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The Ride, the Witch, & Santa’s Wardrobe

13 Dec

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Where else can you bike the Golden Gate Bridge, explore Sausalito, witness a sunset over San Francsco Bay from the deck of a ferry, and share public transportation with a witch, a reindeer, and about 30 Santas all in one day?  Well that is precisely the experience we enjoyed this past Saturday.

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge has been high on our list of things to do since we arrived to the Bay Area, and if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend this excursion.  It was incredible!

There are plenty of places to rent a bike in San Francisco, but we chose Blazing Saddles mainly because we got a GREAT deal on a Groupon.  We were not disappointed.  The staff were super friendly, the bikes were very comfortable and in great shape, and they hooked us up with ferry tickets from Sausalito back to the city.

We started our journey near Fisherman’s Wharf and followed the handy map given to us by the bike shop all the way down to the Golden Gate Promenade where we stopped to take a few pics.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Promenade

Golden Gate Promenade

Golden Gate Promenade

We followed the Promenade all the way to Torpedo Wharf where we started the steep ascent up to the bridge.  Talk about a workout!!  It was, however, much easier than it would have been if I had tried to bike it before my cardio experiment.

Golden Gate Bridge

The path for bikers was on the west side of the bridge so we had amazing views of the Pacific, and looking Southeast revealed the beautiful San Francisco cityscape.  It was hard to capture very many pics from the bridge because pulling over to the side meant taking your life into your own hands.  There were the touristy riders like myself who hadn’t ridden a bike very often in the past few years.  Then there were the experienced riders on a mission, and it was best to stay out of their way.  As evidenced by my almost getting run over by one cyclist, and receiving a not so nice gesture from him.  Yeah I was that girl. You know, the one holding up traffic to get the perfect pic.  Anyway, I digress.

Golden Gate BridgeWe made it over the bridge, and coasted down to the foot where we came upon a fishing pier.  We decided to stop and rest, and made a friend.

San Francisco Pelican

SausalitoAfter catching our breath, we headed into Sausalito.  This is one of the most beautiful, quaint, little waterfront towns I have ever seen.  We rode along the water down to the Ferry dock where we secured our bikes, and then set out in search of a much needed carbolicious meal.  We ducked into Scoma’s, a cute waterfront seafood restaurant where we had some amazing ahi tuna sandwiches!  Once our bellies were full we explored the abundant shops and art galleries Sausalito had to offer.  We even found a couple of Christmas ornaments to add to our collection.

Sausalito

Sausalito

 

 

 

 

 

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We boarded the ferry back to San Francisco just in time to see the orange horizon of a beautiful sunset over the Pacific.  It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Golden Gate Sunset

That is until we boarded the bus to the Caltrain with a lady from Massachusetts.  Me, being my clumsy self, inadvertently caused her to spill hot tea all over her chest as I was trying to offer my seat to an elderly gentleman.  I was so embarrassed and kept apologizing.  Tyler, trying to lighten the mood, strikes up a conversation.  He brought up the fact that she was from Massachusetts, and jokingly asked her if she’s a witch.  She says, in a very convincing voice, “I might be.”  Tyler profusely apologizes, and politely asks her not to put a spell on us.  Mortified does not even begin to describe what I was feeling at that moment.  It was short lived, however, by the fact that we shared our train car with a guy in a reindeer suit and about 30 Santa Claus impersonators  all from SantaCon.  All it took was a candy cane  and a few drunk Santas to lift my spirits again;-).  How was your weekend?

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What do cable cars, Google, and the Tanner family have in common?

20 Oct

They all have ties to San Francisco!

What’s that got to do with the price of tea in “Chinatown” you ask? 

Well, this just so happens to be the location of our next adventure….eeep!!!

It has been over a year since Tyler and I started traveling with my job, and I can’t believe we haven’t made it to the golden coast yet.  California has always been on top of our list of places to live.

I am excited about my assignment.  I will be working in a highly regarded facility, and will have exposure to some of the most advanced medical technology in cardiovascular care.  It is a welcome challenge, and I look forward to spending my weekends off exploring the “land of milk and honey.”

There is so much to do in the Bay area and we have 3 whole months to explore!! Here are the top 3 reasons I am most excited to explore the city by the bay.

  1. Family first!  Tyler grew up in SoCal and still has lots of family there.  I, too have family there, and my brother, sister-in-law, and my nephews and niece are going to be living in the same area we will be.  I am so happy we will have the opportunity to spend more time catching up.
  2. Sights and attractions. The Golden Gate Bridge. Chinatown. Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world). Fisherman’s Wharf. Pier 39. Golden Gate Park. Alcatraz. Ghirardelli Square. Food, food, food. And tons of museums.
  3. Location, location, location.  Northern California is full of so many activities, especially for the outdoorsy types like we are.  The Bay area is within a short drive to so many attractions.  We (I) could be tasting wine in Napa valley one weekend, and skiing in Lake Tahoe the next.  We could spend a couple days exploring Yosemite National Park or a weekend in       L. A. is only a short flight away.

There are countless things to do in California, and our location couldn’t be more perfect for another amazing adventure.  Hope you will enjoy following  our travels.

Any suggestions for things to do in the area are welcome!!