S: Moye Family Vacation 2011
BC: until the next adventure
FC: Our California Vacation Summer 2011
1: Making Memories On Our Summer Vacation 2011
2: "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." -Mark Twain | The | San Francisco was a lovely city but not particularly family friendly. We made sure to see all the classic sites and were ready to leave when we did. The hotel was close to Union Square and Chinatown. The beds were very comfortable.
5: Chinatown was a short walk from the hotel and offered great shopping and authentic food. | See No Evil Speak No Evil Hear No Evil
6: It's a Sunny Day on Alcatraz Island
8: We loved this historic tour. The audio tour let you go at your own pace. The whole island is a bird sanctuary and lots of gull chicks could be seen amongst the rocks and landscaping. The mothers would let you know quickly if you got too close.
11: It couldn't have been a more beautiful day!
14: Authentic Sour Dough Bread
15: Fisherman's Wharf | After a walk past Pier 39 at FishermanÂ’s Wharf we found a place to eat. Fisherman's Grotto had the most wonderful sour dough bread. It was a welcome lunch spot looking over the marina.
16: Take Me Out To The Ball Game
17: An Evening With The Giants At AT&T Stadium
18: A Walk and Row in Golden Gate Park | It was a joy to get out and move around. However, rowing for an hour was a little more than we bargained for. Stone, Palmer and I took turns in the pond and barely missed soaking each other.
20: The Japanese Tea Garden
21: Japanese Proverb “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”
25: We took the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito where we met a little bit of sunshine. | "The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I'm here. " ~Billy Graham
26: In Sausalito we found a wonderful restaurant with a fabulous fish taco.
27: After a drive through town, we proceeded west and got lost at Muir Beach and the cliffs above. The overlook was the site of WWII bunkers placed there to watch the Pacific for threats of Japanese fighters. | From Sea to Shining Sea
28: Muir Beach
29: Sometimes being lost is fun
30: Ready to get out of the car and move around, we happened upon this little jewel of a beach. Nestled between the cliffs, we joined a variety of folk; picnicking, hiking, playing in the sand, even a lady doing her daily yoga. Acting on instinct, we threw off our shoes in order to dip our toes in the chilly Pacific. It was the best part of our visit to San Francisco.
32: The most crooked street in the United States
33: Lombard Street
34: A wild ride on a San Fransisco street car.
35: Leaving San Fransisco we headed east past the Altamont Pass wind farms.
36: The Merced River
37: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
38: The Beautiful Ahwahnee Hotel Est. 1927
39: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
40: The Ahwahnee Hotel, a destination for queens and presidents alike, sits on the floor of Yosemite Valley and is constructed from stone, concrete, wood and glass. | The Steller's Jay is the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. They make a loud caw and dazzled us with their size and brilliant color.
41: Once In A Lifetime
42: After getting settled at the Ahwahnee we were ready to go explore. We hit the trail to Mirror Lake where the reflections of the towering cliffs shown in the clear still waters. Breathtaking. We even saw a bobcat on the way back.
48: Ducks gone mad. Originally used to mark the trail, these ducks multiplied like crazy. | The Beauty of Yosemite
50: Fueling up for a big day of hiking.
51: Lower Yosemite Falls
52: Setting out from the climber's camp, Lauren, Stone and I hike Upper Yosemite Falls.
53: Breathtaking Views
54: We made it to the top of North America's tallest waterfall.
55: Upper Yosemite Falls Distance: 7.2 miles Difficulty: 4 Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
61: Views From Glacier Point
64: . | “But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life.” -John Muir | Palmer, Mamo, Pop and Dad road 3,214 feet above Curry Village, on the floor of Yosemite Valley to the overlook at Glacier Point.
66: Saying good-bye to Yosemite with a wonderful breakfast of fresh berries and homemade muffins. | We Love Yosemite National Park!
69: The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
70: On the way out of the park we took a shuttle from the Wawona Store to the Mariposa Grove. The kids and I followed the nature trail while the others saw the trees from the tram. They were incredible. | Fallen Monarch
71: The Grizzly Giant
72: Half Moon Bay
73: One last visit to the Pacific, home of the Mavericks, Half Moon Bay. We had a nice ocean view lunch at the sight of an old speak-easy then headed to the local surf shop. Although the valley was sunny, the fog only slightly lifted before we had to leave. A few surfers braved the strong rip tide and cold temperatures. The views were breathtaking but not welcoming to swim suits.