Monday, July 12, 2010

San Francisco!

Three weeks ago, we were gifted a last-minute trip to San Francisco. Let me first say, that we are so thankful for this tremendously generous gift we received and we absolutely love the people we received it from (who I will not name in case they would like to remain anonymous).

By last minute I mean, we found out on Wednesday that we would be leaving early Saturday morning for 5 nights and 6 days, and I didn’t even get the okay from my boss until Thursday afternoon. I am a last minute packer anyway, and with this vacation being booked with only two days notice, it actually justified my usual midnight run to Walmart the night before a flight and the all-night laundry and packing fiasco.

Without having slept at all, we left our house at 4:15 am and began our vacation with breakfast on our way to the airport. I just LOVE vacations! The fact that everything is low-cal or no-cal while you’re away is so freeing!

Two planes and 7 hours later, we made it to gorgeous, sunny and -- COLD San Francisco. When we were told to “bring a sweater”, we thought that meant it would get chilly in the evenings. Well, not for this native Houstonian. It was in the 60’s during the day and 50’s at night, and we quickly realized that we would NOT be laying out on the beach and getting a tan as we had thought. Sunny, beachy California dreams were consistently met with “not in San Francisco” when we talked to the locals. I guess we stereo-typed just as much as those who think everyone in Texas lives on a ranch with horses.

The first two days of our trip, we were able to hang out with our cousins Josh and Justin who graciously made the 6-hour drive from Los Angeles to spend some time with us. We had so much fun with them! It had been 10 months since we had seen them, and we really needed and enjoyed our J&J time! Fortunately for us, they had been to SF several times and showed us how to get around town and took us to several must see touristy spots.

Golden Gate Bridge
Us with Josh and Justin (cousins)

The Muir Woods
Monterey Bay Aquarium

We took our time with everything and really enjoyed every second of our trip.  It had been a long time since we had had the opportunity to vacation like that and we relished every minute of it.  There were so many things we didn't get to see or do, but we decided we needed to leave something for next time!