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About to hit the road for San Francisco.

Will be a cruisy day so I can stop where I please.

Going to continue to follow California 1 down to Bodega Bay then shoot across to Santa Rosa to visit Russian River Brewing then down to San Fran for 3 nights.

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Just out of interest, what's your camera? I'd bet a bottle of brew it's somewhere above a smartphone :bigcheers:
 

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Everything I'm posting here is just taken on my OnePlus 5.

I've also got a Canon G7X II and shooting in RAW so I can edit them when I get back home.
 

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Today was a cruisy driving day as expected.

Followed the coast to Bodega Bay then on to Santa Rosa.

It seems Sundays aren't the best day to visit Russian River. I got there about 13:30 and there must have been 50 people lined up outside so I gave it a miss. Disappointing but I'll try and find some Pliny in a bottle shop to try.

Drove to Battery Point and was lucky enough to get a car park to take some photos of the GG Bridge. I've never seen so many people in such a small area. Madness.

Got to the hotel then walked down to Fisherman's Wharf and wandered around for a few hours.

Stumbled on a bar at Pier 39 called Beer 39. Ha! Had a couple of beers and walked back to the hotel for the night.

Have an 8:45am tour to Alcatraz tomorrow and going to Golden State Vs Miami tomorrow night over in Oakland.

Still to decide what I'll do in between but no shortage of options.

Initial impressions of SF are good and I'm looking forward to seeing more over the next few days.

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Today was a cruisy driving day as expected.



Stumbled on a bar at Pier 39 called Beer 39. Ha! Had a couple of beers and walked back to the hotel for the night.

Have an 8:45am tour to Alcatraz tomorrow and going to Golden State Vs Miami tomorrow night over in Oakland.

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Theres a place down there - Pier 39 - called Chowders that does a mouthwatering, surprise, surprise, clam chowder served in sourdough. Just the ticket for the morning after.

When we visited Alcatraz, there was an old bloke (now deceased) signing books, with a most unusual name.

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Also, Rogue has a tap room on union st.
I stopped in there for a beer and it took me a while to pick from their decent selection :)
 

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Go popular sports teams. Put the thing in the thing.

Golden State Warriors Vs Miami Heat.

Nosebleed section.

Good beer all round here if rediculously expensive.

Drinking a SNPA right now $13 USD
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What a great experience the NBA game was. They sure know how to entertain a crowd.

Everyone who attended also got a mini replica of last season's trophy. It's actually got some weight to it so a nice souvenir.
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Sorry you missed Russian River - it's a cool bar. For others (or if you're ever back there) they have an on site bottle shop where you can get bottles and growlers for off-premise consumption. Just head to the front of the line and say you want to get takeaway (though I've been in there and still had a line of 5 people). Thanks for the posts!
 

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Had an overall cruisy day today, not leaving the hotel until just before 10am and headed to Anchor Brewing.

Was an interesting tour and ample tastings to be had.

Then wandered around to a few bars as recommended by a fellow tour visitor, went to the Painted Sisters with some more random wandering before heading back to the hotel then down the road to Brazen Head for an early dinner.

No draft beer but an adequate selection of bottled beer but some amazing food.
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Harmonic Brewing in SFO is great as well as 21st Amendment if you get time
 

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I'm leaving this morning unfortunately. Could happily stay longer but off to Monterey for tonight.
 

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I walked past it but it looked closed so ended up at a place called Cooper's Pub which is an English styled pub.

Had a couple of Guinness and tried a few of their English "style" ales. They were ok.

Had fish and chips for dinner and that was pretty good. Then went back to the room and had a couple of 21st Amendment Down to Earth Session IPAs. Pretty tasty.

I went to the aquarium earlier in the day. I thought it was good but question the value of the $49 entry fee.

Today I'm driving down Big Sur. It's been raining overnight but the sky is starting to clear up so I'll leave it another hour before I head off to give it a bit more time to clear. Looking forward to today's drive and will be stopping in Morro Bay for the night.

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The weather today was pretty average but made the best of it and am now in Morro Bay.

It's pretty quiet here so I've got a pizza from a local pizza place and drinking a few Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion 007. Very nice.

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