From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 28

September 30th (Day 28): San Francisco

Axel and the Golden Gate Bridge
Guess who that is with the Golden Gate Bridge behind …

From Mendocino we drove all the way south along the windy state route 1, visiting another lighthouse, stopping in Bodega Bay for a light lunch, stopping at Point Reyes Station for coffee, and stopping in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to enjoy a view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the city of San Francisco in the background.
We found a motel at the end of Lombard Street close to the Presidio area for our last night during that vacation.  In the evening we went down to the marina, passing by the Exploratorium. After sunset we returned to Lombard Street and found a nice little restaurant there – the “Taste of the Himalayas” – to have some Asian dinner.

And that was it ! The loop has been closed after driving 3600 miles with our rental car. We arrived where we started one month before. A United Airlines flight would take us back to Frankfurt, Germany, early afternoon the next day.

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 26+27

September 29th (Day 26): Redwood National and State Parks

Redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parksmall

After breakfast we drove up the Howland Hill Road east of Crescent City and then did a 5 mile hike along Mill Creek to the Stout Grove in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which now belongs to the Redwood National Park. The entire hike lead us through a wood of majestic redwood trees.
After a lunch picnic at a river close to Stout Grove we returned to our car and continued to drive south to reduce our distance to San Francisco below 300 miles. In “Elk Meadows” we had the opportunity to observe elks very closely.
Fog still was hanging over the coast of Northern California. We reached Eureka with a beautiful little old town and lots of victorian houses, the most bizarre one the Carson Mansion and on the other side of the street: the Pink Lady-House.
We had a wonderful Crab Fettucine in the Sea Grill restaurant, East Street.

September 30th (Day 27): Mendocino

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse

We left Eureka after another great breakfast in a Dennys restaurant and continued to travel south on U.S. route 101, until we reached Leggett where we turned on to state route 1 south. The very windy road led downhill through forest back to the Pacific coast. After Fort Bragg we stopped at Point Cabrillo and did a short hike to the lighthouse there to have a picnic at the coast. Fog started to disappear making room for sunny weather.
In the late afternoon we reached the pictorial small town of Mendocino located directly at the coast where we found a Bed&Breakfast House for the next night. After a walk through this place and also visiting the colonies of birds breeding out there on rocks in the water
we had a great dinner at Ukiah Street Restaurant and a beer in Patterson’s Pub.

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 24+25

September 27th (Day 24): Oregon coast

Bridge in Astoria, crossing Columbia River
Bridge in Astoria, crossing Columbia River

In the morning we hiked along Long Beach on the Seashore Trail, seeing the bones of a gray whale stranded here some time ago.
After visiting a lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park we continued our trip into the South, crossing the Columbia River and heading into Oregon. While we had our lunch picnic at Cannon Beach fog started crawling in from the ocean so we would drive through fog for the rest of the day as soon as we got closer than half a mile to the coast line.
We drove until Waldport where we spent the next night.

September 28th (Day 25): U.S. Route 101 South

Fisher boat leaving Florence harbour
Fisher boat leaving Florence harbour

Next day we had breakfast in Florence in a cute little cafe where you could watch grandma cooking the breakfast for you.
We stopped in one of the state parks exploring the Oregon dunes and later the day we bumped into California where we made it to Crescent City. We stopped by the Redwood National Park Visitor Center to get us some tips for a day hike for the next day.

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 23

September 26th (Day 23): Olympic National Park

Our motel at the longest sand beach of North America
Our motel at the longest sand beach of North America (or of the entire world ?)

From Forks we continued to follow U.S. route 101. We reached Ruby Beach and went down to the beach at the Pacific Ocean, encountering  a mystic surrounding with rocks in the water, fog, through which sun started shining, paled logs in the sand and noisy seagulls.
From there our new driving direction was South. At Lake Quinault we explored the rain forest and enjoyed resting at the lakeshore. In the late afternoon we reached Long Beach and got us a room with ocean view, before we spent some time at the longest sand beach in USA ( 28 miles ) waiting for sunset.

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 22

September 25th (Day 22): Olympic National Park

Deer Lake, Olympic National Park
Deer Lake, Olympic National Park

Today we vistited Sol Duc Valley in  Olympic National Park for another day hike. We hiked to the Sol Duc Waterfalls and continued on a 4 miles long trail to the small and peaceful Deer Lake, a little piece of paradise we were able to enjoy just on our own.
At 05:00 pm we returned to our car and drove to Forks to spend there the next night. Definitely now we are on our way back to San Francisco !

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From San Francisco to Seattle in 30 days – Day 21

September 24th (Day 21): Port Angeles

Port Angeles, seen from uptown
Port Angeles, seen from uptown

Olympia is not only the capital of the state of Washington but also the city where U.S. route 101 starts in the North originating from Interstate 5.
After leaving Woodland it was a short ride to this place. We then started traveling along U.S. route 101 around the Olympic peninsula, along Hood Canal, a fjord of Puget Sound.
At early afternoon we reached Port Angeles, the most northern point of our entire journey. We right away went to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center there to collect some day hiking related information. Then we explored downtown and waterfront of Port Angeles, latter providing a nice view on the Strait of Juan de Fucca, Vancouver Island and even Mt. Baker far away, had some cappuccino at 1st street and booked a room in a Quality Inn located uptown – again with a nice view on the city and the Strait of Juan de Fucca.
In the later afternoon we did a first approach into Olympic National Park visiting Elwha Valley and the Madison Falls, before we did a short walk along Lake Mills during sunset.

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