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Farewell, Napa and SF

Finally, it’s here! The last post on our vacation to California back in August! If you missed any posts, here are parts one, two, three, four, five, and six. I could have sworn I just wrote four posts. Whoa. Six? Maybe next time I’ll take fewer pictures and take less time to write about our trip. Mm, probably not.

Thursday was the last day of our vacation. We had one final breakfast at Oxbow (shocker, I know) and let me tell you, I really miss those C Casa breakfast tacos. I know San Antonio has breakfast tacos at just about any restaurant, but these were so different from what we have here. Don’t worry, fellow San Antonians, I won’t be turning down any bacon and egg tacos anytime soon. Unless, of course, C Casa opens up a location here in town.

Now that's a breakfast taco

Now that’s a breakfast taco

Mom at breakfast

Mom at breakfast

Another of my "alright, Chip, put the camera down" faces

Another of my “alright, Chip, put the camera down” faces

My dad does breakfast right

My dad does breakfast right

After breakfast, we got the car loaded up and started the drive back to San Francisco. We made really good time before our flight back in the afternoon, so we were able to have one last meal at Tacolicious as well as do some sight seeing around Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf before heading to the airport.

Foggy view on the Golden Gate Bridge

Foggy view on the Golden Gate Bridge

With my mom at Ghirardelli Square

With my mom at Ghirardelli Square

My dad loves selfies

My dad loves selfies

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Exhibit B - taking a selfie with my mom

Exhibit B – taking a selfie with my mom

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Last year, we put our feet in the Atlantic Ocean. This year, it was the Pacific. And it was cold.

Last year, we put our feet in the Atlantic Ocean. This year, it was the Pacific. And it was cold.

Really cold

Really cold

Really, really cold

Really, really cold

Dad wasn't phased by the cold water

Dad wasn’t phased by the cold water

Neither were these (crazy) swimmers

Neither were these (crazy) swimmers

I am my father's daughter

I am my father’s daughter

Farewell, California

Farewell, California

In case you couldn’t tell from all of these pictures and somewhat lengthy posts, we had a really great time on this vacation. If you haven’t visited Northern California before, you should try to make it out there sometime! I promise  you won’t be disappointed.

San Francisco: Part Three

One of the best parts to our trip to San Francisco was the beautiful weather. While the mornings and evenings were pretty chilly, the days were clear and sunny. With this great weather, we had been really excited for our Saturday in the city and spending the morning walking Fisherman’s Wharf and experiencing the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building.

We took the bus once more to get to Fisherman’s Wharf early on Saturday and couldn’t believe the size of the farmers market there. There were different stores and small stands inside the Ferry Building with the rest of the local stands outside and behind the building.

Empanadas in the Ferry Building

Empanadas in the Ferry Building

Breakfast

Breakfast

The Ferry Building

The Ferry Building

Part of the city skyline

Part of the city skyline

Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers

Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market

Checking out a meat stand at the farmer's market...

Checking out a meat stand at the farmer’s market…

... where we got some deep fried mac n cheese

… where we got some deep fried mac n cheese

Maybe not the best decision at 10am, but it was delicious

Maybe not the best decision at 10am, but it was delicious

Cellist playing at the farmer's market

Cellist playing at the farmer’s market

Lovely candles at the Ferry Building

Lovely candles at the Ferry Building

Inside the Ferry Building

Inside the Ferry Building

We had originally planned on going to Alcatraz on Saturday after the farmer’s market. Unfortunately, we had to cancel this part of our trip… with the government shutdown, all national parks were closed which included Alcatraz. Sad day. We got some great views of it from the city but would have loved to walk around the island and see the old facility. Guess that means we’ll have to go back to San Francisco another time, right?

Two thumbs down

Two thumbs down

About as close as we got to seeing Alcatraz

About as close as we got to seeing Alcatraz

Enjoying the beautiful day

Enjoying the beautiful day

Since missing out on Alcatraz meant we had a few hours cleared from our Saturday, we decided to check out the Exploratorium. This was one of the parts of the trip that Chip had been most excited about after reading some information online. We had already had a preview of the building Thursday night when we spent some time in the gift shop. Not going to lie, the actual Exploratorium was almost overwhelming. It’s a really cool museum with hands-on exhibits and all are very kid friendly. It was so fun to just watch the kids running around everywhere and trying out the different stations while trying to squeeze ourselves in for a turn at the different exhibits. Confession: Chip and I weren’t smart enough for some of the electricity exercises. Too much science for us!

Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Exploratorium

There was one mirror exhibit that showed the reflection upside down, which was a popular station. We tried to get a picture of this, but here’s another place where I just wasn’t quite smart enough. I feel like no matter how I angled our camera, all I could catch was the ceiling. #fifthgradesciencefail

Trying to get our picture

Trying to get our picture

Pretty sure Chip was asking me why I was having such a hard time taking this picture

Pretty sure Chip was asking me why I was having such a hard time taking this picture

After spending a couple of hours at the Exploratorium, we kept walking along until we got to Pier 39. When we had walked along Fisherman’s Wharf on Thursday night, we really hadn’t been able to see much here (although we did hear sea lions off in the distance…), so we were excited to check it out when all of the shops were open. There was so much more activity than we were expecting and we had a lot of fun just walking around this area and checking everything out (including a few minutes of a magic show outside a few restaurants). It may sound weird, but our favorite highlight of Pier 39 were the sea lions… they were just so funny to watch!

Pier 39

Pier 39

View of Alcatraz from Pier 39

View of Alcatraz from Pier 39

Until next time, Alcatraz

Until next time, Alcatraz

Pier 39

Pier 39

So very thankful for this guy

So very thankful for this guy

Sea lions at Pier 39

Sea lions at Pier 39

So many sea lions

So many sea lions

Pier 39 with the sea lions

Pier 39 with the sea lions

This one was our favorite

This one was our favorite

For dinner, we had reservations at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana. There’s no way we would have gotten in without reservations, it was so crowded when we first got there around 6:00 that evening. I was really excited about this meal and had a pisco sour while Chip enjoyed some wine. We split a plate of cebiche for our appetizer and then had a great meal to end our Saturday.

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

One of the best pisco sours I've had since studying abroad in Chile

One of the best pisco sours I’ve had since studying abroad in Chile

I knew it was going to be good when I saw the Peruvian word for corn (choclo) in the menu

I knew it was going to be good when I saw the Peruvian word for corn (choclo) in the menu

San Francisco: Part Two

Thursday was our first full day in San Francisco. We had planned on having Thursday be our big exploring/walking day and wanted to check out the Financial District, Chinatown, the cable car museum, Russian Hill, and Nob Hill. Probably a little too ambitious in hindsight… this is usually my problem with a lot of things I plan.

We got Thursday started with breakfast at Mama’s after some reviews on Trip Advisor (of course) and some recommendations from our friends Jeff and Megan who went to San Francisco about a year ago. Mama’s was only about a mile and a half away from our hotel, so we thought it would be a lot of fun to walk to breakfast and enjoy the crisp weather, which was such a nice break from the Texas heat. We were so wrong about this being a relaxing walk. Like really really really wrong. It was just about a straight hike to breakfast thanks to those famous San Francisco hills; I’m pretty sure my Google maps app took us on the route that would work our glutes the most. After walking up a bunch of streets and climbing flights of stairs through a park, we eventually got to Mama’s to find a nice long line waiting outside.

Our view of the city while making our way to breakfast

Our view of the city while making our way to breakfast

Line for breakfast

Line for breakfast

Mama's

Mama’s

Put my new duck boots to good use

Put my new duck boots to good use

The view from Mama's

The view from Mama’s

The street to Mama's

The street to Mama’s

Lots of rave reviews

Lots of rave reviews

Waiting outside for breakfast

Waiting outside for breakfast

Thankfully we only had to wait about 25 minutes or so before we finally got in to order some food. In the meantime, we had shed our sweater layers and eventually cooled back down following our morning cardio hike. Once we got inside the restaurant, I ordered the Dungeness Crab Benedict and Chip got a scrambled egg plate. And since this was vacation, we ordered some French Toast to split, too. The food was good, especially that French Toast which turned out to be our favorite part. I liked my Crab Benedict plate, but to be totally honest, I preferred the one I had in Maine at our awesome bed and breakfast.

Just call us the plaid family

Just call us the plaid family

After breakfast, we walked over to Chinatown to take in the sights and sounds. It was pretty crazy and there were lots of tourists around!

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

We then walked to the cable car museum, which was a lot smaller than I had expected, but it was still pretty cool to see the giant cable pulleys that actually operate the cars. Unfortunately, I was starting to feel pretty crummy at this point in the day; I think we had just done too much that morning while I was still getting over that pesky cold, so we went through the museum pretty quickly before leaving to catch a cable car. I had read that the Powell-Hyde cable car had the best views, so we waited around a few blocks away from the museum until that car came by. We paid our $12 and hopped on! The conductor on the cable car saw us with our camera and gave us a great spot on the edge of the car so we could lean out and see the views of the streets as we drove by and even helped point out Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

The cable car pulleys at the museum

The cable car pulleys at the museum

View from the beginning of the ride

View from the beginning of the ride

View from the cable car

View from the cable car

Driving past Lombard Street

Driving past Lombard Street

If you look closely, you can see Alcatraz in the background

If you look closely, you can see Alcatraz in the background

The cable car took us to Fisherman’s Wharf so we spent some time walking around until I had to call it quits for the afternoon. I was pretty frustrated that I wasn’t feeling well and that we had to put a pause on our sightseeing, but I felt drained and clammy and knew some rest was needed. We took a quick cab ride to the hotel where I quickly passed out for three hours. If you know me well, you know I don’t really take naps very often at all and anything over 45 minutes is super long for me. So a three hour deep-sleep nap is pretty crazy. But I thankfully felt so much better when I woke up later in the afternoon!

We took a bus to North Beach where we would be having dinner at Cotogna. Since we didn’t get lunch earlier in the day because of my epic snoozefest, we were hungry and actually showed up at Cotogna a little before our 5:00 reservations and got started on a great dinner there. Cotogna was one of my favorite restaurants during our trip; I loved their take on rustic Italian food and also appreciated their very friendly staff who answered all of our questions about the menu written predominantly in Italian. Also, as a bit of a nerd, I liked how they encouraged people to Instagram pictures of their food with a certain hashtag. Way to know your audience, Cotogna.

Chip and I had a fancy ravioli appetizer and then split a delicious buffalo mozzerella margherita pizza. We finished dinner with a great gelato and then walked back over to Fisherman’s Wharf to explore a bit. We stopped by the Exploratorium gift shop and eventually walked down to Ghiradelli Square where we had some yummy after dinner drinks before calling it a day.

Cotogna

Cotogna

Can't have a great Italian dinner without some wine

Can’t have a great Italian dinner without some wine

Dinner time

Dinner time

We love pizza

We love pizza

Celebrating our two (and a half) year anniversary

Celebrating our two (and a half) year anniversary

Our view from Fisherman's Wharf

Our view from Fisherman’s Wharf

A cool mirror at the Exploratorium

A cool mirror at the Exploratorium

Exploratorium gift shop

Exploratorium gift shop

Having a childhood flashback to time spent at the Gem and Mineral Show

Having a childhood flashback to time spent at the Gem and Mineral Show

Chip really enjoyed the gift shop

Chip really enjoyed the gift shop

Ghiradelli Square

Ghiradelli Square

Chocolate cocktail and mojito to end the day

Chocolate cocktail and mojito to end the day

Stay tuned for our Friday spent in the wine country!