We arrived in San Francisco on July 9th and spent the night in Santa Clara and then took off for Yosemite Friday morning.
El Capitan is visible from many points in Yosemite. It is a favorite spot for climbers.
Bridalveil Falls provide a spectacular view from a distance and up close.
The high Sierra Mountains as seen from Glacier Point remain snow covered.
Bruce at Glacier Point with the rock formation of the "Half Dome" in the background.
Beautiful flowers and fallen pine cones can be seen throughout the park.
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is home to many trees that are more than 800 years old.
Here you see the base of the "Giant Grizzly" - the oldest tree in the park. One limb is over six feet in diameter and stretches 90 feet up.
This tunnel tree is the only one remaining standing. It is wide enough for a stage coach to pass through. Although today only people walk through it. The original tunnel tree fell in 1969. Its remains are also in the grove.
The Sierras from Tioga Road on the way to Tuolumme Meadows.
Back in San Francisco the Golden Gate Bridge is quite a view when it is not fogged in.
A cable car ride up Hyde Street not only gives you an excellent view of the city but also a true appreciation of its steep hills.
Townhouses like these are found throughout the city.
Lombard Street is known as the "Crookedest Street In The World"!
At the top of Nob Hill is Grace Cathedral and the mansion of James Flood. This brown house is now the Pacific Union Club. It is the only structure in this area to survive the 1906 quake.
The gates of Chinatown welcome visitors to its crowded streets.
One of the best known intersections for the 60's generation.
Sea Lions have taken up residence in the bay near Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf.
Bobbie resting and enjoying a lemonade on the pier.
Our trip to Alcatraz was one the more interesting things we did in San Francisco. "The Rock" ceased to serve as a prison in 1963.
It consists of several cell blocks one of which is shown here.
The most famous escape attempt involved prisoners who dug out the cell wall and crawled out. They were never found and remain on the FBI's wanted list. It is believed that they probably drowned in the 55 degree waters which surround Alcatraz.
Bruce takes a break on one of stone benches in the recreational yard at the prison.
Prisoners had only to look out the windows to see and hear San Francisco so near yet too far away.
This view of the city from the prison clearly shows its steep streets.
A warning to those who might have wished to help the prisoners to escape.
We crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to visit "Muir Woods" and more Redwoods. The coastal redwood is smaller than the Sequoia.
The two of us easily fit inside this redwood. Many of the trees are hollowed at the base due to fires.
The Sun breaking through the forest as we walk along the path in the woods.
After leaving Muir Woods, we drove along scenic Highway One. It follows the Pacific Coastline north of the city and has many scenic overlooks. Here, Muir Beach is still partially fogged in.
As the fog cleared we could see the beauty of the coastline.
Visiting Northern California wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Napa Valley. With so many wineries to choose from we stopped at V. Sattui Vineyards.
While in the Bay Area we visited with Steve and Linda Wolf. Linda used to teach with us at Park View.
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