San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Napa

That’s right. Three places in one day! #vacationoverachievers

Sunday was our last day in San Francisco. We had read about MyMy Coffee Shop online and were excited to go there for breakfast. We got to MyMy around 9:00 and there was already a long line of people waiting outside, which we all know means that the food has got to be good. Why else would people wait outside in the chilly San Francisco weather for over 30 minutes? We were seated (outside) within 30-45 minutes and soon ordered food. And by food, I mean a breakfast feast including zucchini pancakes, Tex-Mex and Frisco scrambles, lemon crab shrimp cake, and a Florentine version of eggs Benedict.

Sperry, feel free to sponsor our next family vacation. We're ready.

Sperry, feel free to sponsor our next family vacation. We’re ready.

After breakfast, we drove to the neighborhood right next to the Cable Car Museum. We gave each other about an hour to explore the neighborhood before meeting back at our car for our next stop. Chip and I went to the museum with my parents (which was like a toy store for my dad) while Alex and Teresa walked to Chinatown and Grace Cathedral before also checking out the Cable Car Museum. We had originally planned on then riding a cable car to lunch in North Beach but we were still full from breakfast and couldn’t handle another meal just yet. Since we had already ridden a cable car to the farmers market on Saturday, we decided to move on with our day and do a few more touristy sight-seeing before leaving the city.

Cable Car Museum

Cable Car Museum

Dad figuring out the cable car brakes

Dad figuring out the cable car brakes

Neighborhood outside of the Cable Car Museum

Neighborhood outside of the Cable Car Museum

First up was driving down Lombard Street. It was a quick drive from the Cable Car Museum, but getting to actually drive down the street took some work since certain streets around it were closed off. After a few extra left turns, we finally took the steep drive down Lombard, complete with my dad waving his hand outside the window to get in any other tourists’ pictures (including one of mine!). After Lombard Street, we drove to see The Painted Ladies. Chip and I didn’t get to see these homes last time, so I was pretty excited that we were able to visit this neighborhood this time around. Chip was a little less than impressed by the homes and couldn’t even remember that these homes were the backdrop for the opening credits in Full House. How rude. Thankfully, he was impressed by the views the park had to offer.

View from the top of Lombard Street

View from the top of Lombard Street

Look, mom, no hands!

Look, mom, no hands!

The Painted Ladies (one was getting a little work done)

The Painted Ladies (one was getting a little work done)

Chip pretending to be amazed by the Painted Ladies

Chip pretending to be amazed by the Painted Ladies

All of us!

All of us!

City view

City view

Once we left the park, we set out to leave San Francisco and head to the Muir Woods. When my mom and I had started planning this trip back in the early spring, we thought it would be a lot of fun to drive up to the National Redwood Forest… until we looked at a map and saw it was five and a half hours away from San Francisco and we were aiming to be in Napa later Sunday evening for the rest of our vacation. Maybe another time, Redwoods. After reading one of my travel books, we decided to go to Muir Woods instead, which also has redwoods and walking trails, and is just a little over an hour away from Napa.

We hit some traffic on our way out of San Francisco to get on the Golden Gate Bridge, but we eventually made our way out to a lookout point and got some pictures with the iconic bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

City view

City view

Last time my parents were in San Francisco was 30 years ago. Can you say Miami Vice?

Last time my parents were in San Francisco was 30 years ago. Can you say Miami Vice?

Mom is missing the hairspray she wore in the 80s, but I'd say they've aged like a fine wine.

Mom is missing the hairspray she wore in the 80s, but I’d say they’ve aged like a fine wine.

The Lopez Family

The Lopez Family

It was just a little windy...

It was just a little windy…

We decided to stop for lunch before going to the Muir Woods so we wouldn’t be starving by the time we got to Napa, so after some quick map app searching, we stopped for lunch in Sausalito and then drove up to Muir Woods.

Muir Woods was a really unique experience. While there were a lot of people and tour groups there, it felt quiet and serene. We were all so blown away by how majestic the redwoods are and how they were so much taller than we could have anticipated. We walked around the trails for about an hour, but you could easily spend at least half a day there. Sorry for the crazy amount of pictures, but Muir Woods was beautiful. And if anyone has photography tips (I struggle with pictures in the shade/different lighting), please send them my way!

Chip humored me for a jumping picture...

Chip humored me for a jumping picture…

Trying to be tall like a tree

Trying to be tall like a tree

With the Muir Woods behind us, we kept driving north into Napa. My mom and I had found another rental home for us and this was one was perfect. It was just a few blocks away from Oxbow Public Market and in a quiet neighborhood. We quickly unload the car and then went to dinner at Zuzu. Out of all of the restaurants on this street, Zuzu was the only one with a wait, so we knew the food was going to be good. We all split a bunch of different tapas as well as some paella before calling it a night. More to come on our time in Napa!

6 thoughts on “San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Napa

  1. rmpomeroy

    I love that you added that picture of your parents in the same spot at the Golden Gate bridge 30 years ago! Very cool!

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