|The Tattoo we were going to get|
|Our Rental Car - I miss it|
We drove on Highway one through half Moon Bay and stopped for dinner -
|Half Moon Bay - Saturday June 9th|
|Wonder FRESH Catch of the day.|
it was SOOO good. I have never had fresh salmon, this was grilled to perfection and came with rice and wonderful fresh veggies. It was also nice to have some California wine - we just choose a Cab, and it was really good, as was the wine everyplace we went on CA. After that we we headed to our "tent"
|The layout of the "tents" Ocean view to the left|
|Our View from across the street|
The next morning we got up around 5:30 or so - we ended up taking
|It was cold, we wanted to sleep more...|
finding a regular store seemed to be impossible on the way from the air port - but at least we had water - and Peanut butter.... but no bread or knives...
|Coastal trail runners to the rescue!|
|Clean legs before the race|
|At the Start! Nervous!|
|Lining up at the start|
|Aid Stations - awesome volunteers!|
|Going UP - 3ish miles of UP|
|We made it to the top!!!|
|Aid station again after the Ultra 5m hill loop|
|YAY - only 10ish miles to go!|
|High Teck Bridge|
|Post race legs|
|WE MADE IT!!!|
|Post Race Pizza! YUM|
|We were supposed to do this in the car|
after the race - totally forgot. Toast
to Ultra Marathoners!
|Beach On Highway One|
|Entering the Park - $10 per car|
|The Beach at Ano Nuevo|
|Wonderful Wine From beauregard vineyards|
Cruz to hang out and see a town and have some more wine of course
|The Closest Deb got to a shark|
|Beach along highway one|
The next day we packed up and went to get some supplies. Back to Santa Cruz because thats the direction someone told us to go. Turns out that someone was wrong and after a very extended shopping excursion we headed back the way we had come and on to Yosemite National Park. We drove around 5+ hours to get their, I drove the whole way - going up the mountain was quite interesting with my height hating sister. Apparently she did not trust my driving too much and was terrified the whole way - I really did try to drive slow.... We finally got to the park entrance and then drove 45 minutes or so into the park to get to Curry Village
|Bear proofing our stuff|
|"you are now entering the Wilderness" sign|
|Cute strong blue bird - not scared of us.|
|so amazing to see.|
|Me By the falls|
|Laying at the top in the sun with my|
shoes offit was amazing
|The Amazing view from the top of Yosemite falls|
|Going down - NOT GOOD. my legs|
were shaking and hurt SOOO bad
|Wonderful stream water|
|Climbing to more falls|
|Bear Tram at Yosemite|
After the hike we headed back to the car, had lunch in the park and got locked out of the showers - we hadn't showered since Monday morning - yuck. oh well -
|One of my favorites.|
|Lots of little markets with fresh fruit|
|I'm Forest Gump|
The next day I woke up frantic to run - I felt gross - lazy - awful. Too many french fries, chips and pizza. I hurried Debi out the door and we headed out to the water - I over heard some runners talking about running the Chicago Marathon, so I jumped in to discuss - we ended up running with them for a while - my plan was to run across the Golden gate bridge, turns out that that would have been a ten mile run at LEAST - I didn't really feel like a 10 mile run - so we headed back - Debi's knee started hurting un fortiantly - it had been hurting since climbing down the falls the first day at Yosemite and a bruise had appeared on it - We figured she must have hit it on one of her five falls on the run.
After 6 mile city run, we thought we would take it easy and just sigh see.
|I had been wanting to see this for a long time|
|Sooo Pretty - but so hot and tired.|
|Really long one lane tunnel we biked through.|
went to a pizza place - it was SOOOO good. I think it was my favorite one - it was next to Bubba Gumps on the second level of the warf.
The crust was really garlicky and I was SOOO hungry.
|More wonderful pizza in San Fran|
|San Francisco From the boat|
|Alcatraz from the boat|
|No - REALLY?|
So to recap - here is what went good - the car and hotel with price line. The "tents" and other stuff of course...
Here is what went wrong: 1)Planning a vacation with Day one "Run a 50k through 5000ft of elevation change when you live in Illinois and dont' have hills like that"
2) Not drinking enough wine
3)Taking the Yosemite shuttle too much - it's slow and annoying. New phrase if someone is taking a long time is "Your slower than a Yosemite bus"
4)not booking Half done
5)not camping in Little Yosemite Valley and then going up to Half done the next day (requires more permits)
But number one would have taken care of number 4 and 5 kinda - because honestly - if I had had the permits, i'm not completely sure I could have made it on my faulty legs.
6)should have Booked a whale trip in San Fransisco
7)Drink more wine in San Fransisco
It was a great trip though - live and learn - that's what life is all about. Sometimes you can't learn to do things the right way till you do it wrong first - sadly that is the way I usually learn. I thought I would be more tired when I came home, but I actually was not. I feel pretty good. - I do still itch from all the bug bites and it's been about a week.... guess they grow them strong in Yosemite National Park.