The kids are finally getting to an age where we can drive places and get to said places relatively unscathed. And I say that in retrospect. It is far easier to write about the awesomeness that is traveling with kids... four weeks later. Not that it wasn't AWESOME. It was just... also very difficult. I have aversions to crowds and Bo and Revi aren't fully potty trained and Fable's feet always hurt and Archer is annoyed by how slow everyone is and Hal does NOT appreciate noise when he's driving, which, I mean... hello. I mean, dude....
Anyway, after our New Years drive up the coast, we landed in San Francisco where we spent three full days exploring the city with our crew and friends/hostessess with the mostessess, Maggie, Brad, Hank and Baby-to-Be-in-Maggie's belly... (Thank you, guys, for everything.)
Day One: The Presidio & Downtown
It was freezing that day and poor Revi was in tears half the time. (Luckily Maggie brought bubbles to distract... and they worked. For ten minutes, anyway.)
I kept Revi in the carrier wrapped up in my coat for the half day we spent there as the other kids ran around. Bo, on the other hand, REFUSED to wear a sweater because, "It's not cold here at all, actually."
After lunch (thanks for the balloons, Mel's) we split up and explored Downtown, rode a Merry-go-Round and ran around a park in the shadows of giants. It was lovely. Walking around unfamiliar cities always is, I think.***
Day Two: California Academy of Sciences
My cousin, Erica, met us there with her oldest daughter, Jade, and we had a lovely time. Science Museums are our jam. So are open-air auditoriums where coffee is served outside and we can sit and watch people and the kids run around...***
Day Three: China Town/Cable Car/Cable Car MuseumWe drove home late Sunday night, pulled over punch-drunk to get food around 10, listened to Serial while the kids slept, chewed gum to stay awake. We talked about the trip, where we're going, where we've been. We held hands, had to pee but didn't stop, kept driving. Around 2am, we arrived home, where we took turns carrying sleeping children to their beds before collapsing in a heap of high fives.
We were supposed to leave in the morning but decided to stay the day and drive home late that night, which was THE BEST IDEA ever because China Town was amazing. So was riding a cable car with the crew. So was hanging out at The Cable Car Museum which is free, FYI. Twas the perfect day.Hi, guys! We are tourists!
The highlight of our time was seeing the Fortune Cookie Factory (which is located in the alley pictured above) and watching fortune cookies get made. We bought 78789 bags of them and are STILL consuming them all these weeks later... (Next time, we'll make our own fortunes at home and bring them to the factory to make our own... which you can totally do there, isn't that the best?)
Until next time, San Francisco...