Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Bay Area Trip -- Take Two
It is a week of seconds, second time talking about food and second installment on the Bay Area California adventure. This installment will be about our wild and wacky day in San Francisco.
As a kid I always got excited when we had family in town because it always meant a tourist trip to San Francisco. I always loved the city; the Cable Cars, Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 and china town were always favorites, and I hoped to be able show the kids around at least a little.
Time was an issue on this trip and though we didn't want to rush we wanted to give the kids a really good feel of the city. We went over the Golden Gate and though the it was foggy it didn't seem to matter. There was still lots of looking around and Alcatraz garnered a lot of questions, we will have to hit there next time. The one thing I thought the kids would love was the Cable Car, though it was interesting, and there were a lot of questions, I forgot one thing. When you are four feet tall and sitting on the side of the Cable Car, there isn't a lot to see except the streets you're passing between the legs of the people standing in front of you. We were the last few seats on the outside and though the ride was interesting, and looking at how steep the streets were was cool, I think they would have been more into it if they could have seen more than the french family standing in front of them. Next we hit the Wharf and Pier 39, for the seafood loving Thing One this was heaven. She dug checking out all the sea life available for eating, but she really only ever wanted on thing, clam chowder in a bowl and she loved it when we finally got it. The Sea Lions were a treat to watch and Thing Two gave a narration of what they were saying that was too cute. We zoomed through Chinatown which Thing One was really interested in, all the things hanging in window and her adventurous stomach would have had a great time. Overall SF delivered and was a good time to be had by all. Hopefully we will get the chance to go back soon and do more exploring, I would love to hit Golden Gate Park and Haight Ashbury; or catch a Giants game and ride BART.
Even though a lot has changed about San Francisco as a tourist it still feels very familiar and I have to say it was really nice to feel not too out of touch, even though it has been awhile.