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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

San Francisco Part 2

Ok, where did I leave off?  I think we were on our second day of San Fran and had just drove over the Golden Gate Bridge.  Once we got cleaned up Evan drove us to Salsalito which I think is one of the first towns (if not the first town) you come to over the bridge.  It was such a cute area and had lots of fun restaurants ans shops along the water.
Here we are posing with a statue of a seal (I think?) with San Francisco in the background.

After spending some time in Salsalito we headed a little further down the highway to Muir Woods.
A gorgeous redwood forest that's definitely worth visiting.  We could have spent all day exploring the trails but we didn't have time.

Evan & Ryan
We still got to experience a lot of the beauty though.  Joannie had to work during the day so she missed out on some of the fun.

Evan, Me & Ryan

I definitely want to go back and explore some more next time we visit.
We made it back into town in time to meet up with Joannie and have take in & relax.  It was a good evening.

On Monday Ryan & I decided to do the Alcatraz & Angel Island tour since Evan & Joannie had to work.  It was an awesome tour and I'm glad we signed up for it 4 or 5 days in advance because apparently it sells out very fast even during the week.
Ryan in front of one of the tiny cells.  He would have to duck to go in!

It was an audio tour so that made it a lot of fun.  Ryan really enjoys stuff like that or he would get bored easily.  Anything to entertain the hubs in a museum of sorts.  Ha!

Cells on top of cells.

Apparently this was the posh end of the jail because of the windows.

This is where they put the inmates that acted out in solitary confinement.  It was tiny and pitch black!

And this is what a typical cell would look like if an inmate lived in this one.  Apparently a lot of the guys got into knitting.  See the pink yarn and knitted blanket in the left bottom corner?  Too funny.

A lot of the island was dilapidated due to the sea salt and high winds.  They are starting to try and restore some of it because there was quit a bit of construction going on while we were there.  This was the old Warden house, what's left of it anyway.

The island had gorgeous views of the city.  Here you can see just how crazy hilly the city really is!

After spending half the day there we took another boat over to Angel Island, the biggest island in the bay.  The only people that live there are the workers that maintain the island.  I believe it's a national park as well.
A picture in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

We took a guided tram tour around the island.  I love doing stuff like that so we can learn the history and fun facts.

Ryan in front of his favorite flower.  I'm not sure what it is but we saw them everywhere.  They are gorgeous and Ryan kept saying he wanted to plant one in our yard.

It was hard to take pictures of the island because it was so big.  These were some old buildings from back when it used to be an army base.  Now you can come anytime you want to have a picnic or even get married there.

Another view of Alcatraz on our boat ride back to San Fran.

Later that day Evan & Joannie drove us around town again to see a few more sights.
I really wanted to see the Painted Ladies and here they are!  Super cute!

Can you tell it was kind of cool while we were there?  We are always in the same jackets in every picture.  Ha!
That night they took us to a great restaurant to check out the great views of San Francisco called Top of the Mark located in the InterContinental hotel.  I would recommend going here for a nice dinner and great views of the city.

On our last day in the city, the day we boarded our cruise, Ryan & I took one last walk through San Fran.
We stopped in Mel's Drive-in Diner that was super cute.  I would eat here again the food was so good!

mmmmm

Afterwards we hit the street of Lombardi to find the famous windiest road.  Evan had drove us down it a few days prior but we wanted to walk down it and get some pictures.
So steep!

Apparently, there are gorgeous hydrangeas that bloom and I can imagine how beautiful that would be.  It was a lot of work climbing back up that!

While climbing back up the road look what we spotted!

Our cruise ship we were going to be boarding in just a few short hours.

More to come!!

Sorry if this post was a little scatter brained.  That's just the state my mind is in currently.  We are in the process of trying to get our house listed and will be going on our house hunting trip this week.  I just want to fast forward through all of this and be settled again but at the same time I want to soak up KC and all our friends & family.  It's stretching us pretty thin but so totally worth it.


2 comments:

  1. I love the photos of you guys together - so glad that Ryan has long arms to do it!

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  2. You know, the seal sorta looked like poop at first glance. I need to get out more I guess! That looks like SO MUCH FUN! Glad you are back! I didn't think it was scattered at all!

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