We woke up to sunshine. As we left the KOA (3 miles into the valley) we passed many vineyards. I had to admit it was gorgeous even though I was complaining about the cost. OUCH!
Our main goal for the day was to head to Santa Cruz. Well, we didn’t quite make it there…
We were distracted by this pretty bridge…
SQUEE! The kids were bouncing off the seats. “We’re on the Golden Gate Bridge Mom!” We kept trying to tell them it was just a bridge…but would they listen? OK, I have to admit that I was excited.
After we crossed the bridge we discussed just what to do. Gabby REALLY wanted to go into San Francisco and there was NO WAY we could go with the beast behind us. So, we had to find somewhere to go. As we were driving down 280, we saw CAMPERS sign. We decided to follow it. We ended up at the San Francisco RV Resort.
It looked FULL from the outside but they had a couple of pull-thru sites left. YES! So we were able to find a place to park the trailer and leave the puppy. It’s by the ocean and has some amazing views. There is a heated outdoor pool (84 degrees) which my kids spent a few hours in while I managed to clean the trailer and crop pictures. It is expensive compared to other places, but this IS San Francisco we are talking about. And really, can you beat this view:
Instead of driving the truck downtown, we decided to take the BART train. The kids thought this was a real fun adventure. We were all amazed at how fast the trains go in comparison to the Max in Portland. One thing that I would recommend to BART – You need signs to show the ignorant tourists where to go. We spent half our time trying to figure out how to buy tickets, how to find the correct train (there are 4 lines and we couldn’t figure out how to tell which was which).
Going through the gates to ride the trains. A different experience than Portland where we just get on the train from the platforms, no gates.
The Boy looking out the window of the train.
We exited the BART at the Powell Street Station. As we went up the escalator, we were greeted by this building and then BOOM – CHAOS! There was PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. I thought Portland was crazy. We live in a hick town compared to San Francisco. We quickly had to run into a store to give me time to gather myself and avoid an anxiety attack!
What I have wanted to do since I was a little girl was ride the trolley cars. BUT, not if I have to stand in a line with people for an hour. I just couldn’t do it. The joy of getting to do something I wanted was not worth the risk of my anxiety getting out of control. So, I did get to see them and take a picture. I’m happy with that. We decided instead of riding the trolley we would just follow it by foot. OK…um, that’s a pretty big walk, it doesn’t look so big on a map.
Along the way we passed Sir Francis Drake Hotel. I thought this guy was pretty cool!
Paper Lanterns in China Town. I LOVED them! I want them for our school loft.
The coolest thing about San Francisco is the variety in architecture. I love how the old and modern mix. Of course, what’s a city without a construction site?
Halfway we stopped for a water break. We didn’t think that anyone would be coming home soon. Of course within 2 minutes someone did come home. It was a nice elderly Asian gentleman and his wife. We couldn’t communicate with a language barrier, but the smiles shared said enough. It made me smile to remember “We all Bleed Red”.
Bella loves her daddy! I had to snap this picture, it was too sweet of a moment to miss.
I wish I knew more about this church. It was really pretty but we were so exhausted at this point we didn’t want any side trips.
We just discussed why it’s called California Republic yesterday and we drew the California flag. So Bella was pretty excited to see the actual thing and wanted me to take a picture.
We go to San Francisco, land of the amazing food, and we eat lunch at In-N-Out Burger. THAT would be my family. I can’t complain too much, it was tasty and cheap for fast food!
The wharf! I was using my larger lens so I couldn’t get as good of a shot. I love the crab!
Jeremiah O’Brien – a large ship…it looked cool so we snapped a photo.
Nothing like a shot of the Pier. This is what I think of when I think of a pier…not the amusement park atmosphere we saw today.
She was in a good mood today: loving, photogenic, talkative and happy.
Making the trek to the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero Bart Station. Bella was such a trooper, she had to find a restroom and we couldn’t find one!
While waiting for daddy, the kids stopped to take this picture play on a playground. Gabby wanted a pyramid photo shoot. I just wanted a cute picture of my kids. The Boy was grumbling because he didn’t want Bella to climb on top of him. Never a dull moment in our family I tell you!
Ok, this could give Jackson Tower a run for my most favorite building. I love clock towers and this one was pretty spectacular.
The Federal Reserve Bank…OH I won’t go there. I asked hubby if this was the same bank responsible for turning our lives upside down. Yup. Like I said, I won’t go there. But I snapped a picture anyway.
My kids may not have done a math worksheet today, but they did learn several things: how to react to the numerous panhandlers on the street, how to respond to the handicapped elderly lady on the train (DON’T STARE, DON’T TALK ABOUT HER, YES, You can pray for her), how to figure out train fare when there is no instructions available and the customer service representative is about as helpful as a brick wall, and how to read a map in a city that is bigger than anything they have seen or experienced. We talked about cultures, architecture, history and even the financial markets. It was a fun day. All three kids have decided that they have had enough of San Francisco and big cities (YA!). You don’t get more socialization than that!
Mom and Dad decided that what we enjoy seeing the most is what God created: the mountains, the trees, the oceans and people we love…kids agreed, so they want to go to Disneyland. I think we need to define the term “God” to them. LOL. So yea, See you in Disneyland…