A few months ago, some friends and I went into San Francisco to see the lesser-known sites of the city. Even though I grew up only 30 minutes outside of San Francisco, I had never really been to anything other than the touristy spots like Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. It was amazing to play around in South Park, to see the view from the heights of Grand View Park, to touch the Dutch windmills in Golden Gate Park, and to explore the cave at the Sutro Baths. I came to know and love that crazy but beautiful city by the Bay.
So when my friend Trevor from BYU messaged me on Facebook and asked about visiting San Francisco, I was excited to act as the tour guide and plan out their trip. A few weeks ago, Trevor, his cousin from Germany, and my old BYU roommate Heidi came out here to have fun in San Francisco. Our first stop was Monterey. It had been a long time since I had been down there so we drove a couple of hours south to go to the Aquarium and see some other sites.
|Point Pinos lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. It has been guiding ships to safety since 1855!|
|When we found out that the lighthouse was closed, we walked down to the beach and looked out over the ocean. I swear we saw a whale out there!|
|Heidi and I on the beach.|
|Trevor getting his feet wet. I've never seen someone so content to just let the water wash over him in all of my life.|
|This little section had all of the fish from Finding Nemo.|
|We saw the penguin feeding which was pretty cool.|
|The Jellyfish section was awesome!|
|Hammerhead Shark. It took me forever to get a decent picture of it.|
|Trevor, Heidi, and I outside the Monterey Bay Aquarium.|
The next day was our day to explore San Francisco. We left fairly early to avoid traffic and headed to Grand View Park. Grand View Park offers a 360 degree view of the city. It's one of the best views I've ever seen in my life. But it was still pretty early when we got up there so the fog was very thick. Despite not being able to see anything, we still took some pretty fun pictures. We decided we'd come back later in the day to see if the fog had dissipated.
|Heidi standing amongst the ruins.|
|Trevor standing on top of a crumbling wall of the Sutro Baths.|
|The sea lions at Pier 39!|
|Gotta love redwood trees!|
|Me between two large redwoods.|
|Beautiful Muir Beach!|
|My favorite temple!|