The reason for the extended trip to the coast of California was to see more cousins – on Ross’ mother’s side. We had not seen Linda in fifteen years and cannot remember when we saw Velma Lee the last time. This is Velma Lee. She is Ross’ first cousin, daughter of Lucinda who was Grandma’s oldest sister. Velma is 95 years old and has dementia so she would know Ross every once in awhile. It was just so good to see her.Looking at an old picture.And this is Linda. She is Velma’s daughter. Better pictures later.Linda played tour leader and took us to San Francisco via the coast highway. Beautiful!The haze was around us most of the day but I think this is pretty common.I was amazed at the pampas grass growing just everywhere. Wild! Here we have to plant it.Yep, heading the right way.I love all the houses.I don’t want to live here but I love the area.And over we go. Of course, we had to go back and forth a couple of times because – gee, we got lost. EASY do do here believe me.Alcatraz at a distance. I really would have loved to go over but this was pretty cool.Linda and I.OK, one more, Ross and I.We stopped at a deli for a couple of sanwiches. Should have shared. They were huge.The San Francisco skyline is the fog.What the area is famous for – hills!Another view of Alcatraz.And the Golden Gate Bridge.Ross and LindaThe Palace of Fine Arts. This was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. A beautiful place. Peaceful.So we finally found Lombard Street! You know, the very winding street. And Linda did a GREAT job of winding her way down it. Very very cool. I cannot imagine living on this street and having all the tourists drive it or pass by your vehicles parked there. Scary.The pictures just don’t do it justice.We did not take the time to ride the cable car. But did catch site of one going down the street. We checked the map and it seems to only go a few blocks now. One of the cruise ships in the harbor.Some interesting architecture. I think we were near or in Chinatown.And then it was time to head home. Same lighthouse but heading south to Santa Cruz.
Thanks for stopping by. More from the Santa Cruz area later.