San Fransisco Getaway

We had some airline tickets that needed to be used before March so we combined some frequent flier miles and credit card reward miles to take our little family on a weekend get away to San Fransisco, CA.

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We had such a great time. Here are some of our favorite highlights.

We went and saw the Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Park. They are massive animals but of course the park doesn’t let you get very close to them. It was mostly the mamas and the pups left on the beach. You could watch them through provided telescopes. It was a super windy day and barely tolerable without wearing windbreaker gear. There was also a good whale watching spot on top of the point by a lighthouse but the wind conditions dissipated any blow spout spray that would be visible if whales were passing by. Beautiful place though, and it looked like there were tons of hiking and camping opportunities there.

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Driving down from Point Reyes took us along the California State Route 1, which was called Shoreline Highway up there above the Golden Gate Bridge. I don’t think I’ve ever driven on such a beautiful, dramatic road. This picture doesn’t even half capture the sights we saw. The coast line was Gorgeous!

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We all loved tide pooling but I think Emma and Jeremy loved it best. I think they could have done this for hours and hours. We had read on line that the tide pooling at Muir Beach was a great spot for kids. Unfortunately the tide was high so we were a bit limited but with Jeremy’s animal finding skills we found plenty of star fish, anemones and shells to make everyone happy.

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Muir Woods was super cool. It’s not the famous Redwood Forest you grow up hearing about but you get a good idea about how big these giant sequoia trees can be. We hiked around and had a great time pretending we were in some sort of troll land.

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I put two photos together to get an idea how tall these trees really are. It’s still hard to imagine, I think.

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We went and checked out Half Moon Bay and spent a nice time relaxing on the beach. There are fun cliffs to hike around and explore. I guess there are some massive waves 4 miles up from the beach at a place called Maverick where major surfing comps happen. We checked it out but the waves weren’t breaking.

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Again, it was windy and a little cold along the shore. We bundled up the kids the best we could with lots of layers. Jeremy and I had forgotten to pack our own coats and had to make due with sweatshirts. The funny part was that Jeremy had even forgotten even a sweatshirt until we were getting dropped off at the airport by my parents. My dad, most kindly, took off his own sweatshirt and let Jeremy borrow it for the trip. On this particular day Jeremy had on a white collared shirt, black pants and my dad’s sweatshirt, an outfit my dad wears quite often. They are very similar in build as well. Every now and then I’d have a funny feeling that I was hugging my dad instead of my husband. Creepy! Ha.

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Emma was dying to go to Alcatraz. They’ve been studying and reading a book about it at school so it was fun for her to see a place she’d learned all about. She couldn’t stop talking about Al Capone.

Sorry Jeremy, you should have put down your phone and smiled at the camera. Emma was too cute not to post.

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It was fun to walk around Peir 39 and see all the yummy restaurants and shops but of course our favorite part was the Sea lions. Bark, bark.

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After driving around the crazy up and down roads of San Fransisco I couldn’t help but wonder who’s grand idea was it to build up such a big city in such a hilly place. It was a crazy roller coaster ride and the houses are amazing. Is everyone in San Fran in good shape after walking up and down those hills?

We, of course, went down Lombard street before hitting China Town.

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Sorry about the poor shot of a garbage can.

Chinatown was a stop that Jeremy really wanted to make. Jeremy speaks Cantonese and spent 4 years of his life in Hong Kong. He said Chinatown felt a lot like Hong Kong because it too is quite hilly. He had a fun time talking to people. They are always so surprised that he speaks so well. Imagine an old Chinese lady saying, “Ahhhh.” after hearing him. It’s fun to see their faces light up. We were looking for a bathroom once and Jeremy could tell the ladies in a restaurant were going to tell him no until he asked in Chinese. Then, there was one conveniently located in the back.

Jeremy really wanted to find some of his favorite foods to share with us, some fruits, so we spent some time walking around trying to find a super market that sold more than just the usual fruits. Unfortunately, we were still in America and not in tropical Asia. Guess we’ll have to plan a trip for overseas!

Overall we had a great trip. The kids even love just staying in a hotel. A pool and a continental breakfast are the some of the best things on earth. San Fransisco is a great place to check out if you’re ever in the area.

We came home to snow and 30 degrees but it’s okay. It’s always good to get home.

4 comments on San Fransisco Getaway

  1. jodi
    February 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm (5 years ago)

    So fun! Looks like you guys hit most of my favorite parts of San Fran! I’d love to take the family there. Great trip.

  2. Dolores
    February 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm (5 years ago)

    So cool that you included beaches & woods and didn’t just see the city! I only live an hour away and have never been to Muir Woods…shame on me! Putting it on our to-do list!

  3. Debbie Grandma
    March 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm (5 years ago)

    Love all the pictures and sharing the adventure vicariously. Hey, what’s wrong with a daily sweatshirt??? Haha.

  4. Sabe
    March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am (5 years ago)

    Love the photos.. Cute family of Carvers and some gorgeous views! Looks like it was a fun trip!!