Up early to be met by Andrew's
uncle and aunt. Rosemary is short and well built, like Andrew's dad.
John is a little bit taller and thinner. Very welcoming and friendly.
They took us over to Cliff House for breakfast. Then we drove along
the coast to Montenery Bay. The coast line here seems to stretch for
miles and miles of beaches and sand dunes.
Once out of the city
we were passing through mainly agricultural and rural areas. Lettuce,
pumpkins, sunflowers and vines are al grown here. Also there seems to
be large areas of open grazing, mainly for cattle, and currently
parched brown in the summer heat.
At Montenery bay we visited the
aquarium. The jellyfish were amazing so beautiful and gentle. There
was a rather nice looking sea turtle in one tank and some very cute
penguins and sea otters. We saw a very interesting film on sharks and
the need to protect their numbers - they really are quite amazing
creatures that have been vilified by the media. I also got to stroke
a small shark!
We had lunch at a little restaurant on the wharf I
had clam chowder and red snapper which was delicious, I even managed
to eat it all, the sea air seems to have improved my appetite. We
then drove back through San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.
crossed the bridge in fog which lifted a bit the other side but then
came down again. We drove along a narrow twisty road with bleak ranch
land on either side. There were more trees and hills in the
landscape, but apart from that it reminded me very much of the
Yorkshire Moors. In some ways the landscape is more like the dales
but it has the desolate feel of the moors.
We are staying in Dillon Beach a small cosat village.
The house we are
staying in belongs to a friend of John and Rosemary. It is a lovely
little old fashioned traditional house. It is nearly next to the
Inside the walls are wooden planks, painted blue and white. It
really is a beautiful house.
As it was late we just relaxed over
coffee, wine and cheese. Discovered that in America they have
strawberry flavour cream cheese - I am not convinced about this.
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