Wednesday morning woke early, checked out, got a cab to take us to a rental car place. We’d rented the car via the web, and they didn’t have one in stock, so we had to get them to take us to another place to pick up a car in Oakland. So that cost us about an hour, but we were autonomous! Fred set up the GPS with the intention of going to Muir Woods and we were off.
On the most circuitous route imaginable. We arrived at Muir Woods at about half past noon, and could not find a place to park closer than 3 miles away. After all the walking we’d done the day before we decided to skip it and went to Muir Beach instead.
Those crazy people were in the freezing water! Plus, the sand was really thick and hard to walk in, and it completely messed up my toenail polish, not to mention my Crocs. It was too hot to walk barefoot, though. We hung around for a bit, dipping our toes in, sitting on the overlook, watching puppies play, before we hit the road.
The plan was to take Highway 1 up to Oregon, then cut across to Portland.
The plan lasted 3 hours before we surrendered. Too windy, too often away from the water, and low speed limits. When we finally surrendered and cut across to Highway 101, we were only an hour from San Francisco, though we’d traveled 3 hours! We were starving so we pulled over at the first McD’s we saw and had a late (4 PM) lunch.
New plan–up Highway 101 so we could see redwoods and what-all. We made some good time, then hit mountains. Like, mountains. Big trees. Winding roads. Signs that said “Elk Crossing.” Elk River. It was kinda cool and kinda creepy and once more slowed us down. Fred had hoped we’d get to Portland that night. I’d hoped the border of California. We made it to Eureka.
BUT we got the coolest room at the Best Western Plus. It had a view of the water, a balcony, and a jacuzzi tub and was just gorgeous. Too bad we only stayed about 12 hours. Still, lovely honeymoon-type room. We went to the steakhouse behind it and I got a salad (not too hungry after eating at 4). We went back to the room and watched the sunset.