Leaving San Francisco Part II – On our way (again) in our new home

After coming back from burning man in early September, the plan was to pick up our new off-road camper van (Sportsmobile) and head out again (for real) on our trip. The plan was pushed back when we found out our van wasn’t going to be ready until the end of September. So we moved in with our great friend Sanjay in the mission to wait it out. We took many weekday trips around the bay area during the week (Bolinas, Santa Cruz, Point Reyes) and had reoccurring “going away” parties back in SF on the weekends (it’s my last night guys!).

We couldn’t complain as there are so many beautiful things to see right in the backyard of SF and we love nothing more than spending time with our friends.

Some Northern CA highlights:
Bolinas – What an odd little surf/hippie town. There is little in the way of places to eat, etc. in this town, but that is surely the way the locals want to keep it. Bolinas is a great place to be based for access to both surfing and hiking. Be sure to check out the tide pools at Agate Beach if you go.

IMG_0699.JPG

Jenine at Agate beach

IMG_0696.JPG

Tide Pools at Agate Beach

Point Reyes – Can’t say enough about the hikes here. The Alamere Falls hike, as well as our combo bike ride/hike to Arch Rock were some of the best day hikes we’ve done. If you live in the bay area and haven’t been, put both hikes on your list.

IMG_0731.JPG

Up close on Arch Rock

IMG_0716.JPG

Sitting on the bluffs on the trail to Arch Rock in Point Reyes

IMG_7413.jpg

Beautiful waterfall along Alamere Falls

IMG_0661.JPG

A waterfall on the beach! Alamere Falls

Going away parties in SF – A huge thanks to Sanjay for organizing our “official” going away party, as well as Nick Fogle for the toast to our goodbye. Many fun “going away” events followed in our extended stay, and we even got to see opening day at Levi Stadium. Thanks to all who joined us!

IMG_7483.JPG

tailgating on opening day for the 9ers with the two biggest 9er fans I know

The Sportsmobile on pick up day in Fresno:
As we got closer to the end of September, we got the great news that our new home – the Sportsmobile (SMB) was ready for pick up on 9/26, right before our friends’ wedding in Vegas. We met up with Jonathan and Brian at Sportsmobile, and spent all day learning about our new home from top to bottom. Sportsmobile also customized a few late additions on the spot for us. They really have been great to work with.

IMG_7606.JPG

Finally, PICK UP DAY of the Sportsmobile in Fresno!

 

IMG_7608.JPG

All Smiles

Off to Vegas in the Sportsmobile:
Immediately after picking up our Sportsmobile (name TBA) we headed straight to Vegas for the wedding! Big congrats to Eli and Twee! We had a blast at their wedding and it was a perfect way to break in our “rig” and also get an idea of how tall the van is (9’6″).  When we valeted the van, the parking attendant gave us a lot of props (way more than the sports cars waiting in line).

After the wedding, we wanted to take the Sportsmobile back to SF and show everyone, but on the way back from Vegas we had to go to the Ford dealer in Fresno to get some work done. This meant we only had one day in SF to quickly gather our stuff stored in our friends basement (huge thanks Dow and Haley! See you at Christmas!) and head out on our first scheduled adventure – Thousand Island Lake near Yosemite. Really to sorry to those who we didn’t get to see with the van (friends, coworkers, etc.) – we were very rushed.

99% of everything we own is currently now in our Sportsmobile, and I can’t even describe how hard it was to get to this state. I’ll do a post describing our essential gear in the future.

Thousand Island Lake, CA:
After loading up the SMB (literally throwing everything inside as quickly as possible) we drove 6 hours to the Thousand Island Lake trail head, arriving at 2am. By 6am we were up, packing our trail packs and heading out on our 3 day hike. This would be one of the most incredible places we have ever camped, and also one of at the most challenging hikes we have done to date (you hike over a huge mountain pass with heavy packs at 10,000′ elevation). It was also our first backcountry camping / hiking experience. Thank you Tim, Lawrence, Emily, Ben, and Tom for showing us the ropes! We highly recommend an overnight here to all you hikers/campers. It’s a magical place where the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails meet. You can also check it out in the documentary Mile… Mile & a Half. Also some great trout fishing, if you can get your gear up to the 10,000 foot elevation.

IMG_0748.JPG

After Vegas, we headed to Thousand Island Lake for an incredible but grueling multi-day hike

IMG_7738.JPG

Finally, after about 6 hours and 3K climb, we reach the incomparable Thousand Island Lake

IMG_7760.jpg

got em!

IMG_0765.JPG

Sunrise!

IMG_7776.JPG

The crew, making tea, watching the sun come up

Thanks to everyone who helped us get to this point in our trip, and get on the road, especially Jenine’s Mom, Sanjay, Dow, and Haley. Next, our first true experience camping and off-roading in our new home in one of the meccas of off-roading, Death Valley. Post coming soon…

What we were listening to:   Tumbleweed Wanderers – Freedom Town

IMG_0646.JPG

The beautiful hike to Alamere Falls in Point Reyes

IMG_7413.jpg
IMG_0659.JPG

Alamere falls at the beach

IMG_0661.JPG

Point Reyes

IMG_0665.JPG
IMG_0669.JPG

Hiking in Bolinas

IMG_0677.JPG

Point Reyes Lighthouse

IMG_0686.JPG
IMG_0687.JPG

Mountain Biking - Bolinas Ridge Trail

IMG_0690.JPG

Surfing at Bolinas

IMG_0695.JPG

On top on the bluffs Agate Beach Bolinas

IMG_0696.JPG

Tide Pools at Agate Beach

IMG_0699.JPG

Jenine at Agate beach

IMG_0708.JPG IMG_0709.JPG
IMG_0716.JPG

Sitting on the bluffs on the trail to Arch Rock in Point Reyes

IMG_7438.jpg IMG_0720.JPG IMG_7444.jpg
IMG_0727.JPG

Climbing down to Arch Rock

IMG_7447.jpg
IMG_0731.JPG

Up close on Arch Rock

IMG_0732.JPG
IMG_0736.JPG

About to get wet

IMG_0741.JPG

Jenine was so nervous the waves were going to wash her away 🙂

IMG_7454.JPG

On top of Arch Rock- incredible hike

IMG_7462.JPG

Dinner in Mill Valley with Sam and Ben - we'll see them next at their wedding

IMG_7483.JPG

tailgating on opening day for the 9ers with the two biggest 9er fans I know

IMG_7501.JPG

Waddle Creek Beach

IMG_7606.JPG

Finally, PICK UP DAY of the Sportsmobile in Fresno!

IMG_7607.jpg

Johnny the owner at Sportsmobile was present to hand the keys over to our new home

IMG_7608.JPG

All Smiles

IMG_7612.JPG

Moving into our new home, my Nissan on the right will be missed, but we've upgraded

IMG_7613.JPG

Jenine first time driving

IMG_7623.JPG

First night, feels pretty cozy

IMG_7624.JPG

Camping in Vegas, in town for our friend Eli's wedding

IMG_0748.JPG

After Vegas, we heading to Thousand Island Lake for an incredible but grueling multi-day hike

IMG_7724.JPG

So many beautiful lakes to see along the way

IMG_0755.JPG

Mount Davis in the distance, mile / mile and a half away :0

IMG_0758.JPG

Starting to hit more akes - 10K+ feet up

IMG_7731.JPG
IMG_7738.JPG

Finally, after about 6 hours and 3K climb, we reach the incomparable Thousand Island Lake

IMG_7743.JPG
IMG_7745.jpg

Time to catch dinner - amazing trout fishing up here

IMG_7760.jpg

got em!

IMG_7763.jpg

Pretty excited, pure joy from hiking all day to the lake & catching dinner at the shore

IMG_0763.JPG

delicious trout

IMG_0764.JPG

It got real cold at night, below 30 degrees

IMG_7769.JPG

Thousand Island Lake, right before sunrise

IMG_0765.JPG

Sunrise!

IMG_7776.JPG

The crew, making tea, watching the sun come up

IMG_7784.JPG

Exploring on day two. Tim and I hiked to the snow pack on Mount Davis (on the left)

IMG_7789.JPG

Starting the hike up Mt Davis

IMG_7805.JPG

Reached Snow Pack at 13K feet!

IMG_7806.JPG

View from above

IMG_7813.JPG IMG_0790.JPG
IMG_0791.JPG

heading back out on Monday

IMG_7815.jpg

Pretty Exhausted but so happy toward the end of our trip

IMG_7653.JPG IMG_7573.JPG
Posted in USA Tagged with: , , ,
7 comments on “Leaving San Francisco Part II – On our way (again) in our new home
  1. Aunt Patty says:

    Hey George and Jenine
    Wow wow wow! Great pics! All of them are absolutely beautiful. A couple of my favorites were the pics of catching and cooking the trout. That is the best and yummiest dinner!!! California has so many beautiful areas. Thank you for share your travels with all of us:). We love you both;) Aunt patty

    • Jenine says:

      Thanks Aunt Patty! There are SO many beautiful spots in California. Wait until you see our Death Valley post! Highly recommend it. Love you guys. xoxo

  2. Tami says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!! I LOVE IT ALL!! THAT FISH MUST HAVE BEEN SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!

  3. Chris and Christy says:

    Safe travels guys. Your blog posts are awesome. It is really great to hear about your trip and see all of the pictures. You are giving us a lot of ideas for our next big adventure.

  4. OH WHAT A TRIP SO FAR. WISH WE WERE 40 YEARS YOUNGER!!!! YOU ARE SMART DOING THIS BEFORE BABIES.
    TAKE CARE AND WILL SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET HOME. WE LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

  5. what a gorgeous rig, you guys! So happy you finally have it.
    We are pushing off Nov. 9th (hopefully!!). paula & john