This past weekend we decided to turn a quick trip into a girl’s five-day getaway. Seth’s brother, Matt and his finance Jasmine (who we all love) decided to tie the knot in San Francisco. With only a few day’s notice, mom thought it might be fun for the girl’s to head down and surprise them at the courthouse.
We left Wednesday morning and drove 12 hours to San Francisco. Thankfully Jan, Seth’s Mom, had a friend who had an apartment in Redwood City and we were able to bunk there since her husband was out of town on business. We arrived in time to eat dinner and come back to the apartment for TV and sleep. The next morning we got up and went downtown for some shopping. Boy was that an experience! Honestly, I was a little uncomfortable and kept my mace and sharp end of my umbrella in hand for quick use if necessary. There were so many homeless people on the streets and sadly a lot of crazy people yelling about random things. I found it a little depressing, but I will admit that it didn’t take long to get used to it. We did some shopping and then had lunch at the cafe in Nordstrom. Of all places we ate, this was one of my favorites. The food was so good and the bread pudding was to die for. Yum!
After lunch we wrapped things up at the mall and headed toward the Courthouse. Of course with all the rain and humidity, my hair was a nightmare! I felt a little unkempt for a wedding! 🙂 The wedding was supposed to start at 3:00 so we arrived a little early. Jasmine looked beautiful and Matt just as handsome. They were so happy. Luckily they were able to get married out by the big stairs so we could all watch (instead of one of the tiny courthouse rooms). It was so fun to be there and support Matt and Jasmine. After the wedding we met up with them and Jasmine’s family at the Ferry Building. We shopped at the shops, visited, and finished off the night by having grilled cheese sandwiches (amazing!!) at the Cowgirl Creamery.
The girls at the ferry building with the ferry’s in the background
Here’s my lovely hair and my umbrella which I was always carting around with me.
The next morning we woke up and went to Stacks for breakfast with Matt, Jasmine and some of her family. The food was again so good! Rach and I shared an omelet and strawberry waffles. Did I mention how good the food was on this trip?! After breakfast we pulled out our umbrellas and braved the wet streets. It was pouring!
Jan, me, and Abby
It didn’t take long to realize we didn’t want to be walking in this weather. We headed back to the car and basically viewed all of San Francisco (probably several times) through the car windows. We drove and drove and drove and drove… This was the best view I got of the Golden Gate Bridge.
After a lot of driving we decided to once again brave the rain and we headed to China Town. We spent the rest of the evening there buying souvenirs for the kids back home. We finished the night off by eating at R & J Lounge, which came highly recommended by one of the locals at a nearby shop. The prices were outrageous, but we got to eat loads of seafood, even a deep fried crab, also highly recommended (but in my opinion wasn’t all that great). Other than being herded in like cattle and forced to eat and run, we quite enjoyed our food there.
R & J Lounge…we all shared! Yikes, that is a lot of food!
The last day, we decided to hit Fisherman’s Wharf, the Pier, Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, and other areas down by the water. This was a favorite day for me. We had a blast! Our first stop was Lombard Street. There is one section of the street in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest street in the world. We took pictures and then drove down it. The speed limit is only 5 mph, but it was a fun, and a little frightening adventure!
You can see Lombard Street in the background.
Next, we headed to Boudin Bakery on the Pier for a bowl of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Unfortunately, the clam chowder was a let down (it doesn’t hold a candle to the clam chowder at Market Street grill), but the bread was quite delicious. We then began hitting the shops on the pier and enjoying a day without much rain. Of course the lack of rain was too good to be true and as we made our way up to Ghirardelli’s the hail hit and we ran for cover in their shop and sipped on some yummy hot chocolate.
After more shopping, browsing and such we eventually headed back down to the Wharf. Unfortunately, the tickets for Alcatraz were sold out. Instead Rachel and I opted for a boat ride out around Alcatraz. Mom and Abby chose to do some more browsing while we went (probably a really smart idea). The wind was blowing and the ship was rocking. Water was sloshing up on the boat and it seemed we were almost completely sideways at times. Both Rach and I were a little nervous, but in the end we made it back safe. I got a few shots of Alcatraz, but I still would like to go back and get a real tour someday.
Me with San Francisco in the background.
As close as we ever got to Alcatraz.
Afterward we met up with Mom and Abby and spent quite some time at an old time arcade on the Wharf. It was pretty funny. We had our fortunes read, took our pictures in a photo booth, played an old-school wack-a-mole and listened to old-time pianos. It was fun!
Us being goofy with one of the games in the background.
We ate dinner at a seafood joint by the water. Of course, seafood is delicious and so fresh in California so we ate far more than our share this weekend. And of course we did more walking, shopping, and hot chocolate before we headed home. It was a great day!
I had such a fun time with those girls. It is a necessity to get out and have fun laughing, relaxing and playing with girls. Things were a little rocky on the home front and Seth felt that five days was a little too long to be away. I can understand how hard it can be with six kids so I will sympathize a little. 🙂 Due to weather over Donner’s Pass our trip was pushed out another day, but I went ahead and flew home on Sunday so Seth could make it to work the next day and have a little time-off from being the “mom”. Thanks hon for letting me go. I had a great time!
Jan, Abby, and I in front of a cable car