san francisco | fisherman’s wharf and the mission

Our trip to San Francisco included a tour of Fisherman’s Wharf and the Mission, plus a stroll through the Castro. I can’t wait to share our wonderful time with you all! Fisherman’s Wharf While we were in San Francisco visiting B’s friends, we made a trip to the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood to visit Pier 39 and see the sea lions. Not only did we love watching all of the wildlife in action, but we also enjoyed all of the cafés. I had the best clam chowder I’ve ever tasted at Chowders while B had the fish and chips. The chowder was thick and creamy, came in a sourdough bread bowl and was cheap. There was the food great and the atmosphere was nice. It wasn’t too crowded and the wall of windows allowed us to watch everything that was going on. We also stopped by a salt water taffy shop […]


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san francisco, ca

If you’re making a trip to the San Francisco Bay area, I recommend booking an Alcatraz Island tour. We booked in advance online and our tickets were around $30 each. Since there are different tour times throughout the day, including early bird and night tours, you can pick the time that’s most convenient for you and your group. Just remember that the boat ride to and from the island is around 15-20 minutes long. The tours depart from Pier 33, to the right of a large building that says “Alcatraz Landing”. Once you’ve boarded the hybrid ferry, there are drinks and snacks you may purchase. We enjoyed the boat ride because the weather was nice and we were able to see both the Bay and Golden Gate bridge. The tickets include a short film, audio tour and different scheduled story times. We bought coffee at the Alcatraz gift shop {we’re […]


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friday’s letters

Dear Friday, Usually I’m happy to see you but my friend is back home already and I have no one to hike with during the day. And no one to shop with, complain to, and buy Sprinkles cupcakes with. By the way, has anyone tried Sprinkles new German chocolate cupcake? Oh my gosh. Stuff your faces now! Dear Camelback Mountain, I wasn’t expecting to have to pull myself up you with a metal railing, but I did it. And I’m happy to report that we made it to the top and back and I only fell once… and we didn’t get stung by killer bees. I’d call that a win. Dear Nikon D600, You’re so much heavier than my Canon. I honestly feel like I need to lift some weights before I use you as my regular camera. Have I ever mentioned that I have NO upper body strength? Dear Malcolm and Dexter, […]


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coronado beach and balboa park | san diego, california

Coronado was one of my favorite stops while we were visiting San Diego because there was so much eye candy. Every building was unique in its own way, and I especially loved the old homes lining the streets. After taking a trolley tour through some of the neighborhoods, we drove to Coronado Beach. Hotel Del Coronado takes up most of the beachfront and looks absolutely luxurious with its Victorian features. It’s a historic landmark and one of the oldest wooden buildings in California, and a handful of Presidents and movie stars have stayed there. If I ever make it back to San Diego with Brandon, we would love to stay at the hotel — for the history and the wonderful amenities.Balboa Park reminds me of New York City’s Central Park in that it’s huge. We could have easily spent all day wandering around the park and going into the museums and […]


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san diego, california

One of my good friends is visiting from the Midwest so a few days ago, we decided to take a road trip from Arizona to San Diego, California. The drive wasn’t as exciting as I figured it would be because we were in the middle of nowhere for a few hours, but sitting in a cramped car and eating way too many pumpkin seeds was completely worth the wonderful weather we arrived to. We stayed at the Marriott in the Gaslamp District and Petco Park area so there was plenty to do. We walked to restaurants and bars, and then took a trolley and boat tour in the San Diego Bay. We were surprised to see so many sea lions and dolphins during our daytime boat tour. If you ever visit San Diego, definitely try and book one!


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