Do you know the way to San Jose?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do!

San Jose

Just jump on the 101 and follow the signs. It couldn’t be easier! I really don’t know why they had to write a song about it.

We started the last day of our road trip off the road – at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’m not big on aquariums – not that I have anything against them, I just don’t think I’ve been to one before. And at $24.95 p/p just to get in, I think I know why I’ve not been to one before.

Still, the money was well spent I guess, as the aquarium does a lot to help sustain sea life. And the jellyfish exhibit was just amazing. Basically it was a massive, darkened room, filled with tank after tank full of different types of jellyfish. Each tank was set up kind-of like a window, with a glowing blue backdrop. The light was perfect level for ambience, and also to make the jellyfish glow. Made for excellent viewing, and excellent photos!

Jellyfish

The rest of the aquarium paled in comparison (for me at least; as always, Kristy was a huge fan of the penguin exhibit). We spent about 2 hours wandering around the place, grabbed some savoury crepes for lunch, and then hit the road.

The next two places along the route were Santa Cruz and San Jose, but we really didn’t see anything in the guide book that excited us about either of them. So we only stopped briefly for a few rests, and eventually made it to San Francisco! It didn’t take us long to start crossing things off our “To Do” list. First port of call: The Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Even though we were already in San Fran (we came in from the south, the bridge is in the north), we still drove across the just for kicks and giggles. Also, there are viewing areas set up on either side of the bridge – but personally I thought the one on the San Fran side (where this picture was taken) was a better angle.

Our next jobs were to find the hotel, dump our bags, and then return the car (to SFO airport). Conveniently, to get to the hotel from the Golden Gate Bridge, we had to drive along Lombard Street. Sweet, that’s two items crossed off our list!

Top of Lombard Street

That’s the view from the top, and here’s the shot from the bottom (Kristy also took a video of us driving down, w00t!)

Bottom of Lombard Street

The rest of the day isn’t worth going into detail about – lots of frustration with one way streets, three people cutting me off in the space of about two minutes, me freezing my legs off after dropping off the car (serves me right for wearing shorts!), and a fairly good Thai dinner from a place just down the road.

San Francisco so far has made an excellent impression on me; I can’t wait to get out and explore more tomorrow!

Posted in california, holidays, photos
3 comments on “Do you know the way to San Jose?
  1. Ben says:

    Seems like you have got some of the same weather we had when we were there. Hopefully today you get to view it with blue skies and full sunshine

  2. Ant says:

    Dude you take some excellent photos!

  3. gerrod says:

    Why thank you, Mr West!

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