About 24 hours after returning home from Michigan (with 3 delayed flights, 1 missed flight, and an overnight stay in San Francisco), I hit the road again to join the family I work for in the Bay Area for a little working vacation.
We stayed in a great house in Oakland with awesome views.
I’ve never been in the Bay Area before (other than the airport), but from what I understand, we had unusually awesome weather for January- lots of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60’s. It was glorious.
I spent my days eating awesome food (a perk of working for a couple of foodies), and playing with my two favorite kiddos. I also had an afternoon to explore San Francisco on my own. I had a long list of things to do, and with the time constraints of public transportation and limited daylight, I only got to accomplish a little. But I did manage to successfully take the train everywhere I went.
I spent some time exploring the Ferry Building, which is full of restaurants and little shops (mostly food related).
Then I took the ferry to Sausalito. The ferry ride was awesome, with excellent views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito was cute, but I ran out of things to do pretty quickly. I’m sure there’s lot of exciting hiking and such to do around there, but I only had about an hour and a half before I needed to catch the ferry back, so I just wandered the town and perused the shops.
We spent a day at Indian Springs Resort and Spa, taking the girls swimming in a 100-something degree Olympic-sized mineral pool (you might also call this “sweet heaven”). This was also my first trip to Napa Valley, and I cannot wait to go back. Vineyards, mountains, and beautiful architecture. Goodness, gracious.
And we spent an afternoon at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, which is awesomely located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s basically a kid’s dreamland. Lots of toys, art activities, playgrounds, and ways to explore. And it had the added perk of awesome views of the bridge for us adults.
After a week of fun with the kiddos, we made the 9-ish hour drive back to Eugene. It was gorgeous. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing mountains.
Here’s to a year with many more travels ahead!