"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

September 10, 2008

Our Day in San Fran

San Francisco was so much fun!We didn't have time to do everything on our list, but it was a great day none the less!

Our first mission was to drive across the Golden Gate!
We were blessed with a gloriously clear day! And the view was amazing.
Here are the cousins at the bridge:
The kids and I studied the bridge and learned the color is called International Orange. While we were walking on it, we saw a paint bucket and found out that it's Sherwin Williams paint! -Painter's families find weird things like that interesting! : )
-And the fact that it takes four years to paint it and then the process starts all over again!

We didn't end up walking the whole length of it. It is 1.7 miles -REALLY, unlike that 1.7 mile hike in Tahoe! LOL! We cut it short because we had so much to do. ~It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be for someone who is afraid of heights.

By the time we left the bridge, we knew it was time to feed our gang and so we went in search of Golden Gate Park to have our picnic. Golden Gate Park is HUGE. We found out later that where we had lunch was barely even inside the park!

The GPS was a big help in finding Lombard Street! ~"The Crookedest Street in the World." And for the thousandth time that trip, I was glad it wasn't ME who was driving! I sure wouldn't want to live on that street, but people do and it was fun to drive down it. Now, the hill you had to drive up to get there was something else. Wow! STEEP! Not something I'd want to do with a stick shift. AHH!

The rest of our adventures were on foot. We walked around Fisherman's Wharf and at the Pier we took a one hour Bay Cruise. This was something we read about and ordered online and it turned out to be SO worth the money!!! We all positioned ourselves in the bow for the best view and the kids had THE BEST time. Especially when we were all sprayed with water. They had so much fun, that I'm not sure they even listened to the tour guide on their headsets but we grown ups did.
Here's my hubby and our friend Carlos:
It was great fun to ride UNDER the Golden Gate.

Then we went around Alcatraz which I thought looked kind of eerie.

After the boat ride it was time for chocolate and we walked to Ghirardelli's.

My hubby wanted a picture of his chocolate loving girls here. : )
Carlos, treated us all to dinner at In-and-Out Burgers ~which is the place to eat if you are visiting CA.

~But only if there aren't any run-down looking taco shops around because THOSE sell the best Mexican food on the planet. : )
Anyway, the burgers were great. They had some kind of secret menu code ; )
and if you knew it you could order some special things done to your burger and fries that weren't on the menu! Our nephews were in the know and so all our kids asked for the "Animal Style." That meant that the fries had melted cheese and grilled onions on them. Yum.

Then it was time to walk back to the parking garage, say our "good-byes" and head off to the airport for the long flight home in the middle of the night.
It wasn't THAT bad. But we were really tired when we got home! Our kiddos slept for about 17 hours! LOL ~it was really quiet around our house while I was unpacking. : )


Jamie said...

Sounds like so much fun!! Ya gotta love those quiet moments!! They are priceless! They are few and far between around here!!

Yvonne said...

Oh fun, fun, fun! Ah you've made me homesick! I'm from San Rafael...and what I miss the most is the weather. I love that you sometimes need long sleeves in the summer!

Susan said...

In-n-out. The best. I grew up in California and when one came to our town I thought I was in Heaven. I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I do.

San Fransico is a wonderful place to visit. It sounds like you guys had a great time. How was the Chocolate?

Thanks foe stopping by no baby yet one day overdue and counting, so hopefully pretty soon.

Toni said...

Yay!!! Another person who discovered that San Francisco is an EXCELLENT city to pack a TON of sightseeing in in a relatively short time. You all did GREAT. And I'm envious because we've never cruised under the bridge. Sooo cool!

Glad you booked that in advance, as those cruises, tours to Alcatraz, etc., often sell out in advance.

Toni said...

Btw, so neat to see the shot of the cousins at the observation point by the bridge. Our family posed in that very same spot almost exactly a year ago (early October). The Becky-Toni paths have now officially crossed.