Last weekend, we spent some time in the gorgeous city of San Francisco. All four of us enjoyed every moment that we were in the city. If you’re new to this blog, welcome and thanks for visiting. If you’re a follower, thank you for supporting us by coming back to our blog!
From time to time, we like to go on an adventure to a big city as we live and play in a state park. Being surrounded by open land and wildlife is just the sort of living that we like to do, but we do enjoy some time in the city. Hence, our brief visit to the City by the Bay.
We like to include doing “new” to us experiences such as different modes of transportation and lifestyle related things. For instance, from our hotel, there were many delicious food options at local restaurants. We were able to walk over a couple of blocks and chow down on something scrumptious. We even ate “brunch” on Sunday because we’re fancy like that. (we’re not fancy)
We explored two museums during our stay; one was the Exploratorium on the pier and the other was the Walt Disney Family Museum. Both are “must do’s” in our opinion. We had two different friends tell us “please go” to the Exploratorium, and the WDFM was on Mike’s bucket list.
The Exploratorium is stocked with a plethora of science based exhibits and activities. The most profound one for Mike and I was one that required you to hold a mask over your face leaving only your eyes showing. From eye expressions only, we had to guess what each other was thinking. There were six or seven options, and each time we guessed correctly! It was really fun and kind of mind blowing.
After the Exploratorium, we walked to a nearby park and the kids played on a huge playground. Then we ventured over to an ice cream shop that served homemade ice cream and cones. Delish!
Over the Moon Ice Cream, Downtown
We then took a trolley/street car back up to our hotel. The ride up the steep hills with the man pushing the levers back and forth for brakes or motion was thrilling for us all. It was as though we stepped into a time machine for the few minutes we were on the trolley. The views of the city and the incredible architectural details were breathtaking. Mike and I “oohed and aahed” over the buildings we passed. “Oh, Babe look at that Art Deco building over there!” It was impossible to capture it all on camera.
The next day, we toured the Walt Disney Family Museum which was by far the favorite venture for Mike and I. The museum is set up in such a way that even Jensen was rarely bored. We each read and explored every room as we made our way through the entire museum. There was a fabulous exhibit of the talented animator, Glen Keane, that we all loved. Another bucket list item is checked off!
We tried getting rides through Uber, which was a new thing for us, and for the most part it was successful. There were two drivers that had some trouble navigating through road closed signs and hitting parking pavers. All in all, the convenience of being picked up when we wanted was great! We will definitely use that kind of service again.
Our hotel was a 2 1/2 star masquerading as a 3 1/2 star online. Ha! That was a little bit of a surprise to us as we walked in, but it was clean at least. Also, Emma and I were so looking forward to taking baths during our stay, but the hotel only had showers. We had this grand plan of walking down to Lush and choosing bath bombs, but it wasn’t meant to be. Oh, well.
We all had our favorites from our trip. As I already mentioned, Mike and I loved the Disney Museum. Emma’s favorite was walking around the city, and Jensen loved the family workouts we did in the hotel gym. Awesome stuff!
We are looking forward to our next visit to San Francisco!