We checked out of our Venice Beach home in Los Angeles and said our goodbyes to Jess and Nat who were heading home that night. Now we were left with myself, Sam, Dan and Hayden - who was going to go his own way as well but last minute decided to come with us on our road trip to San Francisco. We piled into the car that morning, suitcases and bags packed to the inside roof of the car, blasted music and made our way down the highway to another city.
On our journey there, we made a few pit stops along the way and while were driving along the extremely windy highway a giant tumbleweed flew/rolled out of nowhere and aimed straight for our car. We were all screaming as if we were in a cartoon as it hit the front of our car, rolled across the side and rolled off again into the distance. Luckily we were all fine and were able to continue driving while we were laughing saying that we had no idea that tumbleweeds would be that huge and tough. It felt and sounded like we hit into a tree rather than what we all thought was a tumbleweed - a soft ball of leaves and grass! Five hours later, we park in front of our Airbnb apartment and Dan runs out of the car to see if it made any damage. His face after a few hours of stressing and finally seeing that the tumbleweed left nothing but one stick lodged in the front of the car was priceless.
As we were heading into San Francisco we crossed the Oakland Bay Bridge where I caught my first glimpse of the city - the lights twinkling brightly moments after the sun had set. The tightly packed city lingering over the water. It was beautiful and it was a sight I would never forget.
My time in San Francisco can be summed up nothing short of wonderful. My favourite moments include waking up on my first morning to see the city covered in a thick layer of fog, the bright flowers growing in the smallest crevices and creeping along the pastel houses, feeling almost panicked at times driving through the tight roads lined with parked cars, using all my leg muscles to hike up the massive hills in the suburbs and spending the afternoon at the Golden Gate Bridge, feeling like we had it all to ourselves.
We set off down the highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
We will be coming back for you next time, Six Flags!
Driving over the Oakland Bay Bridge into San Francisco for the first time.
Dan's face as he gets out to check what damage the tumbleweed left on our rental car. It left one stick behind!
Our first morning exploring.
Walking to the top of Bernal Heights hill. When we got to the top we realised the entire city was swallowed in fog and I couldn't have been more excited!
One second you're driving past houses stuck one against another, the next second you're driving past beautiful forests.
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dan, Hayden & our hire car.
One second we were driving on a clear road, the next second the fog had enveloped us and we couldn't see more than a few metres of white in front of us. Of course we pulled over for safety but mostly to take pictures!
Wandering in the fog.
The start of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We were pretty sure this was an eagle flying above us. Which is a pretty amazing sight for us Australians to see in the wild!
Thank you to my best friend Sam for my favourite picture of Dan and I ever <3
Alcatraz Island. We were sooo disappointed to have missed out on going here. We had NO idea that you had to purchase tickets months in advance to be able to go on the island, so we were pretty depressed when we got to the ticket booth and the only tickets available to purchase were almost a month and a half in advance. Please keep this in mind if you are traveling to San Francisco for a short period of time and really want to go to the island!
Exploring the Marina District. This area was a little touristy for our liking, but we were already here since we wanted to go to Alcatraz so we figured we'd have a look around anyway.
Eating my first corn dog.
Piano stairs!! Hayden, Sam and myself ran up and down the stairs recording it on snapchat while Dan filmed us laughing at how silly we all looked.
Serious face when I have coffee in front of me.
The rain only made San Francisco look ever more beautiful.
Every time we walked past this sign we all kept thinking it said 'handsome chestnut'.
I am in love with the buildings and the colours of San Francisco!
Walking around after visiting a way too busy Lombard Street.
We came to the conclusion that you would have really strong legs if you lived in San Francisco!
On our last morning, we walked up the road from our Airbnb to have a big breakfast before heading off to Yosemite National Park.
Driving through downtown San Francisco.
We went for dinner in the rain, eating at a new age Korean restaurant recommended by our host.
Twin Peaks, in the rain and fog.