California Here We Come – 6b in the USA
It was a perfect fortnight, we have to say:
spending Snowfest in Tahoe City,
watching whales in San Fran bay!
When we first noticed the ripe oranges hanging from the trees in Sacramento, we thought we had finally hit spring. But winter hit back with a vengeance as soon as we drove up to Lake Tahoe, leaving us with two sunny snow days to spend with our unbelievably welcoming host families and fresh powder, skiing, hot-tubing, and immersing ourselves in the American cultural experience. So we literally brought the snow for their exciting community festival: Snowfest. We had a lot of fun taking part in the myriad of activities on offer: torchlight parade, watching fireworks and the laser light shows, fire department pancake breakfast, ice-cream eating contest, polar bear swim, etc.
With tears in our eyes, we headed off to San Francisco, where more fun and adventure awaited us. With a stopover at the Jelly Belly Factory we sweetened our day and gained enough energy to walk beautiful Lombard Street and explore our new neighborhood. We woke up to a cable car ride, and a tour through Union Square, China Town and North Beach before heading to the docks to catch our boat out to Alcatraz. This even gave us the chance to get to know a local San Franciscan who now plays for the NFL. He was luckily in the off-season, so he “quarterbacked” us out to Alcatraz and gave us the chance to experience an arena football game in San Jose – “Go Cats!”
On our bikes, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoyed lunch on the beach and spotted two whales, frolicking near the bridge. Later in the afternoon, we enjoyed some yummy ice-cream cakes, live music on pier 39 and a great threatre-sport improv show.
Birthday parties and shopping pleasures wrapped up our unforgettable trip.