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Exploring California: Following the Footsteps of John Muir

I hope you enjoyed reading about Point Reyes and Petaluma and learned something you didn’t know before, but now it’s time to move to the next adventure. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head to my last post Exploring California: Point Reyes to Petaluma.

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” ~John Muir

This is one of my favorite of many quotes by a man named John Muir. Muir was one of America’s most influential naturalist and conservationist. Without his passion for nature and his stubborn determination many of our country’s National Parks and Monuments would not be here today.

John Muir lived just east of San Francisco, in Martinez. The Muir House is now part of our National Parks, making it our first stop of the day!

John Muir was such a fascinating man. I could go on forever telling incredible stories about this man’s life. I highly recommend you read a little about him and some of the extraordinary adventures he’s had in his life! He inspired me to keep on adventuring, and I hope you will find that same inspiration within his work!

Next stop on today’s journey was Point Bonita Lighthouse. This lighthouse is located within Marin Headlands, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The pattern continued with our cold, windy, and foggy weather that day. Making it less than ideal as we hiked our way down to the lighthouse, but we still made the best of our time there.

Along our hike we were able to see out into sea and even got the chance to see some seals laying along the shore. Oh my, was it sure windy down at the lighthouse, but the view was breathtaking despite of the weather again!

We took a walk over this teeny tiny bridge to the lighthouse. Now, this is still an active lighthouse for the city of San Francisco, making this encounter even more interesting. I was shocked by its size when I first laid eyes on it. I am so used to the giant lighthouses I always see in pictures! It just amazes me how a structure so small has such an important job!

From the Marin Headlands we headed back over the Golden Gate Bridge into the city! We decided to have lunch at a Dim Sum restaurant in china town. It was a place a friend of my dad’s had recommended! If you’ve never been to a Dim Sum restaurant and enjoy Chinese food, I highly recommend giving it a try. It is such a neat experience! Plus, who doesn’t enjoy some delicious Chinese food!

After we fueled up, we headed downtown! We took a drive down Lombard Street (the famous crooked street) and this was one of the most terrifying, but cool touristy things to do. It is quite incredible to see the amount of brainpower and talent that had to go into the architecture of creating that street. Though, the street is extremely steep and with the traffic and tourist roaming the street it makes for interesting ride down!

We may not have ridden the cable car , but at least I can say I was on one!

Of course we had to do the tourist thing, and adventure into Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. It might be summer, but with the weather we’d been having we treated ourselves to a nice warm cup of hot chocolate from Ghirardelli. (Ice cream will just have to wait for another time)

Once we were done being tourists for the day, we ventured back to the hotel where it was lights out for the Cannizzaro’s for the day!

Coming up on Exploring California…. a day in the Valley! Keep a look out for my next post as we venture into Sonoma and Napa searching for the perfect wine!

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