After our couple of days relaxing indoors we were ready to head back outside and enjoy nature (even if it was raining – AGAIN).
First stop was the beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. I’m a terrible gardener myself, but I adore Japanese gardens. So sculptural and serene, don’t you think?
We had a tour by an excellent volunteer guide. Thankfully the rain eased up for a while so we could see the gardens at their best.
Amazingly, we had been in San Francisco for a week and a half and hadn’t had a proper look at the Golden Gate Bridge (you may remember we drove over it in the evening on our way to Napa but it was dark and we didn’t get out of the car). So we had a brief stop where we battled through the crowds to take in the famous view.
It was not foggy as it so often is, but the morning glare did wash out the iconic colours. It was also a tad windy – can you tell?
From there we took a scenic drive to the beautiful Muir Woods National Park. Words cannot describe how awe-inspiring the ancient redwoods were.
I had stupidly forgotten to put the spare camera battery in my bag, so the camera died while we were at the Japanese Gardens. My brother, who had been to Muir Woods before, kindly lent us his camera for the rest of the day.
He is a very good photographer (much better than me) and he also has a way better camera than I do. The Man (who started to really get into photography on our trip) and I had so much fun with his camera and lenses. It made for a slow walk, that’s for sure, but we ended up with some shots that we were really happy with.
Of course now I’ve come home wanting to upgrade my own kit.
A tree had fallen overnight and taken down a fence and other trees in its path. We were impressed that even though it was Boxing Day, a team had evidently been in to cut a piece out of the trunk to clear the path.
After our long walk, we stopped off at Sausalito, an utterly charming seaside town.
We have very few timber buildings here in Adelaide (blame the termites) so when I see them elsewhere they always seem so exotic and pretty to me.
We ended our day with some long exposure experiments and a delicious Italian meal.