Flying above the clouds.
Riding the Air-Train to the car rental, first view of San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge
Views as we head up to our "Mountain Inn" in Mill Valley
This was the view out our rustic balcony.Marinara Cream Sauce, Pesto, Parmesan, Garlic Bread Crumbs. Aragorn had the "Po'boy" fish sandwich which was also excellent.
This was our dinner view.
Some kind of seaweed things.
A photo of the original Inn.
View from the lobby
John Muir also known as "John of the Mountains", was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.
When he was 22 years old, John Muir enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, paying his own way for several years. There, under a towering black locust tree beside North Hall, Muir took his first botany lesson. A fellow student plucked a flower from the tree and used it to explain how the grand locust is a member of the pea family, related to the straggling pea plant. Fifty years later, the naturalist Muir described the day in his autobiography. "This fine lesson charmed me and sent me flying to the woods and meadows in wild enthusiasm.":225 As a freshman, Muir studied chemistry with Professor Ezra Carr and his wife Jeanne; they became lifelong friends and Muir developed a lasting interest in chemistry and the sciences.:76 Muir took an eclectic approach to his studies, attending classes for two years but never being listed higher than a first-year student due to his unusual selection of courses. Records showed his class status as "irregular gent" and, even though he never graduated, he learned enough geology and botany to inform his later wanderings.:36
Very tall, most of the time we couldn't see the tops.
up, up, up, up, up on a side passage
Spider webs are as glorious as spiders are not.
Room was complete with a kitchenette.
Stations of the Cross
At this point we see a sign that says "No Trespassing" oops... Well, I figured we were alright as we did pray for the dead.
Large turkeys feeding.
Due to the intense traffic we were unable to go inside San Jose Mission. BUMMER!
"Mission San Jose was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on a site which was part of a natural highway by way of the Livermore Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. It is the fourteenth of the 21 Spanish Missions in Alta California. They were founded to secure Spain's claim to this land and to teach the native people Christianity."
This is the inside of the Mission... that we didn't see.
What a cute acorn with "hair"
Rather unique tree with an arm.
Not at the top
but getting rockier
Yes, very big.
By this point my feet and muscles hurt SO badly I seemingly ceased to take photos, it might be noted it had been about 6 hours since we had eaten as well.
We stopped for a veggie pizza, being Friday, and it was soooo good (and so expensive...!)
Rather large, beautiful baby Jesus.
And stopped again at the Ocean.
I spent the airport time resizing pictures for the blog and the plain plane ride passed out until we got to Chicago. I completely missed the beverage cart and another dose of Scoobie Snacks. Ah well... it was a great little, relaxing trip, and my leg muscles are very glad to finally get to relax!!