We drive around the bay to approach the Golden Gate Bridge from north. Before we get to the bridge we turn left to Fort Baker. The bridge is hiding behind thick fog which, from time to time, allows a glimpse of the first pillar and/or other parts of the bridge) – each picture looks different as the fog changes constantly. Before passing over the bridge we take a detour to Sausalito, an awesome little town along the bay. Old and new houses very well maintained seem the street and are spread on the hill overlooking the bay. Definitely a upscale area with little expensive boutiques and restaurants along the road. At least as pretty as La Jolla.
It’s already after 12:00 and the fog over San Francisco is slowly lifting. Therefore, we hop in the car again and take HWY 101 over Golden Gate Bridge, where we dive into the fog. As it is only hanging around the bridge we are in sunshine again once on the San Francisco side.
We park the car and explore Fisherman’s Wharf. It is packed with people but fascinating. We see some restored old ships, lots of little shops, and at Pier 39 a whole bunch of Sea Lions. We also enjoy the view of the Bay with Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. Later in the afternoon we leave the town again on HWY 80 over the Bay Bridge and continue all the way to Tracy. The temperature out here is 108 F (42 Celcius) – welcome back to the desert!
Overnight Stay: Quality Inn, Tracy, CA
Dinner: Golden Corral Buffet