We had to check out of our SF hotel today but not until midday, so we went out for an early ish morning stroll around the local blocks.
The main aim to try and get rid of $200 as quickly as possible on a new pair of Ugg boots for Suzanne before we started driving from San Francisco to Monterey.
We succeeded with relative ease.
One thing we did see which amused us, was. Chinese tourist, outside the Sir Francis Drake hotel, in San Francisco, having a photo taken with a Beefeater.
After a quick coffee shop stop where we got a free coffee as they forgot to charge us, we went back to the hotel, grabbed our ever increasing luggage and went off to track down Norman.
Luckily we found him with ease in the spot in the parking lot where we left him.
Setting off, driving from San Francisco to Monterey
Our first stop was Lombard Street, which is a popular photo stop for tourists (or damn nuisance tourists) which is what I would call them if I lived there. Although I guess you know what you are letting yourself in for when you move there!!!
After the obligatory photos, we jumped back into the car and headed for the Golden Gate Bridge, praying it would be clear, but knowing deep down it wouldn’t be, as we could see the fog from the top of Lombard St.
On arrival, we parked up, and accepted the fact we would not see the bridge. I guess this is the true San Francisco, and we have heard it referred to as the Foggy Harbour. On the drive out of the city, we did get a fabulous view of it though, bathed in glorious sunshine. Perfect. Only trouble was it was painted on the side of a motorhome.
It was at this point that the reality started to hit. Surely us driving from San Francisco to Monterey wouldn’t be like this all the way down the Pacific Coast Highway?
10 miles….20 miles…still clouded in fog. Then….wait for it…..more fog.
Hoping and Praying for that sunshine!!
We were so looking forward to this part of the holiday, and for all the wonderful views we should be enjoying. We are hoping and praying that it improves over the next few days between now and arrival in LA.
We got to Monterey for our next overnight stop, checked into our Comfort Inn, basic but adequate. It is no Hilton, but at a quarter of the price, you wouldn’t expect it to be.
Dinner was a short drive to Pacific Grove to a restaurant called Victorian Corner.
Decent prices, a good selection and good food. Pacific Grove, in the dark at least, look a lovely little town, and (for those of you old enough to remember) reminded me of Cabot Cove, from the Murder She Wrote series.
I expected Jessica Fletcher to jump out at any moment!!
It was then back to the motel, to hope and pray for clearer weather tomorrow!
We have had a great day driving from San Francisco to Monterey, but what a disaster it would be if we are taking one of the best driving roads in the world, and for it to be shrouded in fog. Come on California!!
Here are a few of my favourite photos.Enjoy!!