It was a foggy morning as we left San Francisco and we went and said goodbye to the sea lions. We then went for an early breakfast at Boudins Bakery, famous for their sour dough bread. I had clam chowder and it was delicious!
We left San Francisco and headed up into the hills and forests towards Boulder Creek and the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. It was gloriously sunny once we'd got through the thick fog so we stopped at this viewpoint and put the roof down. Baseball caps were our first purchase back in San Francisco!
We had a great time wandering around these gigantic trees
We stopped for something to eat in the old seaside town of Santa Cruz. We got some tasty sandwiches and ate them while sat on the beach Boardwalk. Back by the coast and it's warm and sunny. I drove us out of the forests and to Santa Cruz, my first drive in the car and it was fun!
The view from our balcony at the Monterey Bay Inn is great!
There was lots to see at the aquarium and we spent a couple of hours wandering around. The sea otters were especially cute and I loved that most of the tank's water is supplied directly from the bay so is as natural as possible.
Life is like a box of chocolates...
The next stage of our road trip began this morning once we had checked out of the Pier 2620 hotel. We got on the road out of San Francisco and climbed up through the hills and forests to get to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The drive was very scenic and good fun with the roof down in the car. Once at the park we followed one of the trails around the gigantic Redwood trees, some over 60 feet in circumference and over 300 feet tall. We got back on the road again and headed back down from the hills and forests and back towards the coast. We stopped at Santa Cruz for lunch and enjoyed a sandwich while sat on the beach boardwalk. We then did the final driving stint of the day to Monterey Bay where we checked into our second hotel of the holiday, Monterey Bay Inn Hotel. The hotel is nice and we have a harbour/sea view room with balcony. Binoculars are supplied in our hotel room so we can look for otters and other wildlife from our balcony. We're located on Cannery Row (so named after the sardine canning factories that used to line this area of Monterey) which is full of little boutique/souvenir shops and lots of seafood restaurants. It's incredibly quiet here compared with San Francisco but we don't mind that and the views out onto the bay are beautiful. We spent the afternoon visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium which was brilliant; so much to see and Jack bought me a blue whale teddy too!
We went for dinner at Bubba Gumps tonight and then headed back to the hotel a short while ago and are having an early night ready for our whale watching trip tomorrow morning, I can't wait! More updates soon! Xx