muir woods

1,200 years. That’s how old the oldest tree is at Muir Woods, a redwood forest just 12 miles north of San Francisco. There are a few different trails there that you can hike. The shortest one takes just about half an hour. Just make sure you dress warmly because it’s cold and damp once you’re…

how to be a tourist in san francisco

Step 1: Have a bowl of clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot a sea lion sunbathing. Unfortunately, it was still pretty chilly when Percila and I visited in February, so we didn’t get to see any. After you finish your soup, do some souvenir shopping. But make sure you shop…

exploring alcatraz

I always imagined that a visit to Alcatraz would be like an episode of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. Lost souls, who were wrongfully (or rightfully) imprisoned, would wander the cold and damp hallways for all eternity. Uneventfully, but thankfully, there was no paranormal activity. Instead, hoards of tourists flood the prison, just to get a…