SF Vacation

Wow, could I be any more behind in my blogging? I have so much to catch up on. To start with, my husband and I just got back from a mini vacation to San Francisco with our good friends, Kimi and Greg. We had such a blast! Friday, we drove up Highway 1, stopping in Cambria to grab groceries for a picnic and fresh olliaberry pie from Linn’s. If you have never had olliaberry pie, you MUST stop there if you are ever in the area! And for those of you that don’t even know what I’m talking about, an olliaberry is 2/3 blackberry and 1/3 raspberry. It’s pretty much my favorite berry.

Okay, off that soapbox. We then traveled to Big Sur area and stopped off at a small road to have a picnic. We drove up a couple thousand feet and found this little grass area that was amazingly beautiful. It sort of reminded me from a scene out of a scary movie, (you know the kind where the group is in a secluded area and a murderer comes out of the bushes and you run and he walks, but he still gets you?), but we came out okay. After that adventure, we stopped in Big Sur to check out the waterfall, and then continued north to Monterey.


Lookout near Big Sur



Beautiful Big Sur


Kimi and me


Dan and me

We did the usual tourist things in Monterey, including driving the 17-mile drive and walking around Fisherman’s Wharf. We even took a little detour to see what used to be my grandma’s old house. Looks very different now!


Grandma’s old land (not her old house)


Lone Cypress tree


Cool view in Monterey

SF was dark when we got there, so we just ended up going to bed. We stayed at the Parsonage Inn Bed and Breakfast in the city which was quite fun. Saturday was filled with lots of activities. After breakfast, we walked to Market Street and caught the cable car to Lombard Street. After taking a few pics, we walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf. Kimi and Greg went to Alcatraz for the afternoon and Dan and I rented bikes and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. We met my sister and her friends there for lunch and took the ferry back. We had dinner at a crab place on the wharf, had sundaes at Ghirardelli, and took the cable car back to our B&B.


At the cable car stop. Notice the ad . . .


Sausalito


Sister and Matt


At the Franciscan Crab Restaurant


Ghirardelli at night


My Ghirardelli Sundae in all its GLORY!

On Sunday, we went to the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park. Then we took public transit to the SF Giants game, where we met my sister and Matt. The game was fun as always from the bleachers. We enjoyed the sun! After the game, we walked to Chinatown and had dinner at my favorite dim sum place, Hang Ah Tea Room. After dinner, we walked to Coit Tower to see the sunset.


Palace of Fine Arts


After the Giants game


What is an express men’s bathroom?


Fun picture of Chinatown


View from Coit Tower at sunset looking out toward the Golden Gate Bridge.

Monday was a long day of driving back to Orange County, but not too bad. I actually love the scenery from the 5 freeway. It’s so rustic and beautiful to me.

Anyway, that’s it for our trip. Enjoy the pics!

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