Carol and Eva  
Loose in the Bay Area
June 2001

      My friends Carol and Eva have come all the way from Montreal, Canada to the Bay Area for a visit! On our first day together we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge and then we headed up to the Marin Headlands where you can get a panoramic view of San Francisco. After that we headed to Muir Woods to see the Giant Sequoia trees. After such a busy morning and in dire need of sustenance, we had a hearty meal at Horizons on the waterfront in Sausalito. Feeling much refreshed, we drove down the crookedest street in the world, Lombard street in San Francisco. With a full schedule of activities still before us, we headed down to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 where we embarked on a one hour bay cruise. The cruise took us with in a stones throw of Alcatraz! After the cruise, we went to Pier 39 to watch the Sea Lions for a while. To end the day in San Francisco, we went to Views pub at the top of the Marriot. On the way home we stopped by Stanford University to see Rodin's Gates of Hell. To end the day off, we went to Celia's in Palo Alto for Mexican food and Mariachi music. That was just the first day!

     For our second day, we decided to take a drive down the coast. We drove down Highway 1 to Santa Cruz where we visited the Surfing Museum. For lunch we had the traditional Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl on Fisherman's Wharf. After lunch we headed 17 Mile Drive where we frolicked on the beach, saw a herd of deer, visited the Lone Cypress and of course Pebble Beach Golf Course where we walked out on it's world famous 18th hole. Feeling like we hadn't done enough, we then headed off to Cannery Row in  Monterey where we had tastings of some of the local grape.

   I took the day off on Tuesday to spend with Carol and Eva. We spent the day touring some of the highlights of Silicon Valley. Our day started off with a walk on the Bay at Mountain View's Shoreline. Shoreline Park is a great place to see birds, such as this baby swallow still in its nest. The next stop was Nasa's Ames Research Center, home of the worlds largest wind tunnel. After a little more touring around, we went to the Winchester Mystery House, where we toured the house and the gardens. Lunch was at a little deli in Saratoga. To walk off lunch, we headed up to Skyline Boulevard in the Santa Cruz Mountains where we went for a walk at Horseshoe Lake. After the walk, we drove to San Jose and walked around Caesar Chavez Park and then we had a refreshing brew at Gordon Biersch.

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