We woke up to find the rest stop where we slept was in beautiful wooded surroundings along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tahoe National Forest. We hugged some trees, breathed in the Christmas-y smelling air and headed on for San Francisco.
Matt found a big enough parking place on the street for the RV, and we went to Portrero del Sol skatepark, which Matt and Riley both loved. Maya and Seth played at the playground, and I hung out with Pablo.
Lots of people walking through the park had their dogs off-leash. I was hesitant, but we finally let Pablo off as he was going nuts wanting to run around with the other dogs. He did amazingly well. This was the second time on the trip that we had let him off leash (the first being on our hike in Colorado, which was probably his happiest day ever, if dog eyes tell you anything). He is like a different dog with wide open space and no leash. Relaxed. Friendly to other people. Friendly to other dogs. Though he's not super social with other dogs. He likes to sniff a bit and then be on his way -- either coming back to us or just rolling around in the grass.
From there we went to downtown San Francisco. There was a place that makes organic wooden gauges (for ears) that Riley wanted to check out. There are so many things we wouldn't get to do if not for Matt. Let's be honest, there's no way I would drive that RV through downtown San Francisco and try to find street parking. It takes finding to spaces with at least one end open to a no parking zone or something that allows extra space to get in. And then driving up and down those steeply inclined streets the city is so famous for? Matt did it, though.
Street parking in San Francisco
San Francisco streets
Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge
Learning about how the bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes
We drove on to Pacifica, CA to an RV park that was on the beach. We had a front row parking spot and great view of the Pacific Ocean, but no beach access. So, we hopped on our bikes (have I mentioned how much I love all these bike-friendly places?!) and rode through town to an access area to dip our toes into the Pacific for the first time!