Friday, June 20, 2014

San Fran…day 2

I don't think all of this was on day 2, but now I don't remember.  We did go up and hike the Muir woods…AMAZING!  The trees were so huge, and red and the forest floor was my favorite! Filled with clovers, ferns, and other bright green shrubbery.  I did take um, LOTS of random tree pictures.  It was just too amazing. i honestly deleted about 10, so be grateful.
I like these guys!
The guy I asked to take this picture was super amazed with my "beautiful camera"…yet he got mostly floor instead of tree in the shot.  Aw well.

My little hidden bear…

This guy was walking by as Jase was taking this pictured and asked to be thrown in.
This is Jase and I kissing….

I broke off of the boardwalk (not supposed to) because I HAD to have a picture hugging one of these muthers!!!!!

The next day we road paddle boats at the Golden Gate Park around Strawberry Hill.  At first it was fun and exciting….
Then we realized our guy didn't calculate correctly, and he should have put us on 2 boats, and our boat was super slow…and as we were announcing (in horse race style) the paddleboat race going on, elissa named our boat, "paddleboat of shame"…because everyone from "Tokyo" (which was really 3 boats full of fast Asian kids, to Purple hair…a guy with purple hair making his girlfriend do all of the paddling, were passing us up as if we were holding still (which we were some of the time, especially when we went too close to the edge and got high centered on a branch. 

But then we were like, "yo who cares?! We're the coolest out here, we don't 'have to be the fastest!!!"
And the previous night was, well, my birthday!!!  And our lovely friends Matt and Shelbi joined us at an amazing deep dish pizza place, and surprised me with some boxes of amazing desserts from a local pastry joint.   SO much fun to catch up with them!!!!!

Sometimes my camera stops taking pictures and I get mad, and then of course, it takes when I'm making this face.

After Paddle Boat of Shame, we went around and checked out a few more things at GOlden Gate Park….

Then we tried to find an awesome place to eat, but parking was stupid, and then places were closing before we got to them, so we ate some more delicious pastries, then went to Bi-Rite Creamery and ate amazing ice cream, and then I was so large I got stuck in-between walls….
 But oh no, that didn't stop us.  Matt brought us some delicious claim chowder in bread bowls to eat on our triple date in a sedan.   Pretty cozy!

Pretty much a dream day with some pretty awesome people. Oh, and PS, the Kelley's live in San Fran, and she's the sister I met while we lived in Texas that got my testimony going again….she saved generations of Mulders!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

San Fran…day 1

ok, I'm starting with the beginnings of my 35th birthday celebrations.  We started a week early with some sisterly/neicely love at Brio.  We missed our favorite Brio waitress/hotress because she was on vacay, but we had a good time and ate some awesome chocolate cake with double gelato!

 And of course, Dani and Breea know me so well as to get me an adorable anthro apron and ice cream bowl set, which were used immediately upon my arrival back home after shoveling down the chocolate cake….with some delicious mint chip ice cream.

 and then just a day or two after that..>Danica Made this!!!!

Baby Millie!  She's adorable, and perfect, and the cutest baby in the world!!!  I kinda got obsessed with her quickly, and creepily….
Now onto the trip!
Jason's Aunt Tami asked if I would take the pictures for her daughter, Sydney's wedding about 3 months ago.  I kindy declined, letting them know that I'm HORRIBLE at wedding pictures….they kinda begged, so I gave in.  Jase and I decided to make a birthday week out of it, and hit San Fran since we'e been wanting to go since our honeymoon 14 years ago…and then about a month ago, Justin and Elissa decided to come!   It was such a fun trip!  We hit EVERYTHING in the first day.
A little bit of Chinatown.  Mostly cheap crap, Asian food markets, and lots of paper lanterns.
After Chinatown it was time for some lunch, so we hit The Stinking Rose….(garlic)  It was alright, not our fav, but not bad either.

and then just up the street we hit Lombard street (behind us) which was beautiful and quite the hike to get to the bottom of it from where we were.

and seriously, it WAS a hike.  Here's one of my favorites that Lissy sent me of the traitorous  hike and how she felt about it!
 But worth the hike for a view of the city like this one!
 and of course I had to take one of the adorable Mr. and Mrs.  
After that we hit the Ghiradelli Factory for a few samples, some nice live music, a birthday cupcake and Kara's and some delicious ice cream. 
 A while after that we hit the Fisherman's Wharf and caught a ride on a  boat that went under the Golden Gate Bridge, and around Alcatraz.  It was pretty windy and cold, but a very cool tour.

and sometimes this is what I look like on a windblown boat. Not quite the Titanic girl I thought I'd be.