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Snaps from my California Trip (June 2007)

I was in the Firetide office @ Los Gatos, California for a six week period, during June - July 2007 for a project. Did make use of most of the weekends by visiting a few places around San Jose / San Francisco.

Point Lobos

Shabna, Suma and Bharath @ Point Lobos state reserve, near the Monterey bay. This was my first weekend there, where we made a trip to Monterey and then drove along the Highway 1, a very beautiful stretch of road along the Pacific coast. Point Lobos falls on Highway 1, just past Monterey.

Pacific coast along CA-1

View of the Pacific from the Highway 1. This is from a Vista point, just next to the Rocky Creek bridge. There were many long bridges across the creeks and its obviously a lot costly to build a highway just next to the ocean.

Bixby bridge

Bixby Bridge along Highway 1. We turned back soon after this bridge, but Highway 1 goes all the way to LA / San Diego. It wud take abt 7 hrs (say 12 hrs if u add the picture times) to LA along Highway 1, compared to the 4hr drive along US-101. But, I guess the drive is worth the extra time :-)

Bart train to San Francisco

Bart Train. This is what I used to get to San Francisco from Campbell, where I stayed. The nearest Bart station for me was in Fremont.

Golden Gate bridge

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Completed in 1937, it connects San Francisco to Marin County as part of US Highway 101 and California State Highway 1. With a length of 1.7 miles including approach spans, Golden Gate Bridge is the 2nd largest suspension bridge in US and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco.

Cable car @ San Francisco

A cable car in San Francisco. Cable cars and buses are the means for public transport within the city.

Fisherman's Wharf

@ Fisherman's Wharf. This is one of the must go places in San Francisco, buzzling with activity. It has a Wax Museum, Aquarium, access to boat rides to Golden Gate bridge and Alcatrez Island and a lot of Sea Food!

Private boats near Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf

View from Pier 39 near Fisherman's Wharf.

Larkspur Landing hotel, Campbell

The hotel were I stayed. This is Larkspur Landing @ Campbell.

Yosemite valley ... This is the view from Washburn Point, just before the Glacier Point. I felt that Yosemite may be a better place to visit past summer. Atleast, the trek to Half Dome would be a very interesting one.

Yosemite valley

Yosemite is about 200miles from San Jose and the drive is through a variety of roads, including some narrow hilly roads like the Raymond Rd. Also, the driving directions from google maps were not entirely accurate. While the directions says, "Take Left @ CA-41 after Raymond Rd", there is a small stretch one has to cover on CA-49 after turning right from Raymond Rd, before you can hit CA-41. Anyways ... this was an interesting trip, especially with a very late return in the dark.

Half Moon Bay beach

Half Moon Bay Beach. This is one of the many beautiful beaches (probably the most famous) along the Highway 1, south of San Francisco.

Beach near Davenport

This is somewhere near Davenport during a drive between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz on California Highway 1. There were so many beautiful beaches in this stretch. I was trying to identify this particular beach using Google Map / Earth .. etc but still not very sure what its called. Possible options are Shark Tooth and Panther Beach[1] [2].

San Francisco

San Francisco city as seen during a boat ride. There are boats available for $10, from Fisherman's Wharf, which will take you under Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatrez Island.

Sunset @ San Francisco

Couple of high rises in San Francisco, in a late evening, as seen from the Pier 39 bridge. I was waiting for the July 4th fireworks here.

July 4th fireworks

July 4th fireworks .. as seen from the Pier 39 bridge in San Francisco. There were two simultaneous / synchornized fireworks.

@ Mystery Spot

Ashi and some tourists @ Mystery Spot, near Santa Cruz. Did u notice them leaning too much? They say, gravity is screwed up here!

Me with Chevrolet Malibu

With the Chevy Malibu, I used to drive there. The pic is taken during my 3rd drive on Highway 1, along the Pacific Coast, towards Big Sur. I luved this place! The bridge on the lower left is the Big Creek Bridge.

Spanish bay @ Pebble beach

Spanish Bay @ the Pebble Beach, in the Monterey bay, south of San Francisco.

References:
  1. In a mail, from Robin K A Hays, he mentioned that this beach is indeed Shark's Tooth beach. He also mentions that: "It is an amazing, hidden beach!! It has a tunnel through the hillside that goes from the beach and extends back east under Hwy. 1. This area has a lot of history dating back to 1900 when the cement company first started". Thanks for the update Robin.
  2. In yet another mail, from Deena Khalifa, she says - it's actually called "shark's fin cove". She also says that apprently a few movies (including one starring Vin Diesel) was shot there. Thank you Deena.



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