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Cali At Its Finest

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     Cornfields, country roads, and freedom are all a country boy asks for. Many people find it as a pleasure to live in the country like myself, but others find themselves loving the city life.

     As in night and day, the country and city can’t get further apart from being different. The city is non-stop traffic jams, horns honking, people running in front of moving traffic, and loud noises 24 hours a day while the country is laid back, quiet, peaceful, and birds chirping, seeing nothing but cornfields and maybe a car or two drive by your house per hour.

     This summer I ventured 2,260 miles to San Francisco, California. Although I’ve been to San Diego a few years back, it’s not nearly as busy and upbeat as San Francisco. The city known for the Golden Gate Bridge has many reasons for tourists to visit including Alcatraz, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, etc; therefore the traffic and people “never sleep.”

     My family and I decided we wanted to do many of the attractions listed above while we were in San Francisco. The first day we we drove across the Golden Gate bridge, drove through the city, saw the house “Full House” was filmed in and watched surfers surf in about 55 degree water. As we were about a mile from Golden Gate, we could see the fog covering the top part of the bridge. Seeing the bridge in person is amazing considering I’ve seen it hundreds of times on different TV shows and pictures. The only thing I wasn’t expecting is how big the cables were that hold up the bridge. The house that “Full House” was filmed in was a lot smaller than I expected. As a matter in fact, construction workers were putting a tarp around the fence in front of the house so we couldn’t get a good look at it.

     We also took a helicopter ride, went to Alcatraz Island, and drove down the “curviest” road in America, Lombard Street which was pretty amazing. Each vacation, my family and I take a helicopter tour across cities. This tour was definitely the best one yet considering we were able to see many different things including the ocean, mountains, bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Before we stepped on the helicopter, the pilot asked who wanted to ride in the front next to him and I couldn’t say quick enough that I wanted to.

     When we got in the air, we went over mountains, the ocean, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. When we approached Golden Gate, the pilot asked if we wanted to do an up and over and we all laughed thinking he was kidding. I mean who would even imagine a helicopter could fit under the bridge without hitting it or the water. Before anyone could even answer, he started to go down and before I knew it, we were under the Golden Gate Bridge. We then accelerated up and went back over it. The tour was definitely an experience, seeing mostly all of San Francisco at a birds’ eye view.

     After the tour was over, we got on a bus to get to Pier 33 to catch our boat to take us out to Alcatraz, a prison where the worst of the worst criminals were incarcerated. Supposedly, three people tried to escape the prison by filing down the cement in their cell each night and  then covering it up with a banner or piece of paper. When the hole was big enough, they crawled through it, down the walls and then dug under the ground, jumping in the cold waters, infested with sharks trying to swim across to the next Island. No one is 100% sure that a prisoner ever made it across the ocean, but some people believe one prisoner made it out without getting hypothermia or getting attacked by a shark.  

     Cali definitely was a great experience! It made my mind spin thinking about how bad it would be to live in a huge city. If anyone ever has a chance to visit San Francisco, I would highly recommend it.

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3 Responses to “Cali At Its Finest”

  1. Caleb Johnson on August 6th, 2018 8:31 am

    You did an exceptional job of explaining your trip! I really liked reading about your trip to Alcatraz because i’ve always wanted to visit there. It sounds like it was a fun trip, Great Story Dixon

  2. Katelyn Schreckenghaust on August 7th, 2018 8:11 am

    I liked how you described everything you did in great detail. It sounds like there were a lot of fun parts about your trip, especially the helicopter ride and seeing where “Full House” was filmed. Great story!

  3. Jack Salyers on August 10th, 2018 11:08 am

    This article was awesome Dixon. I loved how you described San Francisco and how it is moving 24/7. My two favorite parts were that you saw the location Full House was filmed at because I’m a big fan of the old show. The second was the helicopter ride, that sounded really fun. All around it was an excellent article.

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