We woke up on Friday with the sad remembrance that it was our final day of vacation. However, thanks to a red eye flight, we pretty much had the entire day to do some final exploring!
Chris fixed breakfast for us again on our final morning at her lovely home. This time we had bagels, fruit, ham, sausage, eggs, and hashbrowns. It was yummy!
From her house we drove a couple of hours over to Atwater to visit the Castle Air Museum. Andrew loves aviation and he was super excited to visit this place. I don’t remember the exact number of planes they had, but it had to have been over 30? 40?
The admission price was $15 which I don’t think was worth it. Everything was outside in the boiling hot sun which definitely detracted from the enjoyment level. They also had a small museum you could walk through. It again was okay, but nothing special.
Perhaps the coolest thing they had (IMHO) was Air Force One!
Anyways, by this point it was around 12:30pm so we started trekking back to SF to figure out what to do with the rest of our time. During this point we decided we were going to try and visit Muir Woods!! We had heard so many good things about it that we knew we had to at least make an effort to see some coastal redwoods.
It was a long drive but got there around 3:30pm or so and were able to find a parking spot. Our suggestion is to visit early in the morning or a couple of hours before close. Parking is scarce and the popularity of this place continues to increase.
We were SO glad we decided to visit. I mean, check out these trees. Beautiful!
Muir Woods also has a few different trails you can hike on, but we weren’t really prepared for that. We stuck to the main loop and walked slowly taking in all the scenery. It’s hard to believe that Muir is so close to San Francisco because it feels other worldly.
After hanging out there for a couple of hours we decided to head back to SF. Andrew was tired of driving and truth be told, we mainly wanted to just get rid of the rental car. As nice as it was, it was also a hassle and we didn’t want to deal with parking in SF.
We returned it and then decided to head to the airport early since we had nothing to do with our suitcase. We got to the airport around 7pm, did security, and then ate dinner at one of the sit-down restaurants since our flight wasn’t leaving until midnight.
I know, I know, we could have spent more time in the city. But we were pooped so we were fine with chilling in the airport and taking it easy.
We finally made it home around 2pm the next afternoon. We were tired, but so thankful for our time in California! It was an unforgettable trip!