Monday, October 1, 2012

California Here We Came...

This past week has been spent on vacation in California - San Francisco (Presidio, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, Golden Gate Bridge), Napa Valley (Wine Train), Yosemite (Evergreen Lodge, YNP sites).  We left the dogs at home with dog/house sitter Rachael.  Rachael did a great job.  We came home to 4 happy pups and a relatively clean house (the den was even free of twigs, leaves, and other Spice being Spice debris matter).

Our vacation planning worked out great.  We had a nice mix of scheduled activities and free time,  Our lodgings were awesome.  With the exception of fog rolling into San Francisco, the weather was picture perfect.  We had to laugh driving home from the New Orleans airport today passing our second wreck - we didn't even see any wrecks on the roads while were where motoring around California.  Below are just a few of the ~650 pictures we took between two iphones, ipad, and the camera.

Muir Woods National Monument
Mike at Yosemite overlook

Deer grazing near our cabin at Evergreen Lodge

Muir Woods - Coastal Redwood Grove

Cheryl at Muir Beach with the fog rolling in

The Inn at the Presidio, former Presidio Post BOQ

Japanese Garden at Gateway Park in SFO

The first set of stairs on our walking path back to The Inn

Darn!  This was the view after we climbed the first set up of stairs .  And yes we did climb them all.

Wine Train Locomotive

Fallen Maiden, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite

Tenaya Lake, Tioga Road, Yosemite

Tuolumne Meadows, Tuolumne River, Yosemite

Dining Room, Ahwahnee Lodge, Yosemite Valley

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite

UP 150th Anniversary Celebration, California State Train Museum, Sacramento