California Leg Of 2010 Tour


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iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #14

WALKED ON AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2010

On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean beachfront.

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 3 hours in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.  I also walked for 2 hours upon returning to Arizona in the evening.

The California leg of the tour was fun (but exhausting):

  • After having done quite a bit of driving for the previous few days, it was nice to only have to drive 4 hours from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco.
  • My wife and I had a great dinner with friends at a Thai restaurant.
  • I had to get up early in the morning as I was 45 minutes away from Golden Gate Park.
  • My car’s GPS system got me within 4 miles of the park and then kept running me around in circles.  I didn’t find the park until I turned the GPS off and navigated using common sense.
  • It was foggy, so I didn’t get to see very much of the Pacific Ocean (see the video below).
  • The drive to Los Angeles was a little exhausting, but fortunately I got there before traffic got too bad.
  • Once again I had to get up early as I was 45 minutes away from Griffith Park.  Fortunately it was easy to find.
  • The hike up to the top peak wasn’t too bad, but it was strenuous in a few places.
  • The drive back to Arizona was really starting to get to me.  I even pulled off the road into a Jack In The Box parking lot and took a short nap to refresh me before continuing.
  • Traffic wasn’t too bad and I picked up my dogs from where they were being boarded.  Of course we were happy to see each other.

HERE’S AN OVERLOOK VIDEO OF THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO FROM THE OBSERVATION AREA AT THE TOP OF HAMON TOWER IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

HERE’S A SHORT VIDEO OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN BEACHFRONT IN SAN FRANCISCO


HERE’S A CUTE VIDEO OF A SQUIRREL I CAUGHT TRYING TO FIND A PLACE TO BURY A NUT IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

HERE’S AN OVERLOOK VIDEO OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES FROM THE TOP PEAK IN GRIFFITH PARK

Here is my San Francisco podcast. It can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here is my Los Angeles podcast. It can be listened to by clicking the button right below these words.

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Here are pictures from my walks.

DOUBLE CLICK ON THE IMAGE THUMBNAILS TO VIEW FULL SIZE PICTURES OF MY CALIFONIA WALKS
SAN FRANCISCO PICTURES ARE 001 THROUGH 38
LOS ANGELES PICTURES ARE 039 TO THE END

Here are 5 fast facts about the state of California:

California the most populous state in the United States and the third largest by land area, after Alaska and Texas.

California’s five largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Long Beach.  Its capital is Sacramento.

The state is home to the nation’s second (Greater Los Angeles area) and sixth largest (San Francisco Bay Area) census statistical areas as well as eight of the nation’s fifty most populous cities.

In the 19th century, the California Gold Rush brought about dramatic social, economic, and demographic change in California, with a large influx of people and an economic boom that caused San Francisco to grow from a hamlet of tents to a world-renowned boomtown.

If California were a country, it would rank among the ten largest economies in the world, with a GDP similar to that of Italy.  It would be the 35th most populous country.

Next stop, Phoenix, Arizona.