Monday, August 13, 2012

San Francisco

Due to Edward's dedication and hard work throughout the year at American Family Insurance, he qualified for a trip to San Francisco.  We left the kids at home with Grammy and Grandad (We didn't feel too badly for leaving them since they got to experience paradise just a few weeks prior!).  Funny enough, two days after we got back, my parents also had a business trip in San Francisco.  Amazingly enough, they stayed at the same hotel and were exactly two floors above our room!  We were in 2065, and they were in 2265.  So crazy considering our respective companies booked the trips!

Edward and I left the 100 degree July weather, and were welcomed by 50-60 degree weather.  Oh, it felt so nice!  We were glad we packed jackets and jeans, because we were cold that first day until we got a little acclimated!
Bay Bridge

This was one of the highlights of our trip.  It was very interesting.  We highly recommend the tour. 

I think this was near the famous Pier 39.  Pier 39 was interesting and worth stopping by but very touristy.  It honestly reminded me of Universal Walk down in Orlando.  It was so crowded and had many of the same types of shops.  But I'm glad I can say I've been there.
Golden Gate Bridge

July is the cool/foggy season in San Fran.  Only one day could we see the top of the bridge.  It was still gorgeous.  We didn't have time to walk/bike across the bridge, but we did cross it by bus.  I was so sorry we didn't get a chance to stop!  Oh the photo opportunities!
Muir Woods was another of our favorite spots.  It was unbelievably beautiful!  I think I could have stayed for hours.  This is a must for anyone visiting the San Francisco area.  I was so in awe of God's creations!

We had a funny experience while we were there.  There were a lot of homeless people downtown.  Being from small town Missouri, that's not something we are too accustomed to.  After finishing only half my dinner one night, I asked for a box with the intention of finding someone that could use it.  As we stepped out of the restaurant, Edward pointed across the street to a small Asian woman pushing a little cart.  We set off to catch up to her, weaving in and out of the crowd.  As we reached her, I was just getting ready to tap her on the shoulder when we realized she wasn't homeless at all.  She was just a street vendor, packing up her supplies and heading home for the day.  Oops!  That could have been a little embarrassing.  Instead we found another man that could use it instead. 

We really enjoyed San Francisco. It's a place I would love to go back to and hopefully take the kids someday. I felt like we needed more than four days for sure. We found the people to be friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The weather was superb!