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We only spent 2 days in San Francisco. The rest of the trip was around the city.


Big Sur coast south of Monterey. This place is amazing.
We have been here on two other occasions, and loved it even more the third time.
The following photos are from this portion of the coast.


The sunset was craaaaazy good.


A visit to the Monterey aquarium was awesome for Alex and us.


I was mesmerized by the jelly fishes.


Alex waiting for the sea otter to swim by.


Monterey's Cannery Row.


Another one from Cannery Row


Our hotel room. Alex is drawing.


We found a beach with a bunch of tidal pools, and found a lot of wildlife.


Alex and Grace loved holding hermit crabs.


Oh how fun.


It's fun just watching Alex on a beach. He turns into an animal.


Pigeon Point lighthouse.


Point Reyes hike in the fog.


Same place


The south part of the peninsula was fog-free.
We stocked up on some tasty food at Trader Joes and picnicked in the trunk of our minivan.
On the menu: Italian-style bread (pugliese), two cheeses from France,
prosciutto from Germany, and local fresh tomatoes and bell peppers (very yummy).


A nice ocean-view hike on the south end of peninsula.


A bunch of sea lions sunning on the beach.


Spring Break rocks!


North Beach in Point Reyes.


We spent an afternoon hiking in the Coast Redwood forest.


 These trees grow to 115m (380ft) in height.


This is us between two trees.


More from the Redwood forest.


We drove up to Mt. Tamalpais, parked our car with the trunk pointing towards
downtown San Francisco, and had another memorable picnic.


We toured Napa Valley, and this is Robert Mondavi winery, on of the more famous ones.


We stopped at this airport to check out some First and Second World War planes,
all of which flew tourists around ($$$). Alex loves airplanes (daddy's boy).