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12th Nov 2017
Back on the Pacific Rim

We left Chicago in snow flurries (-7C) and arrived in balmy San Francisco (16C) where we immediately felt at home: gum trees, harbour views and hills - a welcome change from the flatness of Chicago. We are staying with our dear old friends Ray and Gary in San Mateo, about half an hour south of SF downtown, in their top floor apartment with great views in three directions.

Yesterday they drove us down to see the top section of the spectacular Big Sur coastline, still not open all the way to LA after landslides earlier in the year. A bit of walking, a lazy lunch with a view, and a drive around the famous 17 mile drive from Carmel by the Sea - a playground for the super rich. I am loving the warmth, but wish I had brought some shorts and T-shirts!

Next: San Francisco views
Previous: Farewell to the Windy City

Diary Photos

A married couple doing what married couples do!


Branches going every which way.

Peter giving us a lesson on lichen versus moss.

Trees don't always go up.

Gary and Ray and North Californian coastline.

See them?

Where would we be without Mr Google.

I told him to pull his stomach in!

Big Sur coastline and the Pacific Ocean.

Our view at lunch.

A huge Eucalypt.

You do not see these trees on Australian beaches.

Nice to be close to the beach again.

Getting married on an exclusive golf course as we watch sipping our drinks. Eight attendants!!

Beautiful sunset over the Pacific.

Ray is worshipping the Sun God (or Peter) as we all face west.

Pines, sea and sun.

Ever changing.

A seal with his friends on a rock.

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