Growing up in downtown Grand Rapids I thought I was used to heavy traffic and lots of people. My first family vacation was a real eye opener for me. Waking up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a flight out of Chicago, me and my family were off to San Fransisco.
I had no idea what to expect once we landed in San Fran. “What do we do first???” Was the first thing that popped into my mind. Once we had left, I was in awe because it was the first time I had ever seen a five lane highway… And what the heck are “Carpool” lanes??? California was so much different from Michigan. Everything was so much faster, invigorating, exciting!!!
On the first of our six days in San Fran, we went to all the local piers including Pier 39. We had heard from many locals that Pier 39 was the place to be if you are visiting San Fransisco. After we circled the same paking lot for an hour just to wait for someone to leave we were finally there. Shops… Street performers… Walruses??? The locals were right, Pier 39 is a true sight to see if one was ever to visit San Fransisco.
Next on the list was a six hour car ride to lake Tahoe on the east side of California. Never had I been so bored, or been so annoyed by my little brother and sister in my entire lifetime. But finally after hundreds of leg cramps and thousands of “Are we there yet???” ‘s from my siblings we made it to the lake. After only two short hours of swimming and relaxing my stepdad decides that he wants to be home before the sun goes down. Grouchy and tired, we all pile back into the van and prepare for another six hour ride back into town. twelve hours in the car for only two hours of fun? For me, not quite worth my time.
Day four is the trip to Point Reyes. A lighthouse on a massive cliff overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Driving on the sides of those cliffs had never made me more scared to be in a car, because if there is one mistake commited, it is a 500 foot drop into the 60 degree water down below. We visited Muir Beach and a Redwood forest after our trip to the lightouse. Never had I seen a tree that you could actually drive a car through till that day.
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