West Coast

I haven’t posted in weeks; many things going on. For the past week and a half, I was touring the West Coast consisting of Vegas, Yosemite, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and LA.

Vegas: the main strip is somewhat what I expected, as well as the 90 degree weather. Gambling and drinking everywhere, great place to party all night (Hangover). The Bellagio buffet was great, and the view from the Eiffel Tower was pretty cool. And what’s up with all those escort card pushers.

Yosemite: It rained and was foggy, boo. Maybe one day I would go back to see it on a clear day, and perhaps do some big hikes, wild water rafting, and hug a Sequoia tree. But still, the views were impressive.

Santa Barbara: A very short visit. All I remember was a beach and an avenue full of stores for clothes shopping (booooring). The residential areas were nice at least.

LA: I had enough time to explore Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Bel-Air.

SF: This was the highlight of the trip with so many things on my todo list and managed to do them all. We entered through Sausalito for a brief Golden Gate bridge viewing area then drove through several neighborhoods, and even drove by the Full House block. After a sunset cruise, I ate some crab at the Stinking Rose restaurant, Yum.

The next day was a visit to Alcatraz followed by the Academy of Science, Golden Gate park, and Chinatown feast. I made sure to load up on the carbs. The next day was RUN Day!

My hotel was on Market street and Hyde. I started by running up Leavenworth St, the hilliest 1.5 miles ever. After 3 breaks or so, I managed to reach Lombard St to the “steepest crookedest street”. I then ran to Coit Tower after a nasty spiral uphill. Then ran back down to the Embarcadero. It was smooth running from here on, the views were great. I ran past Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, Marina Blvd, Crissy Field, and could see the Golden Gate in the distance the entire time. Eventually, I reached Fort Point, the best spot I could think of for a Golden Gate shot. I quickly realized that it was a dead end and had to turn back. I found some steps which led me to the Presidio, and followed a bike path until somehow I was on the road, then the beach, huh. Even with GPS, I felt lost. Once I hit California street again, I decided to just take it back to the hotel instead of going to Land’s end. I eventually just took a cab. I went selfie crazy during the entire route.

Maybe next time, I’ll run farther and change the route a bit. I capped the run for 2 hours because I scheduled a bike ride across the bridge later that day. Let’s just say biking is not my thing, and my ass hurt for days. And the downhills in Sausalito had me preparing for death, I’ll just stick to running. But overall, it was cool to bike in the SF streets and go across Golden Gate. During the last night at SF, we dined around Fisherman’s Wharf followed by Ghirardelli chocolate, and trolley car night ride (I made sure to be in the front and hang off the side).

Overall, it was a great trip, great experience, and met cool people. Life would be interesting if it was one big vacation.

4 thoughts on “West Coast

  1. PDX Running Chick May 8, 2012 / 3:20 am

    Ha ha ha! I totally wondered the same thing about those escort card pushers in Vegas! You do learn not to make eye contact after a minute. 🙂 Nice and extremely busy vacation. The only place worth being in for more than a day (in my not so humble and totally biased opinion) was San Francisco! I am glad you enjoyed it. Your run route was impressive, I love Fort Mason, California Street, forget it…. I love everywhere in SF! And you went to The Stinking Rose! A garlic lovers paradise. Nice! Welcome back to the east coast! Ahhh, if life were only one big vacation!!!

    • sephiroth796 May 8, 2012 / 10:34 am

      After a while in Vegas, I ended taking the escort cards from all of them just for fun. Yes, good thing the tour stayed in SF for 3 days and not 1. SF is great and would like to live there for a few months; temperature is ideal and the views are very scenic. I think running those hills made my legs stronger.

  2. Run To Munch May 8, 2012 / 9:44 am

    Definitely try to go to Yosemite when it’s dry there! Its amazing!

    • sephiroth796 May 8, 2012 / 10:38 am

      I know based on your earlier blog of Yosemite, I would totally do that hike. I would also raft through the rivers, check out the Sequoias, etc. Next time…

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