Today we woke up and headed to the Denver airport to catch our 8 am flight to San Francisco, CA. We arrived in San Francisco at 9:30 am (PDT) and picked up our rental car. We drove up to San Francisco, where our first stop was Twin Peaks. They are two mountains south of downtown. From the top you can see downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean. My dad and I hiked a quarter mile up to the top of the North Peak to get an even better view.
After that, we drove to Baker Beach, which is to the left of the Golden Gate Bridge, so I could put my feet in the Pacific Ocean. The water was cold! Also, the waves were a lot bigger than I was expecting. They were probably about 5 feet high!
We then went to Pier 39 to get my shot glass! We had lunch at Wipeout Bar and Grill. We then walked along Pier 39, did a little shopping, and saw the sea lion colony!
Around 2:30 pm, we decided to head for our hotel in Sacramento. We had already spent 4 days in San Francisco back in 2010, so this was just a short revisit. Along the way, we drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and we stopped at an overlook on the North Shore to take some pictures.
We continued on to our hotel. We passed Sonoma, CA, which is in Napa Valley, in wine country. They also have a racetrack there. Near Sonoma, we got caught in traffic because of an accident and our 2 hour trip to Sacramento turned into a 4 hour trip. Between Sonoma and Sacramento, we saw the Napa Valley wildfire that was burning.
Even though the Internet said that the fire is 75% contained as of today, the smoke cloud was still huge! When we turned so that the fire was to our left instead of in front of us, we were able to see a little bit of the flames. We were probably only about 15 miles from the edge of the fire. We continued on to our hotel in Sacramento and now we are relaxing and getting ready to head to Lake Tahoe in the morning!