Monday, 22 January 2018

Hello Sunshine and Hello San Francisco!

We woke up to see...the sun! With great show we set off to make up for some lost sightseeing time. A quick visit to Glass Beach at Fort Bragg disappointingly had beach access closed, presumably due to the recent wet and wild weather. Glass Beach was originally a dump for Fort Bragg, but years of smoldering fire and the work of the ocean transformed various elements of the "junk" into treasures of fantastical shapes and colourful glass confetti. People has been taking "treasure" home with them, so much so that the beach is now only a small fraction of what it was in the early 1980s!

The waters off Glass Beach. We could not go down to the water's edge

Our drive southward saw the redwoods give way to agriculture lands namely vineyards and apple farms! We didn't purchase any wine but did buy grape juice, freshly made apple cider as well as dried apples to munch along the way. We stopped at Santa Rosa to visit the Charles M. Schulz museum aka the "Snoopy" museum, a place dedicated to the life and works of the creator of "Peanuts". It was small but very enjoyable. This was a highlight for Jonah!

No more redwoods

Vineyards galore

Activating our 79 cents selfie stick!

The kids having a ball while the adults wine taste

What's this?!?! A coca cola products machine! Dispenses your choice of beverage! 

The "Snoopy" museum

Iconic images

Amazing art work. Mural composed of 3588 ceramic tiles. About 10 years worth daily strips originally published between 1956 and 1988!!

When you look closely you can see each tile is different

Education area. Well equipped to engage and encourage 

A wide array of resource materials

Choice of medium!

A fresh slate

Details everywhere. The bathroom tiles!

Little woodstock in the corner

We moved on and shortly found ourselves driving over the Golden Gate bridge and to our hotel. We were fortunate to get an opening special of 50% off as well as parking being included in the rate. With parking usually at $68 + tax per night (!!!) we jumped at the deal. Although we noted that there was no kettle in the room! However, complimentary organic coffee and tea was served in the lobby between 6-10am...

We decided to walk to the nearby Fisherman's wharf to tick off an item of the "to see" list. Yes it was a tourist trap but it was still fun nonetheless, The most amusement came at the Musee Mecanique, an antique coin operated arcade. They had an amazing collection of weird and wonderful coin operated machines. We followed that up with the obligatory seafood dinner and then crepes before returning back to the hotel.

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

When in San Francisco how can one avoid Fisherman's Wharf?!?!

So much fun!

Good old fashioned fun!

Look at what Lara was rated as...piano mover! don't want to know Malcolm!

Some are rather inappropriate!

Oma and Opa had fun listening to the music from the pianolas and wurlitzers

Mal in Heaven. Pepper Palace!

Dessert to end our day

Funnel cake fries!!!

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