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Sunny San Fran

At the end of March, Luke had a conference for work in San Francisco, CA, and I was blessed to be able to tag along with him. We left the kiddos with Luke’s parents in the Chicago area, and hopped a plane out of O’Hare.

When we left Chicago, I believe it was in the 30’s. When we reached California, this is what greeted us…

The weather was beautiful! It was in the 70’s and even 80’s while we were there, with not a drop of rain. PERFECT!

We then went and checked into our hotel, which was also wonderful!

Not only was it a very nice/modern hotel, but it was very centrally located. Just down the street from the conference, and pretty much smack dab in the middle of the shopping district.

One of my favorite parts of the hotel was the water they offered in the lobby. I apparently didn’t take a picture of it, but they had three glass water containers – one was just plain ol’ ice water, and the other two were flavored with slices of fresh fruit. My absolute favorite was the strawberry water. I think I drank it every time I entered the lobby. Yum. And so refreshing after walking in the warm city.

So, the first day, we got adventurous and walked all the way from our hotel on Market St. (for those of you familiar with SF) to Fisherman’s Wharf.

We went through Chinatown…

And through a whooooole lot more of the city (or at least it felt that way).

Aren’t these trees cool? Anyone know what kind of tree they are? I think they look like they could be in a fairy tale.

We also passed by the famous Lombard Street, a.k.a. the crookedest street in the world. We didn’t actually go down it until our last night in the city (and HOLY MOLY was it steep!), but it was pretty cool even to look at. (Sorry it’s hard to see in the picture. It’s the green squiggly part at the top of the street.)

Annnnd we eventually made it to the wharf, which, not surprisingly, smelled fishy. The wharf is definitely a touristy place to be, so there was quite a lot to entertain us.

There was some brown water…

And there were street performers…

And there was Alcatraz (the island behind us)…

And Pier 39 (the backside of it shown here)…

And sea lions!…

Fisherman’s Wharf was pretty cool. And we were going to catch the bus back to the hotel, which would cost a mere $2 per person…But you had to have correct change (cash), which we did not. So, we started walking back toward the hotel, thinking we’d catch a cab. And we never did.

And when someone tells you to take walking shoes to San Francisco, don’t think, “Pshaw! I can wear my boots! I wear boots everywhere!” because, trust me, your feet will NOT thank you. Mine didn’t.

Besides walking, which we did a LOT of, we also did a lot of eating out that week.

First at The Urban Tavern, which had a great atmosphere and kind of *meh* food, if you know what I mean. (Or maybe we just weren’t that hungry since it was probably 7:30pm when we got our food, and that’s 10:30pm at home, which is an odd time to eat dinner!)

Then we had breakfast at Mel’s Drive-In. Mmm, fresh-squeezed OJ…

Sack lunch (from the conference) at beautiful Union Square…

Dinner at the Cheesecake Factory…

Breakfast at Little Joe’s…By the way, we met Little Joe, who we discovered was from a town near Milan, and we got to say “ciao” to him as we left. That was fun.

Oh, and we also had a breakfast that pretty much clogged all our arteries but was SO fatteningly delicious!

And dinner at Cioppino’s, who had the MOST amazing bruschetta ever.

While Luke was in his conference, I was able to spend some time working on the curriculum for Base Camp 2011. It was SO relaxing to sit in silence in the hotel room, or at the coffee shop with Chris Rice’s The Living Room Sessions playing on the iPod. I was able to get quite a bit done, although not three days’ worth of curriculum like I’d hoped. Bummer. I guess someone will have to send me back to SF to finish up. 🙂

OH OH OH, I almost forgot to mention a highlight of our trip! We were able to connect with our dear friend Murphy! Although her trip up from Mount Vernon, CA was a little delayed due to some iPhone difficulties, we were still able to spend a couple hours catching up on our last night in town. You gotta love friendships that don’t stale with time! Love ya, Murph!

And just for the record, if anyone wonders, I would love to visit San Francisco again…As long as I can remember to bring walking shoes.

8 Comments

  1. I love Murphy! I love pictures! I love shoes that you don’t want to wear when walking a GREAT deal (remember our GA trip?)! I love grandchildren! I even love it when grandchildren act BETTER than they do at home (no problems with Jaden eating markers, of course, we hid them)! I love brilliant grandchildren that can take care of their own diabetes! I love blog updates (in case you didn’t know that). Love all the Rumleys!

  2. I should not have read this post while I was hungry.

  3. A. Love the short hair, Lacey!
    B. So glad you guys could do this, so fun and relaxing and great for the marriage!!!
    C. What a fun way to celebrate being DEBT free!!! 🙂

  4. Hey, world travelers, what’s the next location on your agenda????

    Love you! Thanks for the pretty pictures. 🙂 I want to visit SF someday!

  5. We s-l-o-w people just noticed that the link “parents” connects to both our blogs. You two are pretty smart, must get it from us!

  6. Wow, Lacey! Looks like fun! Wade and I only spent one night in sf…wish we had had more time to do fun stuff like that! 🙂 Would love to get together with you guys…someday!

  7. Looks marvelous! (as do you – I just love your current hair style) 🙂 I really enjoyed the pics. So glad you guys had a good time!!

  8. What a fun trip! I am so glad you guys have been able to go to such neat places recently. What neat experiences!

    In my opinion, the sea lions are vying with the strawberry water for being the coolest part of the trip. That’s stuff you don’t see in the Midwest! How cool.

    And I love your sassy jacket and purse/clutch. Get it, girl!

    😉

    love,
    Betsey

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