SF 13 | Point Reyes & Goodbye

 This is a series on my time in San Francisco! You can read Part OnePart TwoPart Three , Part Four , Part FivePart Six , Part SevenPart Eight , Part Nine, Part Ten , Part Eleven, and Part Twelve here.

The last day of the weekend after we went to Sonoma, our friend from New York visited again! We got to have our last sightseeing hurrah, with her: my husband was leaving the next day to ride his motorcycle back up the coast, home to Vancouver, over the next week and I had three busy weeks left working in San Francisco. She offered up her rental car to go wherever we hadn't been yet but really wanted to go, together! I had wanted to go hike-camp in Point Reyes while we were here, but we hadn't - so we drive out there for the day, instead:  


It was a super-nice day the whole (long) drive there, and then as soon as we turned in to Point Reyes - which I hadn't realized covered such a large area! - we were under a large cloud, and by the time we drove out to where the lighthouse is, we were all fogged in and it felt like the end of the earth! Plus, it was freezing: we were all wearing hot-day clothes. We tried to brave it and walked out to a lookout, which both crazy scary and felt like the wind might carry us away! Seriously, there was a spot driving in the had sand-gust warnings. lol. We blew back to the car chattering, after trying to snap a few photos and deciding there's no way we could walk to the lighthouse:


We hung out on one of the beaches nearby, South Beach, to make lemonade out of the lemon weather Point Reyes threw us and then admired the sights on the long drive back: the fog lifting as we left, of course.


And that wraps up my photos for the trip! I had one last week living on the houseboat and I took a day off before the beginning of July to hanging around there and relax before I moved into the city. A friend from work invited me to join her family in Folsom for my first real, American 4th of July celebration - complete with fireworks! And then I stayed in a hostel downtown for my last few weeks there, and it just flew by: having coffee with everyone I could, saying goodbyes, and trying to wrap up my projects before flying back home for the next adventure...

SF 12 | Sonoma & Point Bonita Lighthouse

This is a series on my time in San Francisco! You can read Part OnePart TwoPart Three , Part Four , Part FivePart Six , Part SevenPart Eight , Part Nine, Part Ten, and Part Eleven here.

Now we're nearing the end of our trip! But there were still lots of good, full weekends left. Most of May just flew by: after my mom visited for the weekend, a friend from work came to see the house boat with her kids and we hung out for the afternoon, and the weekend after that my in-laws came for an impromptu visit from the East Coast! They used to sail a lot and we thought they'd love the boat and the docks in Sausalito.

While they were here, we drove down to Sonoma in their rental car so I could see wine country! I loved the old town square, complete with a ranch (below) and a super-old hotel - and, of course, the Cheese Factory.


We headed past town to go to a few wineries for tastings, first having a flavored champagne trio (eek!) and ending up at the small, super-cute, family-owned La Rochelle winery, our favorite. Mostly because it was off the beaten path a bit, and felt like a relaxing backyard - plus, we'd trekked to the port town of La Rochelle, France before and loved it (it's pretty much a little old French pirate town), so the name is what drew us in!


We only had a weekend with them, so the day after Sonoma we went to one of the beautiful vista points I had been looking forward to: Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is the lighthouse that looked super picturesque from across the Bay at the Sutro Baths and Baker's Beach. We went pretty early and waited on this nice bench looking toward San Francisco until it opened, and got to walk around it before it got super-busy.


There was a little beach just around the corner and down the hill - which, note to self, had some nice hiking paths so you could walk over from the Lighthouse - so we went over there for a bit before going home to enjoy the almond champagne I had to take home with me from our Sonoma visit, the day before. Such a good visit!