Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Exploring the City of San Fran

Monday, the 14th, was our day to have fun in the city! We made it just in time for the first Blue and Gold Fleet cruise to depart. It ended up working out perfectly because we walked on right before they left and still had a great spot at the back of the boat to relax in peace. The front was crazy crowded and we had just as good a view once we went under the bridge and turned around. We went under the boat for a bit on the way out to the bridge and I was surprised no one else did. It was a good place to escape the wind for a bit. This was our first time doing the cruise and it was fun to see the bridge from a different vantage point.
We walked around the little downtown area more this year and I really enjoyed it. It is such a fun city and we bought some cute California t-shirts from one of the little vendors.
For lunch we went to the Codmother Fish and Chips and it was pretty dang good! We ordered waaay too much food, but we had to try it all, right?! They even had some dessert options...fried oreos and snickers. We tried both and then were too stuffed for Ghiradelli. I was a little sad about it, but we've been the last couple years so I knew I could survive :-).
We walked around a bit more, bought some more fun little souvenirs from street vendors and then started our drive down to Monterey for our next stop.
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Monday, July 28, 2014

California Academy of Sciences

We ate a little snack at the Exploratorium and then headed over to the California Academy of Sciences.
It is in Golden Gate Park, which is a beautiful area with all kinds of cool museums and gardens. As we were walking over we heard a band playing and came across this cute little group of retired musicians who play together in the park. They weren't amazing, but you definitely can't beat that setting for a show. We only listened for a bit and then headed into the museum so we would have enough time to look around before they closed at 5pm.
It was another amazing place! It was also a little more manageable as far as size and we were able to get through the entire place with just enough time. There was a really impressive aquarium, a whole rain forest, a planetarium, and some other cool exhibits like the skulls and an earthquake simulator. Preston saw the earthquake part on the map when we first got there and really wanted to go to it. The whole time we were there he was asking when we were going to the earthquake. Then when we finally got there and were in the little house that experienced the "earthquake" and he freaked out. We barely made it through our shaky experience without having to take him out early. Silly Prest :-).
We were planning to get yummy sandwiches at Ike's for dinner and when we passed a little hot dog stand on the way back to the car we got those for Addie and Preston instead. It was cheaper and they were just as happy and then the rest of us enjoyed the yummy sandwiches. I got mine on gluten free bread and I couldn't believe how good that bread was. THE most normal tasting GF bread I have had in my life.
It was a busy, but fun day and we all slept well that night!
Addie loved all the pretty flowers on the walk to the museum...we had to tell her she wasn't allowed to pick them after this one :-)
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Preston touched the snake too...I just missed it
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