Saturday, October 11, 2014

Santa Cruz and San Francisco

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.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 26Looking at an old picture.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 28And this is Linda.  She is Velma’s daughter.  Better pictures later.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 29Linda played tour leader and took us to San Francisco via the coast highway.   Beautiful!09-29-14 San Fran 03009-29-14 San Fran 03109-29-14 San Fran 03209-29-14 San Fran 034The haze was around us most of the day but I think this is pretty common.09-29-14 San Fran 036I was amazed at the pampas grass growing just everywhere.  Wild!  Here we have to plant it.09-29-14 San Fran 04009-29-14 San Fran 046Yep, heading the right way.09-29-14 San Fran 051I love all the houses.09-29-14 San Fran 05209-29-14 San Fran 054I don’t want to live here but I love the area.09-29-14 San Fran 05509-29-14 San Fran 06109-29-14 San Fran 06509-29-14 San Fran 073And 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.09-29-14 San Fran 08109-29-14 San Fran 084Alcatraz at a distance. I really would have loved to go over but this was pretty cool.09-29-14 San Fran 087Linda and I.09-29-14 San Fran 090OK, one more, Ross and I.09-29-14 San Fran 091We stopped at a deli for a couple of sanwiches.  Should have shared.  They were huge.09-29-14 14-30-1209-29-14 14-30-35The San Francisco skyline is the fog.09-29-14 San Fran 09309-29-14 San Fran 096What the area is famous for – hills!09-29-14 San Fran 099Another view of Alcatraz.09-29-14 San Fran 100And the Golden Gate Bridge.09-29-14 San Fran 108Ross and Linda09-29-14 San Fran 114The Palace of Fine Arts.  This was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.  A beautiful place.  Peaceful.09-29-14 San Fran 11709-29-14 San Fran 11809-29-14 San Fran 12009-29-14 San Fran 12309-29-14 San Fran 12409-29-14 San Fran 12509-29-14 San Fran 12609-29-14 San Fran 12909-29-14 San Fran 13009-29-14 San Fran 131So 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.09-29-14 San Fran 13609-29-14 San Fran 137The pictures just don’t do it justice.09-29-14 San Fran 13809-29-14 San Fran 14009-29-14 San Fran 14209-29-14 San Fran 14409-29-14 San Fran 146We 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.  09-29-14 San Fran 14709-29-14 San Fran 15509-29-14 San Fran 15709-29-14 San Fran 158One of the cruise ships in the harbor.09-29-14 San Fran 16009-29-14 San Fran 163Some interesting architecture.  I think we were near or in Chinatown.09-29-14 San Fran 16509-29-14 San Fran 166And then it was time to head home.  09-29-14 San Fran 17209-29-14 San Fran 17509-29-14 San Fran 17609-29-14 San Fran 177Same lighthouse but heading south to Santa Cruz. 09-29-14 San Fran 179

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Santa Cruz and San Francisco

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.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 26Looking at an old picture.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 28And this is Linda.  She is Velma’s daughter.  Better pictures later.09-28-14 at Linda Santa Cruz 29Linda played tour leader and took us to San Francisco via the coast highway.   Beautiful!09-29-14 San Fran 03009-29-14 San Fran 03109-29-14 San Fran 03209-29-14 San Fran 034The haze was around us most of the day but I think this is pretty common.09-29-14 San Fran 036I was amazed at the pampas grass growing just everywhere.  Wild!  Here we have to plant it.09-29-14 San Fran 04009-29-14 San Fran 046Yep, heading the right way.09-29-14 San Fran 051I love all the houses.09-29-14 San Fran 05209-29-14 San Fran 054I don’t want to live here but I love the area.09-29-14 San Fran 05509-29-14 San Fran 06109-29-14 San Fran 06509-29-14 San Fran 073And 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.09-29-14 San Fran 08109-29-14 San Fran 084Alcatraz at a distance. I really would have loved to go over but this was pretty cool.09-29-14 San Fran 087Linda and I.09-29-14 San Fran 090OK, one more, Ross and I.09-29-14 San Fran 091We stopped at a deli for a couple of sanwiches.  Should have shared.  They were huge.09-29-14 14-30-1209-29-14 14-30-35The San Francisco skyline is the fog.09-29-14 San Fran 09309-29-14 San Fran 096What the area is famous for – hills!09-29-14 San Fran 099Another view of Alcatraz.09-29-14 San Fran 100And the Golden Gate Bridge.09-29-14 San Fran 108Ross and Linda09-29-14 San Fran 114The Palace of Fine Arts.  This was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.  A beautiful place.  Peaceful.09-29-14 San Fran 11709-29-14 San Fran 11809-29-14 San Fran 12009-29-14 San Fran 12309-29-14 San Fran 12409-29-14 San Fran 12509-29-14 San Fran 12609-29-14 San Fran 12909-29-14 San Fran 13009-29-14 San Fran 131So 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.09-29-14 San Fran 13609-29-14 San Fran 137The pictures just don’t do it justice.09-29-14 San Fran 13809-29-14 San Fran 14009-29-14 San Fran 14209-29-14 San Fran 14409-29-14 San Fran 146We 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.  09-29-14 San Fran 14709-29-14 San Fran 15509-29-14 San Fran 15709-29-14 San Fran 158One of the cruise ships in the harbor.09-29-14 San Fran 16009-29-14 San Fran 163Some interesting architecture.  I think we were near or in Chinatown.09-29-14 San Fran 16509-29-14 San Fran 166And then it was time to head home.  09-29-14 San Fran 17209-29-14 San Fran 17509-29-14 San Fran 17609-29-14 San Fran 177Same lighthouse but heading south to Santa Cruz. 09-29-14 San Fran 179

Thanks for stopping by.  More from the Santa Cruz area later.

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