We arrive in San Fransisco on June 15th and plan to spend a couple of days walking around and crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. We never quite made it to the Golden Gate Park area last time.
We will then drive via the wine growing area, Sacramento & Chico to Redding where we plan to stay a few days and catch up with folk at Bethel Church.
From there we will take a few days to drive to Vancouver via Shasta and Yreka, California; Rosegurg, Springfield, Silver Falls City and Portland, Oregon; Spanaway and Bellingham, Washington; stopping somewhere near Vancouver, British Columbia. We want to have time to visit the Butchart Gardens and some friends in Victoria.
June 27th to July 11th - on board Star Princess
Our return trip to San Francisco will take us along the coastline. I'd like follow the route from Seattle around the Olympic National Park but it is a lot of driving. We only have 9 days for the return trip so might have to break our rule to drive less than 4 hours in any day if we are to make all the stops we want. One that I am not going to miss for anything is the Redwood forests in north California. I also want to stop off at Silver Falls for a good walk and I'm sure there will be other places too.
19th July about 4 pm return the rental car at San Francisco.
We don't want to over plan as there will be times when we want to take a break and look around .... spontaneous breaks, as something catches our interest.
I remember from our first big drive, 7 weeks, from Miami to Los Angelos, how we had to learn to allow for the huge distances and how muddled I often was when working out traveling times even though I tried to allow for a mile being double a kilometre. This time we will have our Tom Tom, GPS navigator so I can relax.
62 sleeps before we Fly.