Lexi and Hiro's Round The World Journey 2008-2009 travel blog

Watching out our plane window another plane coming into landing

The long steep streets that the cable trams run along

Another view of how steep it is

Looking out to Alcatraz in the middle of the bay

Hiro hanging from the side

Seal lions having a siesta in the sun at pier 39

The Golden Gate Bridge. We were lucky no fog at all so...

Hiro in front of the famous Victorian houses, often used in American...

Lexi on the bridge, it was so windy!

We would have loved to take our time to drive down the coast, but we didn’t have enough time, so we decided to fly from Seattle to our first destination in California, San Francisco. What surprised us just before landing was to see another plane flying right next to us, probably less than 100m away! Apparently San Francisco Airport has two landing lanes parallel to each other, and two planes can land at the same time.

Anyway San Francisco is a hilly but charming city with many beautiful Victorian houses. Famous cable cars going up and down the hilly main street is good fun. A 15-minute ride took us to the Fisherman’s wharf, this bay side pier area is very lively with lots of restaurants, shops and bars. Here you can have drinks, eat fresh seafood and watch wild sea lions sunbaking around on the piers.

Now we are into hiring bikes after the great ride in Vancouver, so we did the same here. It was bit tougher in this hilly city, but it was great fun again riding through downtown, beautiful parks, forest, beach, and finally to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is 3.2km long and 1200m high, it was windy and actually bit scary to ride on it. The view of the bay was fantastic though.

Now we are hiring a car and driving into Yosemite National Park, one of the best national parks in the US. We are bit worried about driving on right side of the road, but excited to be driving in the US for the first time.

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