West Coast Trippin’

Cheers

We be road trippin on the West Coast.

Here are some fun scenes from my sister’s (Mal) and my road trip. We do an annual sister trip and this year we thought it would be fun to do a road trip…we didn’t think it through all the way. We both wanted different things out of it. I was more into the hiking and adventure side where Mal was more into the city side. This set us up for some conflict on a few days. It ended up turning out perfect now when I look back on it. She really is my favorite travel partner.

Here’s how it all went down:

Day 0: We flew into Portland on Friday night and crashed. Not too exciting. I know.

Day 1: Started out going to breakfast, Starbucks, and then the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because what do you do when you go to a city you have never been to before??? You go to a store you have at home! Well here’s the thing – there is no sales tax in Portland!!! Cheers to that and saving 6%! After that we explored Portland the best way we knew how – through coffee, beer, and street markets (not in that order, thankfully). The market was great. It was huge and we started to get lost at one point. The beer was superb (not sure if that’s even a word one can use to describe beer). Mal and I got rather tipsy after our first flight of beer but that didn’t stop us from making another 2 more stops to try as many beers as we could.

Day 2: We decided we had to stop by VooDoo Donuts before getting in the car to start the road trip. That was an experience in itself. The line was insane and the donuts were even more insane. After we had donuts in hand, we ubered to the car rental and let our driver convince us to change our planned route for the road trip. Little did we know this would offset us by 3-4 hours. Once we got the car, we headed to Multnomah Falls. There are no words on the beauty of this. After that we took the uber driver’s advice and headed to Seaside, OR. We could have easily done without this 3 hour adventure. The one good thing was what was just south of Seaside — HAYSTACK ROCK. For all you Goonies lovers (like myself), that is the rock that is famous from the movie. I think it’s also in some vampire movie that was really popular – Twiglight, Twatlight, Timelight… something like that. After that we drove for hour to get to Newport, OR, a stunning seaside town. Then we spent the next 5 hours driving to get to our hotel reservation in some town just across the CA border. The issue we came across was we were traveling on a Sunday so a lot of the stops were closed by the time we reached them. I had such dreams of hanging with sea lions and seeing aquariums.

Day 3: Left the nasty hotel (stained sheets. need I say more??) and headed to see the Redwoods. We made a little stop at Trees of Mystery to go on a gondola ride atop the trees. Once again, luck was not on our side. The fog was rather heavy and the ride would have been useless to seeing anything. Now it was time for some more driving. YAY! We headed to Eureka, CA for lunch. It was an ehhh town with ehhh food (by ehh food I mean it haunted Mal). I guess it has the oldest house in CA or something. I don’t quite remember. I have a photo of it so that’s cool. From there we headed to the REDWOODS!!!! OH MY GOSH! These trees are stunning!!! The size of them is unfathomable. It was so amazing to stand next to something that has been on this earth for….ever. Mal and I had a blast stopping every 5 seconds to get out and look at more. Once we got our fill of trees, we headed towards Napa Valley, Ca.

Day 4: There is little video footage from this day but lots of selfies because we took a wine tour. It’s one of those party bus situations with really stuffy people. Some were friendly while others wanted no new friends. Let me tell you – by the second stop we were all besties. The more wine we were all fed the better it got….except for the world’s worst woman. She started this whole thing by asking the driver if the wine had Sulfates – he should’ve kicked her off then. We had 4 stops at small wineries. They were all delicious and very nice. We ended at Razi Winery where the owner pours for you. He was the nicest man. Look below at the photo of us — clearly I needed a photo with him. After that we got dinner and passed out. Oh heyyyy college days!

Day 5: We said our goodbyes to wine country and headed to the city. We made sure to go over the Golden Gate bridge thanks to our dad. He knows us well. He knew to tell us there were two ways to get in and to go over the Golden Gate instead of through Oakland. It was so cool because the fog was low and the bridge looked amazing. We got to the car rental place, dropped it off, and ubered to our hotel. Thankfully we ubered because this B was at the top of three large hills! We freshened up and headed to get drinks and dinner with one of Mal’s high school besties (Ashley). We went to this fabulous “in the know” bar. I say that because there is not sign for the bar. It’s one of those places were you just need to know where it’s at because there is nothing standing out other than a small sign inside the doorway. After drinks was dinner and bed. We are super cool and fun – I know.

Day 6: I thought it would be fun try to do a training run in SF. Seriously tho, what was I thinking?!!?? I got about 1.5 miles out and was like yeahhhh this isn’t fun anymore. Every time I ran down hills, I kept thinking about how I was going to have to run back up those hills. Ashley came to get us with her baby boy, Finn (who is kidnap material, no joke) to grab some breakfast and do sightseeing. We got expensive toast (as the girls said) and lattes from some chic bread market/coffee joint. From there our tour guide took us to see the hot spots.

  • First on the list was Mrs. Doubtfire’s house. The magical thing was it was Robin’s birthday. Most of our photos have a lens flair so I am choosing to believe it was him. And yes, I am still in denial about his death.
  • Next was Lombard Street. We drove down it because why not. Then stopped at the bottom to get a nice photo — with some tourists posing.
  • We then headed to Haight and Ashbury. Got to see some fun things on the streets.
  • After that we went to Sutro Bath’s. Gorgeous bath. Gorgeous view. We walked up a little bit to see a better view of the Golden Gate. Finn was loving it.
  • Next stop was to scoop up Henry from school. He loved us and referred to Mal and I as “The Girls” when talking about us. He was one of the smartest (if not the smartest) littles that I had ever met.
  • We then headed to some cool place with domes and water. I have no idea what is was called. I could probably search and try to figure it out but who has time for that. We walked around it and enjoyed the beauty.
  • It was then time for our tour guide to take off. She dropped us at Fisherman’s Warf. We walked around, grabbed a bite to eat, took in all it had to offer. We decided a boat tour was the way to go. I didn’t realize how cold it was going to be. I froze. The tour was great and informative. Lots of history. We saw Alcatraz!! The closet we could get. JUST FYI – you need to book tickets months in advance to get there so don’t try to schedule a tour the last minute. After I thawed, we went to a cool pizza joint for dinner and drinks. We fit in with the locals and that was my favorite thing.

Day 7: We didn’t have plans for this day. We were taking the red-eye at 11:40 that night so we had all day to play. We wandered the city. Hit up Chinatown. Took a Trolley. Went to Goyard. We thought about taking a ferry to Sausalito but then decided to just relax at the Ferry Building. We got back to the hotel and Ashley came to get us. We headed to grab ice cream at Bi-Rite (unreal!!!) and head to Mission Dolores Park for a relaxing break. What a view of the city!!! – just stunning, absolutely stunning. After that is was time for the airport to hang out until our flight took off.

Thanks Oregon and Cali. It was great visiting two states I had never been to before. You were both a dream!

 

PortlandPortland 01^^of course I had to document the coolest Starbucks ever!!!

Portland 03 Portland 02      Portland^^these dream catchers are everything!Portland 04PortlandPortlandPortlandPortland VooDooVooDoo^^one was not enough obviously.Road Trip Portland 05 Portland 06 Multnomah Falls^^the shades of green are insane! Haystack Rock^^Goonies never say die!!somewhere in Oregon Newport^^scene from Newport, OR IMG_0218  IMG_0289 Redwoods 01 Redwoods 02^^it’s hard to wrap your head around the size of these trees.  Redwoods 03^^look closely for the running child.    IMG_0350Redwoods 04  IMG_0196    Moon NapaIMG_0414 IMG_0411 IMG_0392 IMG_0398wineIMG_0410 IMG_0443^^the wine is hitting us. IMG_0464 IMG_0452^^too much wine at this point. clearly! RaziGolden Gate IMG_0496Love you, Robin. IMG_0510San FranIMG_0515 IMG_0511   Sutro Baths^^this bath tho…CaliSan FranSan FranSan FranamericaSan Fran    Trolley trollyIMG_0540 Grace Cathedral  IMG_0487 Grace Cathedral   Grace Cathedral CastroSF  SF

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