Living the Northern California Life: A 13 Week Experience

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If this is your very first time checking out the OffTheClockNurse blog site, let me clarify the kind of life I live. I am a Traveling Operating Room Nurse and take 13 week contracts around the US. This was my very first time in Northern California, and also I wanted to share some of my preferred places to have a look at if you are ever before in this field. My get in touch with location remained in San Carlos, CA, concerning 30 minutes southern of San Francisco and also 20 minutes north of Palo Alto. Let’s get going…

… San Francisco The well-known Golden Gate Bridge is VERY prominent, however a have to see. You can even stroll across it. I’ve seen it so many times in movies, so it felt surreal seeing it personally and just how massive it is. It opened in 1937, competes about 1.7 miles, with around 110,000 autos driving on it each day, as well as is one of the most legendary bridges in the world!

Alcatraz Island, situated 1.25 miles offshore from San Francisco, has so much history. What began as a military ft back in the civil war, developed into a federal jail for some of one of the most well-known wrongdoers, was later shut down and also occupied by Native Americans throughout a protest to redeem land. Sadly, the federal government made a decision to take it back. once again. despite the fact that it had actually been abandoned for several years. It was then transformed into a National Park. I’m grateful that they know that discusses the Native American occupancy, because I had never ever heard of it until going to.

Museum of Ice Cream … Is it worth it? At $ 38 for an access ticket, what do you truly get? Regarding 5 minutes to study the phony sprinkles swimming pool and also totally free roam of the remainder of the center… … And ice lotion all along the means. For me as a social media individual and my love for sugary foods as well as ice cream, it deserved it. It was fun going and taking photos while enjoying frozen deals with and also cotton sweet. But I will certainly claim, it’s not for every person and also there are a heap of kids running around as well.

San Francisco Ferry Building is a huge Market area to get vegetables and also fruits, in addition to coffee stores, restaurants, and also local goods. The doors opened up in 1898 and also was the top setting of transportation for any individual trying to get to the city. As ferries became the out-of-date setting of transport, the structure was altered right into workplace up until a quake in 1989. Lastly, in 2003, the doors resumed after lots of restorations as a market location. (Be sure to quit at SideKick Cafe for the tomato soup and smoked cheese sandwiches)

Stop by to see the Sea Lions sunbathing at Pier 39 Did you understand San Francisco has a lot of swings

arbitrarily situated around the city? One of them lies at the Bernal Heights Summit. This area is also a pet park and has fantastic sights of the city. Santa Cruz Boardwalk located

on the beachfront in Santa Cruz, still has the carousel that functions with a few of the initial pipelines from 1894. There are various other trips and also food stands. Beaches: Shark Fin Cove Panther Beach On the way to Santa Cruz is the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The towering redwoods had shed marks from previous fires, yet shows just exactly how durable these trees are. Another one to have a look at is Muir Woods National Monument is another redwoods woodland in the San Francisco area. Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur Concerning 3hrs

southern of San Carlos is several of one of the most gorgeous

shoreline in California. 17 Mile Drive is a popular drive around multi-million buck homes constructed

right into the sea cliff sides. Quit and also see the Lone Cypress Tree that has actually been representing over 250 years Ghost Trees Fanshell Beach

Seal Rock

Bird Rock From Monterey, it’s one more hr drive on a winding roadway to Big Sur. During the drive, take in the gorgeous websites of ocean on one side and also massive tree

hillsides on the various other. Bixby Creek Bridge was created in 1932. Several people stop below to take images as a result of the magnificent nature surrounding it, and also the esthetics of the bridge itself.

McWay Falls, situated in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, is an 87 feet tall Waterfall that runs all year. There wasn’t a means to get down to the coastline when I existed, but I could have rested at the top as well as viewed it for hours.

Nepenthe is a dining establishment situated north of McWay Falls. It’s spendy and also a long haul, yet with some gorgeous views.

Pacifica A middle in between San Francisco as well as Halfmoon Bay, Pacifica is a wonderful excursion for a couple hrs.

Devil’s Slide Bunker was used during WWII as a triangulation terminal, where the armed force would certainly keep watch of the ocean for missle assailants. By 1949 it was shut down as advanced techniques came right into play. Currently the building is covered in graffiti as well as sits upon the staying rock.

< img class=" wp-image-2720 alignnone size-full “src=”” > A short walk from the Bunker is Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3 mile walking that is led for runner, bikers, and riders. There are benches to hinge on to see the attractive sky line as well as ocean. The other side you can see the structural plates that have shifted from past earthquakes.

Point Reyes Factor Reyes has to do with 2.5 hrs Northwest of San Carlos as well as a large breeding ground for Elephant Seals. During the month of February as well as into March the elephant seals begin to have their dogs that will certainly feed from the moms for a month before being dispatched to look after themselves. The finest area to see them gets on Drakes Beach.

Elephant seals is just among the animals you can see in Point Reyes National Park. If the lighthouse is open, it has actually been a viewpoint for Grey Whales because 1870, nevertheless, it was shut and also under construction when I was there. Seek to the skies for various aquatic birds. This area has many farms on the land with cows and also even caribou.

Chimney Rock is an additional location you can see elephant seals from a distance, yet I highly suggest taking the walking route throughout for some lovely sights.

Don’t neglect to stop at the Cypress Tree Tunn el. The trees were grown around 1930 and tilts in over a roadway that results in an old structure that was initially utilized as a wireless telegraph transferring terminal in 1913-1914. The structure wasn’t open when I went.

On your method or out, look for the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck. Originally gotten by the landowner as a “fixerupper” that he never ever navigated to. The ship itself is around 100 years old and also has actually been half ingested by the land.

* Don’t fail to remember to gas up before pertaining to Point Reyes. Gas costs are higher and also there aren’t any type of once you start driving right into the National Park *

There is still so much to see in Northern California and also not nearly enough time, but this is a begin. Obviously I can’t neglect that this is WINE COUNTRY, but that will certainly require it’s very own post, so inspect back or subscribe to see when it’s uploaded!

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