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Charlotteís Busmanís Holiday in Oakland, California
Point Lobos

The Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos, San Francisco

I seem to have gotten myself lost with amazing regularity while I was on this trip. On this little trip to the beach I was given directions over the Oakland Bay Bridge, up Market Street, turn at Ganey and then straight out to the Beach. However, Ganey (or whatever it really is) turns out to become oneway around the University of California at San Francisco. So, while Iím trying to turn myself around and get back on the road to the Beach I find myself driving around the university. Itís a beautiful early Spring day in March, I have the windows down, the place looks like a typical funky university area with what I think is a really nice aroma of bay leaves. What a lovely place I think. Itís not until Iím trying to figure out what street Iím really on and look up at the street signs and see one seeing "Haight" and another saying "Ashbury" that I wonder if I really am smelling bay leaves!

This drive was really interesting. Itís very close to Golden Gate State Park, and thereís an historic restaurant out her called the "Cliff House." I have a postcard, from an old painting of the original Cliff House, which is among the missing in action souvenirs as well, and when that turns up Iíll add it to this collection. I was disappointed in the service at the modern Cliff House restaurant. Everywhere else I ate in this area Ė and they were usually nice expense account restaurants Ė I was given a good table as a single diner. But this place wanted to stick me in a corner and I told the maitre dí that in my opinion he was discriminating against me as a single diner and I therefore chose to dine elsewhere. Sounds really good Ė but the closest thing was a little hamburger stand up the street, and I ended up taking Boston Market meat loaf back to the hotel.

Rocks at Point Lobos

Rocks at Point Lobos

The Pacific Ocean at Point Lobos Point Lobos, California



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