. I also, subtly, let luke try a bit first. Usually if he likes something edible I will love it. After we had filled up for the morning we met up with everyone else and went through the now familiar routine of boarding the bus. Our first destination was San Francisco park. We got to explore the outside concert hall, have a wistful look through the entrance windows of some museums I would have loved to explore, saw beautiful fountains and watched a Segway safety tour induction get underway. I have always wanted to go on one but I don’t think a Segway, plus my somewhat dubious talent of coordination, would make a particularly safe or very long-lasting partnership.
Luckily my partnership with the coach seems to be working out just swell so far ( I shall have to touch a tree in Muir woods now just to be on the safe side) Then we made a pleasant detour to an old cemetery that is now a golf course and we got to see Rodin’s statue of the thinker
Afterwards, once two stragglers finally got back to the bus, we were able to drive over this iconic landmark but not before being told about a time when it dropped thirteen feet! Again, not great timing for those sort of stories! However, we made it safely across and had an uncultured coffee in Starbucks, in a very cultured little place called Sausalito, before continuing our expedition onto the next stop. This stop was another place I couldn’t wait to see; Muir woods. I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed as we began to meander through the pale red trees on some white-knuckle roads. I was also able to enjoy the view in peace as forcing Luke out on a run this morning had a surprisingly beneficial side effect. He is now falling asleep every time we are on the bus. Perfect.
Once Luke was awake we got off the coach and were given an hour to walk around the woods. There was beautiful, looming, pinkish red trees everywhere. Luke and I, bring a sensible couple and all that, decided to escape away from the main path and took the high road.
It was then a short hop, skip and a jump to the Sebastian Winery to begin another highlight of the day; a tour around a winery with wine tasting at the end. The gardens were beautiful.
We hit a spot of traffic going over the Golden Gate Bridge
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