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A Few Days In The City By The Bay

Earlier this month we took a little trip across the country to California for a few days in the City By The Bay. It was Mike’s first time in California and only my second, although my first trip was to San Diego, which is quite different from San Francisco! My mom had a business trip there and asked if we wanted to come along with her & my dad. You don’t have to twist my arm to travel, so I said we would definitely come. I’m terrible at keeping secrets, but I managed to keep my mouth shut for months and made this a sort of anniversary surprise for Mike. Believe it or not, this is the first trip without Lincoln that Mike & I have made since he was born 3.5 years ago. It was long overdue. He’s had many sleepovers with his Mimi and his aunts, but we’ve never both been away from him for more than a night. This is where I give a little blog shout out to Lincoln’s amazing aunties for taking such good care of him and making this trip possible for us. Thanks, ya’ll!

Here’s a little peek at our trip.

View of the city from Alcatraz.


Creepy Alcatraz hospital area for the inmates.







Can’t go to San Francisco without riding the cable cars. Mike confessed that he has always wanted to hang off the back of a garbage truck while it went down the road. He said hanging off of the cable car was close enough. He was super excited.


I have no idea what Mike is doing here, but it made me laugh, so I included it.


On the way up to Muir Woods.



Redwoods. So, so beautiful.


Mike hiking up the mountain. Something most people think nothing of, but for me, I was in awe as I watched him climb with me. It was a pretty intense hike at times. He literally could not have done this before his transplant. Just another moment where I feel so thankful for where he is today.


View from the top. The Pacific Ocean is way off in the distance.




Sunset by the Golden Gate Bridge.



The Mission District is known for their murals. It was fun to walk up and down the alleys checking them out. Also, the Mission District is known for having great Mexican food. We ate at a tiny hole-in-the-wall place with amazing homemade tortilla chips, fresh salsa….oh my. So good.


We stopped by the Full House house just because, well why not? I spent many hours as a kid watching that show. You got it, dude.sf3

My absolute favorite thing was Land’s End. If you go to San Francisco, go there! It’s a looong ride on bus 38, but it’s so worth it. If I lived in San Francisco, you would find me at Land’s End on a regular basis. The rocks, the ocean, the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wow.








Thanks to my mom & dad for inviting us along. It was fun to spend some time together with them and then also have some alone time with Mike while we each did our own thing. It’s really difficult to take no-kid trips, so Mike & I will cherish this one and hope it holds us over until the next getaway. Hopefully it’s not another 3.5 years away!

A Few San Francisco Recommendations:

Hotel Triton – I wanted to find some place fun to stay that would be close to the hotel my mom & dad were staying at for the conference. We loved this place. It’s just steps away from the gate at the entrance to China Town. The area was really convenient and had tons of restaurants and shopping nearby. Also, free wine reception in the lobby each night from 5:00-6:00. Sign me up.

Hops & Hominy – This restaurant was close to the hotel and was actually started by some people from Ocala! They did Southern food right. It was kind of funny to be eating Southern goodness on the West Coast. The homemade corn bread in the cast iron skillet and the buttermilk fried chicken with a hint of jalapeno….yes please.

Salito’s Crab House – Great little restaurant in Sausalito with yummy fresh bread and great views of the harbor.

El Farolito – Nothing fancy about this hole-in-the-wall local restaurant, but ya’ll, I don’t mess around about my Mexican food. This was authentic and downright delicious. Also the cheapest meal we ate all week!

R&G Lounge – I’m not a fan of Chinese food, but the rest of our crew is and they said this restaurant was great. I just get chicken fried rice at every Chinese restaurant, so you’ll have to take their word for it and not mine. Definitely a place for locals. I think we were the only tourists there.

Alcatraz – If you want to see Alcatraz, buy your tickets in advance. They sell out often.

Land’s End and Muir Woods – Just go there! So beautiful. You’ll need a car to get to Muir Woods, but it’s worth it. Land’s End can be accessed by the city buses (Bus 38). Some of the 38 buses drop you right out front of the park entrance, but we ended up on one that dropped us at the VA hospital. Luckily it was a quick walk from there. It’s quite a long bus ride, but oh the views.

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