March of 2011, we took a trip to San Francisco and camped at San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica. We arrived late Friday evening to torrential rains in the dark. Luckily, set up was not too painful. It was so dark we really could not see how close we were to the coastline.
We headed into SF after breakfast and took a driving tour through the City… Golden Gate Park, Lombard St, Fort Mason Center. It pretty much rained the whole day. Marcia met up with her colleagues from 20+ years ago from California Tomorrow for the afternoon and reminisced about advocacy work.
Saturday night, the storm came in even stronger… by midnight, our Airstream was rocking back-n-forth and shaking sitting on the cliff top above the Pacific Ocean. It really felt like we could get swept up by the wind and thrown into the ocean. For about 4 hours in the middle of the night, we decided to move our Suburban away from the cliff edge and sit tight closer to the RV Park Office.
In the early morning, we returned to the Airstream. We woke up to clear blue skies and a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean from our window. What a magnificent view!!
Day 3, we decided not to stay for another night of rain and wind. We headed south to Palo Alto and stayed in Jerry and Gloria’s driveway. We had a chance to take our family broods (9 kids in all) fishing at a local park and enjoy a walk through Stanford University.
Maverick and Justin had a chance to ride in Jerry’s VW Westfalia. This is Maverick’s dream car at the moment and it cemented his ideas for his first car.
Monday morning, on our way out of Palo Alto, we did a drive-by to Steve Job’s home to thank him for inventing the iPhone, iPod, etc.
The rain continued on and off the remainder of our drive home. We feared the CHP would shut down Fwy 5 at the Grapevine if the road became icy. We drove through the snowy wonderland through the Grapevine. Though we had a very rainy weekend trip, we had a great time visiting old friends.
Luckily, we got pass the Grapevine prior to closures. We made it home, safe and sound. Another adventurous trip.