The photo above shows me standing in front of a fallen tree's roots. You can see how large the roots were.
After leaving the Redwoods we made our way to California and spent the night at Crescent City. There was not much to photograph as the city was hit with a Tsunami in 2011. I did come across a mother squirrel and her two offspring who were hiding in a hole in a bank side.
Saturday arrived bright, sunny and warm. The weather forecast temperatures to be in the high 70s, which is unusual for San Francisco. We decided to use the train and bus to go into the city to save Gary having to drive and battle the traffic. Before leaving the hotel we found out that the city was flooded with visitors due to the Gay Parade tomorrow. So, we made a wise choice to use the public transport.
Arriving in San Francisco we decided to visit the Golden Gate Bridge first. Luck was with us and the bridge was not hidden in fog. At the time of its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest suspension bridge in the world, with a main span of 4,200 feet (1,280 m) and a total height of 746 feet (227 m). The length of the cables that hold the bridge could go around the earth 3 times.
There also was a nice garden overlooking the bridge which is celebrating its 81st year.
There were several tourist areas we wanted to see: Lombard Street (the windiest road in the U.S.), the seal lions on Pier 39, and the cable cars. Prior to seeing the tourist areas we decided to take a boat ride to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. The trip lasted an hour and was well worth the $15 each we paid for the trip.
The crossing across the Bay on the boat was a little rough due to the swift current and the large waves and wake coming from other tour boats. The view of the city upon our return was spectacular but, unfortunately I did not have my telephoto lens with me so the city in my photo is a little far away.
We finally made it to Lombard Street out of breath and tired so took a short break before descending down the steps. As I have mentioned before, Lombard Street is the windiest road in the U.S.. It descends one block and has 8 hairpin turns before reaching the next street. The sun was at the wrong angle so my photos did not do the street justice.
Tomorrow, Sunday we are off to Yosemite National Park.