West Coast State of Mind

I have finally checked California off of my bucket list. I’m back in the south now after a fabulous graduation trip to the west coast. I can now put away the winter clothes and bring the shorts back out. I was not as prepared as I should have been for the cold weather, which called for a few outfit repeats 🙂 It was an unforgettable experience that could not be captured in photos! Here are a few of my favorite parts 🙂

Our last day in San Francisco, before we headed down the coast, began with a visit to Chinatown and ended with an evening in Alcatraz 🙂

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Reppin a lil Nutcracker

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Playing dress up in Chinatown

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There’s more than one way to dry your clothes…

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 Riding the street car up and down the hills of San Fran to the top of Lombard Street.

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Breathtaking view from the top of the crooked street!

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Back down the hill we go! The driver slammed the door in my face because I wasn’t hanging on, as I was trying to take pictures… yes it is possible to hold on with your legs and not your arms Mr. Driver.

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The dad was trying to make his little girls swim in the freezing cold water… they weren’t too excited about that.

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It was so cold, I could barely even touch it!

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Strollin’ around Pier 39

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 Watching the sea Lions push each other into the water was quite comical.

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Yummmm

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Spent the evening being fascinated and creeped out all at the same time… Hellllo Alcatraz!

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Just hanging in a solitary confinement cell… took me a while to actually go in and I didn’t stay in very long.

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Escape from Alcatraz… This is one of the three cells that the men successfully escaped from.

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the hole through which they escaped, and the paper mache head they made to fool the guards

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This is the corridor where they climbed through to the roof and out into the bay… the men were never seen again.

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Towards the end of the tour, we took a visit to the hospital… talk about creepy.

In the dark, cold x-ray room, you could hear the wind howling as the lamp flickered off and on.

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Last stop… The Morgue.

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There were birds everywhere and they were making the creepiest noises!

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Goodbye Alcatraz… glad we made it out alive.

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Driving down the coast…

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Hello Carmel! You are so cute!

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From the british, old fashioned White Swan Inn to the 70’s style Hofsas House!

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Adventures on the 17 mile drive.

The 18th hole on Pebble Beach 🙂

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The highest point on the 17 mile drive

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Driving up the mountain included consisted of beautiful views and many twists and turns not far from the edge 🙂

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I love Big Sur. McWay Falls was dreamy.

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Last day in Monterey!

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From the streetcars of San Francisco to the beautiful farmland and bright blue water along the coast, being in California was an unforgettable experience and I loved every second!

I love you Cali.

xoxo

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