Oakdale – “Firestone” – San Francisco

30 09 2013

After the long drive of the previous day where we had to rush through such beuatiful countryside we were now back into “suburban sprawl” for a while before reaching the northern shores above San Francisco. Before we even entered the city I had decided that the highlight of the whole trip was on today’s agenda. You may think I am crazy but the main reason for this trip was not to celebrate my birthday and have a great road trip around the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon but to find a single cache. Why? It was the cache I chose to enable me to complete the Jasmer Challenge. As simple as that. I had planned to complete it with a couple of caches in Europe but the one in Germany was archived just days before I was ready to book my trip. See my posting First Germany

The trail to Firestone

The trail to Firestone


I can say that I chose the right cache to finish the Jasmer Challenge on. The views from the top of the ridge were magnificent and there was a great scramble down to the cache which in itself must have a fantastic story to tell. The outcome of the accident may have bee tragic – who knows? Perhaps the car was just pushed over the edge? Did it happen when the car was new or was it an old banger when it left the road above? My imagination found all manner of scenarios but I guess I will never find out. If anyone reading this knows please post a comment and share your knowledge.
ds8300 with Firestone and the final cache for completion of the Jasmer challenge

ds8300 with Firestone and the final cache for completion of the Jasmer challenge

So here we are 161 months of caching in a single picture.

A fully complete Jasmer challenge matrix

A fully complete Jasmer challenge matrix

Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and expecting to see something is always a gamble. Luckily I visited San Francisco some years ago in beautiful weather but today it was so-so. It’s a magnificant structure whatever the weather. We were staying at the western end of Geary Boulevard as this was in the middle of the tourist season and the hotels were charging an arm and a leg for accommodation.

Golden Gate Bridge from the north

Golden Gate Bridge from the north


On the Golden Gate Bridge towards San Francisco

On the Golden Gate Bridge towards San Francisco


The bridge from San Francisco

The bridge from San Francisco

I have seen San Francisco before, in April 1991 when it was not in the middle of the tourist season and found it to be a pleasant city. This time around it was packed with tourists, parking was difficult and prices were jacked up everywhere in the city. Nontheless it was fun visiting the main tourist spots. We enjoyed being able to relax for a couple of days without having to drive so far. After the great summer temeratures that we had experienced since we landed in LA ten days earlier we found San Francisco to be rather chilly.

View of Alcatraz

View of Alcatraz

Wildlife at Pier 39

Wildlife at Pier 39

One of the San Francisco streetcars

One of the San Francisco streetcars

Streetcar at the top of a steep climb

Streetcar at the top of a steep climb

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

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