Day 25 San Francisco! Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve!

We set off this morning for Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve to see the magnificent Redwoods.  It was a 1.5 hour drive north through gorgeous countryside.  Our first landmark was the Golden Gate bridge.  It was quite thrilling to drive over it after all those years of hearing about it and seeing it in movies.
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We entered into Sonoma County with its abundance of wineries!  The scenery was beautiful with vineyards lapping up to the edge of forests.
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We had set our friend the SatNav to find Armstrong Reserve and as usual it did its best to shave seconds off the time and we found ourselves driving through little groves of houses on winding roads barely wide enough to accommodate the Town and Country…  We popped out the other end to find ourselves on the last 100m of a main road…

Armstrong Reserve was free if you can find a roadside carpark before the kiosk gate.  Then it is an easy stroll through the forest.  The Redwoods are stunning.  Aged up to 1400 years (Armstrong tree)!  We learnt about burrs and fairy rings (where the seedlings grow around the original tree which may eventually be destroyed by fire or natural causes, leaving a ring of trees where it once was.
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The Redwoods are awesome but hard to capture in photos due to their size.  I tried anyway…

We returned home to do some supermarket shopping at Trader Joe’s while we still had the car to carry things.  Then after yet another 4pm lunch, we set off on a walk to Ocean Beach at the end of our road.  Unfortunately that was 30 blocks away and the afternoon winds were raging… We saw some cute houses on the way.San Francisco Houses San Francisco Houses San Francisco Houses

Very popular trees out the front of houses.
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I was determined to see the sea after battling our way down to the bay against the wind, so we crossed the road and struggled through the swirling wind and sand over the sand dune to view it.  We had sand blowing into our faces, ears and gritting between our teeth.  We took a few quick snaps and forced our way back over the sand dune to trudge home.  Not our best walk… But the beach did look stunning!

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24 000 steps!

Day 26 San Francisco! Fisherman’s Wharf and public transport!