{at this moment: road trip, the finale}

Happy Friday everyone! Ok, this is it, the final installment of our road trip to the Bay Area. After we said our sad good-byes to my dearest friends, we spent the next two days in the city of San Francisco. On Monday, we bolted out of the hotel room pretty early and made our way to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. My daughter and I visited once before, so we wanted to show the boys this gem of a museum. Among other things, we saw giraffes (not real), butterflies (all fluttering free around us in an enclosed atrium), and tons of sea creatures in the aquarium. Some other things we saw, but not pictured: baby ostriches (so cute!) and an albino alligator (scary!).


The museum did its job and sufficiently tuckered the kids out. While they snoozed in the car, the husband and I took a car tour of the city. I pointed out all my favorite spots from the time I used to live in the city. When I first moved to San Francisco, one spot I enjoyed visiting to clear my mind and head was the Sutro Baths and adjacent hiking trails. Built in 1896, the baths were once the world's largest indoor swimming facility. They were destroyed by fire in 1966 and never rebuilt. Just up the hill from the Sutro Baths is a hiking trail that affords the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Ahem, on a clear day.) I spent many weekends hiking and running these trails in my "youth." They have since been built up with safety rails and signage, and were more crowded than I remembered.


Once the kids woke up from their slumber, we got back on the grid and headed to (tourist destination #1) Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square. Seeing the faces of my kids while they devoured their Ghirardelli chocolate sundaes made braving the crowds worth it. After walking around a bit, the decision was made to head back to the hotel room and order room service. (Kids love them some room service!)

On our very last morning in the city, we stepped right outside our hotel for a trolley car ride. We thought the kids would get a kick out of it. They were not impressed. So, we promptly jumped off the trolley right in front of Goyard. At this point, I stood frozen in front of the window display and proceeded to salivate. (Did you happen to catch my Instagram of the stacked vintage steam trunks? Gorgeous!)

Whew! And, that concludes our road trip. Thanks for indulging me and allowing me to share. I'm thinking we need to make this trip an annual adventure.

Happy weekend everyone! Have any fun plans? We've got my son's soccer game, and quality time with friends and family on the books. Make it count, friends!

PS~Almost forgot! Speaking of great people meeting great people, this LA meet up (coined Blognic) happened last Sunday, and a great time was had by all. It was so nice to meet some new faces and see some familiar ones again. Thanks again for organizing, Amanda, Sarah, and Kelly!




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  1. Gorgeous photos! Love the one with the fish and the one of Suthro Baths. Can't believe it is Friday already but I am ready for the weekend. Need to sleep in tomorrow and on Sunday I am taking my parents to see the 9/11 memorial, which I haven't see either. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I never made it on the hike long enough to get to the Sutro Baths but I have definitely "tried" to run the Batteries to Bluffs - which ended in a big fat FAIL

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  3. Such fun you had, SF is such a fabulous place.  I love the Giraffe image, that's brilliant and the beautiful blue sky over the Ghirardelli sign (which in itself is to die for).I love also that your kids dig room service, mine do too,  it cracks me up, like they don't get room service at home!!!! classic.  Have a great weekend x

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  4. you make me want to get up to San Fran ( I think I wrote that before), but you are. Sounds like lots of fun. Tell me more about Blognic. I just didn't have it in me that day to go. I want to hear about it.  Teri

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  5. Theresa, it looks like it was a wonderful trip, and I think you're smart to make it an annual affair. How fun to see how your kids' reactions change (maybe the trolley ride will get more impressive?), although I imagine that the sundae will always delight. And you know, Callum loves room service too and we never order it. I need to change that. I need to change the fact that I've never been to San Fran too. Soon!

    I'm on my own this weekend. Not quite sure what I'm going to do with myself! Happy weekend, dear.

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  6. "I'm thinking we need to make this trip an annual adventure."
    Oh, you MUST! There's something for everyone AND you get to hang out with your dearest friends. What's not to love?

    Wow, you certainly made the most of your weekend in your old stomping ground! Your photos are stunning and I really enjoyed  reading the stories behind your favourite haunts.

    Kids are so funny - my daughter loves being waited on (and being the centre of attention!) in restaurants. She talks about it for days afterwards. :D

    I haven't got anything planned for the weekend but then I hardly ever do. Have a good one! xoxo

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  7. I love the living roof at the CA Academy of Science! I think that was my favorite part of the whole museum.

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  8. looks like you guys had an awesome time. I have to check out CA academy next time. –  Blognic looks like fun! 

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  9. Wow! I bet going down memory lane was fun! Showing your family what you were up to when living in SF.

    I love the Sutro Baths. I would have loved that too. Such a shame they were never rebuild after the fire. I wonder why? Maybe they didn't have insurance? The hiking sounds great. I've never been hiking.

    Yes I saw the vintage trunks. Incredible!

    Kids and room service. Sam's comment was funny!

    I'm really happy you guys had such a great time. Now we've got camping and SF yearly trips. What about London?

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  10. they moved the de Young museum, right?  it used to be close to Ghiradelli, in golden gate park.  lovely place.  this weekend we have sports and family stuff.  i like this - "make it count."  let's do.  joy, n

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  11. Thank you, Nina. Hope you're having a great time with your parents. Some day soon I would really like to see the new 9/11 memorial. Hope you'll share your experience. You have a great weekend, too!

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  12. Ah, you've spent some time in San Francisco. I've had my share of (mountain biking) fails. Needing to get off the bike to push it up the mountain as other riders passed me by. Yup, that was me.

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  13. Thanks, Sam.
    Ha-ha-ha! So, true, Sam! I guess the novelty is that someone else is serving them.
    Happy weekend to you.

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  14. Yes, you were missed. I'll definitely catch you up. It was fun and the group is really fantastic (easy and laid back). 

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  15. Lauren, I think you need to put San Francisco on the family travel books. Callum would love it. (Hello, Alcatraz!)
    I'm thinking I need to counteract all this room service with volunteer service when the kids get old enough. They shouldn't think life is easy. [har-har!]
    Enjoy your solo weekend! (Smiling over here just thinking about it.)

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  16. Having now written all these posts, I'm realizing we DID do a lot. And, thank goodness for blogging because it forces me to document everything. Ah, kids...You gotta love how self-possessed and honest they are. Happy weekend, Chi!

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  17. Yes, yes! I took a picture of the living roof, but it didn't come out quite like I hoped. It's quite incredible, and the birds eye view is pretty nice from up there.

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  18. I think you would really enjoy it, Jennifer. Next trip, pencil it in. Then, time permitting, scoot across the way to the DeYoung Museum. 

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  19. Yes, de Young moved across the street from the Academy of Science. In my very first photo (top, left), see it there in the distance, the bronze building? We didn't want to push our luck with the kids, so we didn't get to visit. Next time.
    Happy weekend, Noreen! 

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  20. it looks like you and your family had a great time up in sf :) 

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  21. That giraffe is so cute! San Fran looks as picturesque and iconic as I've imagined in so far, and I think I need to ride a trolley like that and eat some Ghirardelli sundaes. Your kids must've had a blast! And I think my favorite part was seeing/hearing all about your favorite haunts from your time there and sharing them with your husband. That's pretty special. Welcome home again! :)

    Hope your weekend was great! I didn't do anything, haha. I need one of those every once in a while xoxo

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  22. If I ever get back to San Francisco, I'll take this list of hot spots with me! It sounds like you had a wonderful time; I'm always at a loss for where to go when I'm in the Bay Area (it's just so big!). I had to laugh about your kids being unimpressed by the trolley ride -- it's always so hard to tell what little ones are going to be into. My nephew thinks the train ride at Dole Plantation is the best thing ever, but he could care less about trolleys. It reminds me of when my parents took us to Disneyland, raving about It's a Small World. We got off of that ride and said, "Wait...that's the one you guys loved so much?" :)

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