Our Trip to San Francisco


Just a street corner in San Francisco.

Just a street corner in San Francisco.

Sorry for the long delay between posts. It’s been a rather adventurous few weeks what with: bumming rides from friends while our car was in the shop; getting our car back from the shop; renting a car for a trip to San Francisco (two days driving, two days there, two days driving back); going to Oklahoma City for a wedding; and all the other things that typically take hunks of time out of the day.

So now that I’m back, what do I have to tell you…well, the trip to San Francisco was both awesome and crazy. On the way there we almost hit a coyote in New Mexico, practically froze in Flagstaff, Arizona (we camped in a tent for the night and the temperature got to below 39 degrees, go figure), and got our fruit confiscated shortly after entering California.

Apparently if the fruit is from East of the Continental Divide or out of the country and is not sliced up, they take it. This was rather frustrating since we had packed apples, grapes, watermelon, plums, and peaches along with Cheerios, peanut butter crackers, and bread so we could spend less money on the trip and avoid fast food. On the bright side, I got to keep my watermelon (it was sliced up), and we had eaten most of the fruit by that point. The guy was really nice about it, explaining to us why and telling us where we could go to buy more fruit, but I couldn’t help but being frustrated anyway.

Later that evening we arrived in Fremont where we would be spending the next three nights with our friends Dana and Kerry. They cooked a yummy dinner of grilled salmon, grilled corn on the cob, heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, and wine with blackberries, strawberries, and kiwi covered in whipped cream and a few trefoils girl scout cookies for dessert. We stayed up chatting since they would be leaving the next day and not be back until after we had left for home.

The next two days were a whirlwind of attempting to drive and park in San Francisco (we had visited the year before without a car and had rode the trolleys or buses, or walked). We went to City Lights (several times), Vesuvio (the bar next door to City Lights), the bistro at the Cliff House, Muir Woods, some Italian food place whose name I can’t remember, Boudin Bakery, Cowgirl Creamery in the Ferry Building, and a produce stand on our way to Muir Woods.

The bistro was amazing – their menu listed that the eggs were cage free, they served popovers before the meal, and all breakfasts had two automatic sides – fruit and roasted potatoes. I got ham and scrambled eggs while hubby got Eggs San Francisco. I ate very little the rest of the day since the meal was so filling.

My brunch at the Cliff House bistro.

My brunch at the Cliff House bistro.

The Eggs San Francisco Andrew ordered.

The Eggs San Francisco Andrew ordered.

I also loved the produce stand. We bought an apple, two peaches, bing cherries, strawberries, and vanilla fig newtons, and it all tasted and looked so good. Most of the time the strawberries I purchase are already verging onto maroon and bruised, but these were strawberries as they should be.

The produce stand we stopped at on our way to Muir Woods.

The produce stand we stopped at on our way to Muir Woods.

What we bought at the produce stand minus the apple, a peach, and the fig newtons.

What we bought at the produce stand minus the apple, a peach, and the fig newtons.

I should probably mention that Friday was spent eating at the Cliff House and the Italian place and visiting Vesuvio whereas Saturday was the produce stand, hiking through Muir Woods and seeing the Coastal Redwoods, walking to the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf, and dining on the fresh produce, Benedictine cheese, and sourdough bread. Both days we visited City Lights because as our friends and family know, we are both serious bookworms. Besides, it’s hard not to love an independent bookstore located in San Francisco (for me anyway).

Before we left for home we stopped at the Trader Joe’s in Fremont for more produce. We camped in Flagstaff again (this time sleeping in the car), went to the Grand Canyon for a few hours, and made it home around midnight the second night.

I’ve attached a few more pictures of Muir Woods and the Grand Canyon because we really wanted to spend a few days at each but only had a few hours to spare. These pictures are a great example of why.

Coastal Redwoods in Muir Woods.

Coastal Redwoods in Muir Woods.

Looking out over the Grand Canyon.

Looking out over the Grand Canyon.

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