Leaving Eureka I go for another drive along the Avenue of the Giants, breathtaking does not do justice to this place!
Then it’s back onto the coast road towards Mendocino where I stop for a wander and watch the many seals lazing just off the coast. Back in the car and on to Sacramento, staying at Larkspur Landing Hotel ($173, 2nghts).
Across the parking lot is Mel’s Diner where I scoff down an awesome burger with fries and top the meal off with a chocolate brownie sundae. I do some shopping at a local outlet mall, picking up a couple of pairs of Under Armour underwear, quality, quick-drying underwear, perfect for travelling, and take a wander round Old Sacramento town. From Sacramento it’d then down to San Francisco.
Driving over the Oakland Bay Bridge into San Francisco, a view of the Golden Gate with whisps of mist around the top is a truly “wow” view, unfortunately it’s a Sunday afternoon, traffic’s pretty busy so I don’t trust myself to be able to snap some pics and avoid hitting someone in the next lane…
Drive down to Half Moon Bay and watch the pelicans diving into the ocean for fish. Then up to SFO to drop the car off and jump on the metro into town where I stay at The Mosser Hotel ($584, 4nghts).
Whilst wandering the streets of San Francisco I stop at Sweet Maple for their Millionaire’s Bacon, extra thick cut and seasoned with chili flakes among other things – delish!
After seeing the Seattle Mariners lose in my first MLB game at the beginning of July I’m more of a good luck charm for the San Francisco Giants as they comfortably beat the NY Mets on their way to a World Series winning season. The seats were great, at pitch level, close to the action.