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.
And through a whooooole lot more of the city (or at least it felt that way).
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.
And there was Alcatraz (the island behind us)…
And Pier 39 (the backside of it shown here)…
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.
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…
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.
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.