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!