It was just after midday when we left Pebble Beach and we still had over 4 hours of driving to do before we reach San Francisco. So before we sped up our pace, we made sure our tummies had a good feed. We hoped to find fish and chips of sorts from the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, but we didn’t. There were probably no more than 5 eateries in the area ranging from pubs, to cafes.. which would take too long considering our schedule.
Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey
We spotted the market place in a distance and hoped theres a better chance of a grab-and-go lunch.
The special of the day – Braised Beef Soup! accompanied by potato bread rolls, which were light and easy to bite into. Super good when its so cold out. After a visit to 7 Eleven for snacks to last the trip, we were back on the road again. A different scenery this time, driving past open fields and some farms.
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Usually people would continue along with the coastal drive, but we decided to tweak our route a little and opted for something different. Instead of taking a day trip out to a redwoods park from San Fran, we drove through one along the way. It was magical and scary at the same time. Magical because we were amazed at the height of the trees were and we did drive through during golden hour, so the warm light peaking through between trees was just beautiful. Scary because, most of the roads were quite narrow – what appeared to only fit one car, is meant to be for 2 way traffic. Thank God we didn’t encounter too many tight situations with oncoming cars!
We made it out of the Redwoods but there was still a fair amount of driving to go, it felt like we were driving around a mountain and every 20mins we’ll be out of the foresty bit and get amazing mountainous views… we then came to a point where we HAD to stop. We felt like we hit jackpot when we saw the amazing colours of the sky and with equally amazing views to go with it. Best and favourite sunset to date, especially when it was totally unexpected.
Spotted this loving couple enjoying the sunset, I couldn’t help but take a snap 🙂
The rest of the drive was going through peak hour with traffic the spanned across 5 or more lanes in the dark. No better way to be welcomed into city life than that, hah.
Our Airbnb in Noe Valley, San Francisco
We reached our accommodation, which was on the steepest hill (of many steep hills in San Francisco), just a cosy little studio for the next few days!
Dinner from Wholefoods
We drove to the centre of Noe Valley to see what our options were for dinner, and we couldn’t go pass Wholefoods. After a long day out, all we wanted to do was just eat in, in our PJs, on the bed in front of the telly 🙂 oh and can’t not have soup! You would’ve realised by now that soup was our kind of comfort food for this trip!
White fish, pesto tortellini, greens and creamy pumpkin soup 🙂
Next: We head to Napa Valley!