A mum’s personal account of travelling the world with boys (Part 2 of 25 Redwood National Park and San Francisco)

Written by: Anita Sedlack

After celebrating Thanksgiving with Orren’s cousin and lovely family, we departed Tacoma in the pouring rain, heading south through Oregon and on to the magnificent Redwood Forests near Crescent City. These are such majestic trees, some over 1000 years old. We took a back track, so not many tourists which meant we were able to enjoy the environment more. Great kayaking rivers with snow melt and excessive rain. We spent the night in Crescent City, situated on a wild coastline with a really cute lighthouse – Battery Point Lighthouse. The kids are loving finding squirrels.

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Sizing up the trees in Redwood National Park, California


On to San Francisco!!

San Francisco was an interesting introduction to the large cities in the US. A mix of fascinating culture, fabulous architecture, and a very confronting side that is not so obvious in the Australian culture. A very sad side of humanity; homeless people, people with mental health or abuse issues. It was very interesting to discuss with locals why this is so prevalent here. It made us realise how often in Australia we take for granted our public health system.

We loved the De Young museum, though Myles decided after two and a half hours that “he had no more interest in this stuff”!! (talking about a Picasso and Dali)

The boys loved the sea lions and other marine life down at the wharfs. The street cars are a fun way to see the city, steep streets and stunning views. Orren celebrated his birthday on Saturday and mine on Monday.

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I was very fortunate the skies cleared on my birthday to allow us to explore Alcatraz in the sunshine. The fantastic audio tour of the rock was enjoyed by all. We were also very fortunate to be able to view an amazing art exhibit by Wei Wei while on The Rock.

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Alcatraz Island San Francisco

The highlight of our time in San Fran was birthday dinner at State Bird Provisions. An amazing treat. This place is booked out two months in advance, but each day takes a limited number of walk-ins (a very clever concept as you have to line up hours before, which causes interest on the street, in the hope that you may get in). The placed filled within 15 minutes of being opened. There is no street signage, just a great glass window where you can watch all the chefs prepping. Fantastic, interesting tapas food, a fusion of Asian, American, European.

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Trying an oyster for the first time at State Bird Provisions San Francisco

So proud of the boys for trying new and unusual things. Byron had his first oyster and vowed never to try one again!! They had Guinea fowl, quail, fried green tomatoes, etc. Great presentation, service and overall experience. Simple, industrial, buzzing and not pretentious. Loved it!!


About Conversations from afar

This series follows the journey of Anita, Orren and their two boys Byron and Myles, who left Australia in November 2014 to experience life in different parts of the world. They made their way to America where they discovered incredible places, met wonderful people, and put down roots for a six-month stint working in a totally different job. They ventured to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and France and made so many memories along the way.

Each week we publish a new conversation. Follow their journey.

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