16 February 2014

San Francisco

Photo Credit: Katherine Silus Photography
Alta Plaza Park, Lower Pac Heights
We just returned from our first family trip to San Francisco.  It was just the getaway we all needed and left us excited for our next visit.  We stayed with my sister and brother-in-law in Lower Pac Heights - a great location for first time visitors.  

While the weather was the wettest it had been in years, we packed our raincoats, donned new rain boots (thank you, Katie!) and headed out to see the sights.  A little rain and wind wasn't going to stop our fun.  
New rain boots working their magic at Crissy Field
Crissy Field family photo
Our first stop was Crissy Field for a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge and for Kiki's first view of the water.  As the rain and wind picked up we decided the Bay Model Visitors Center in Sausalito was the perfect destination.  Lunch at Le Garage Bistro by a large window looking onto the bay filled our bellies.  Saturday evening we hired a babysitter and hit the town, just adults.  We sipped cocktail in a dark Pacific Heights neighborhood bar next to a roaring fireplace.  We hopped in the strangest (remember the music??) Uber car and ate a prix fixe menu at Greens Restaurant in the Marina, a wonderful vegetarian only restaurant.  

Lunch at Le Garage.

We saw more of the city on Sunday, eating lunch in the Haight at a spot recommended by a local.  Katie and I treated ourselves to pedicures at Milk+ while the boys lounged at home.  We ate take-out sushi from Tataki for dinner as we watched the winter Olympics with the Tiny Pet.  

The tiniest creatures

Katie and Ben's cottage
Katie and Ben had to return to work on Monday, so Dan, Kiki and I headed out to see the city on our own.  It was a lovely day for walking and exploring.  After a good morning nap, we rode the "1" bus to the Ferry Building and began our day.  From the Ferry Building, we walked to touristy Fisherman's Wharf and ate greasy fish sandwiches for lunch.  When we go back, I'll remember to eat at the Ferry Building...  On our way back to Lower Pac Heights, we found a route that used a Street Car.  It was a first for all three of us and was such a fun experience.  We sat in the front and enjoyed the views as our legs dangled off the side of the car.  
Riding the "1"

The Ferry Building Terminal

Inside the Ferry Building

Loving the city action, especially the Street Cars

Our babysitter agreed to come back on Monday night and watch Kiki sleep (she is the easiest baby) while we met up with dear friends in the Mission.  We had beers at a great bar called the Monk's Kettle and dinner at Laconda.  Besides Dan being served a whole fish (eyeball and all) and a crabby waitress, the company couldn't have been finer.  
Tiny Honey asleep in the Pac n Play

Our last full day came too quickly and we decided to make the most out of it by heading out of the city (just a ways).  Dan drove us to Muir Woods National Monument, a mere 30 minutes away.  There we discovered massive Redwoods, lush green ferns and a rushing river, thanks to the rain.  I would highly recommend a visit to this Monument.  

Muir Woods National Monument
A trip to visit Katie wouldn't be complete without a Kiki photo shoot!  We squeezed in a 20 minute session just down the street from Katie and Ben's apartment at Alta Vista Park.  Such wonderful photos were captured!
Photo Credit: Katherine Silus Photography

I am already planning our next trip to San Francisco.  On my list includes an Alcatraz night tour, eating ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli Square, SHOPPING, walking new neighborhoods and a road trip to Half Moon Bay, just to name a few.  

Thanks, Katie and Ben and Olive, for being gracious hosts!  


1 comment:

Benjamin Brinkman said...

So much fun having you guys in SF! Can't wait for your return trip :)