Our family choose San Francisco as our vacation location. We flew there in the middle of the night so we could just crash at our hotel when we arrived. Thrust me when I say,
Mom this family needs their sleep.
We took a crazy, white knuckled taxi ride from the airport to our hotel, only to find out the hotel we made our reservation at did not have a room for us. The hotel people put us in another taxi to go to another hotel where we learned they did not have a room available for us either. So the second hotel put us in our third taxi ride of the night, back to the original hotel where I think staff probably kicked out an employee from his room, then hauled in a sleeper sofa to fit all of us. Three o’clock in the morning. Needless to say, we had free breakfast, free parking, and a discounted hotel rate during our stay. (We did have a normal room the next day and through the rest of our vacation.)
We did all the touristy things. Lombard Street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Chocolate store, a 3 hour city tour bus ride, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Muir Woods. Lots of walking. Did you know that San Francisco has many, many really steep streets? It’s true. ;) And sometimes you have to walk UP the hilly streets to get where you want to go. By the end of day one, I had one kid pulling and the other kid pushing their old Mom up the hills. Meanwhile, with legs throbbing, heart pounding and lungs trying to get in air, I have my thumb (the only thing not hurting!) out trying to catch a cab.
We had a unique experience in Sausalito. Sausalito is a lovely town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, with cute shops and restaurants. Walking down the side-walk, we see a sleeping child being carried in the arms of his dad coming our way. My first thought was “Ahhh, poor little thing, he’s pooped out.” Well, this poor little thing was being carried by John Travolta. And beside John Travolta was his wife Kelly Preston. Shocking, I tell you! These people are actually real! They were just walking around, like normal people. Who knew?
Unfortunately, I lost my camera somewhere in San Francisco. I was so bummed because our first day of vacation was on the disk. And I wanted my digital camera to capture all the ghost I was going to see in Alcatraz. Just before we left for vacation, a show came on television, either on the History Channel or Discovery Channel, about all the sad, lonely, grumpy ghosts stuck in Alcatraz. Sadly, my 3-year-old, decrepit cell phone did not see any spirits roaming around. Bummer.
We spend a couple of our days in Yosemite Park. It was beautiful! We took a hike in the park and afterwards we walked to a gorgeous resort to sit for a bit. I had the most expensive alcoholic beverage I have ever had. $16.00 for some sort of martini. But hey, I was on vacation. (But I did not order a second though!)
San Francisco was a great choice as a vacation destination. So much to do, and if you’re tired of the summer heat, the weather there is a very nice, cool change.
Now back to reality. School is just around the corner. I shall be doing the happy dance soon. :D Love my kids, love the summer, but I also love having a “routine” during the week. And I love that back to school also means Fall is just around the corner. My favoritest time of the year.
How did you spend your summer vacation??