Great Land of Alaska

California

I'm so comfortable and at home in Alaska that I wasn't sure if I wanted to take any trips outside of Alaska, but in July of 2006 I decided to take a trip to the San Francisco area to visit a friend and see some new sights. Being in such a large city wasn't as bad as I expected, and I saw and did a lot of fun things down there.

I followed up with a second journey down in November of 2008 and again in November of 2011.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge close-up Golden Gate Bridge and downtown

What visit to the Bay Area would be complete without a picture or two of the Golden Gate Bridge?


Alcatraz

Fisherman's Wharf with Alcatraz behind Alcatraz from the water
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Alcatraz from the water
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Welcome sign
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Watchtower
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Inside a cell
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A site easily visible from the Fisherman's Wharf area is the infamous Alcatraz Island prison, now a landmark and tourist attraction as the prison ceased operations in 1963. I finally got to visit the island on my most recent trip down.


Downtown San Francisco

San Francisco skyline San Francisco at night
Nighttime Fisherman's Wharf

A few shots of downtown San Francisco, one during the day and a couple of the city lights at night.


Carmel coastal trail

Carmel coastal trail Carmel coastal trail
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Carmel coastal trail

Several shots of the coast along a coastal trail that we hiked near Carmel. Having grown used to seeing the silty brown/green waters in the ocean in this part of Alaska, it was nice to see clear blue water and sandy beaches for a change.


Muir Woods

Giant tree

Muir woods was one of the sights I saw on my first trip down. I'd always wanted to see redwoods and I got my wish. These are the biggest trees I've ever seen in my entire life.


Ground Squirrel

Ground squirrel

I got to see a few forms of small wildlife in California, such as this large ground squirrel standing beside the trail watching the hikers go by.

Twin Peaks

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A nice nighttime view of San Francisco from the top of Twin Peaks.

Golden Gate Park

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A small waterfall and pond in Golden Gate Park.

Downtown San Francisco

Downtown from bay
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Downtown San Francisco cityscape as seen from a boat in the bay.

Land's End

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House with nice view
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Nice view of the bay and nice houses at Land's End in northwestern San Francisco.

China Beach

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The rocky shoreline of China Beach in northwestern San Francisco.


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