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A Weekend in San Francisco

 

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Happy Monday everyone!

This past weekend was a busy one running around San Francisco with Jacks family. So I decided to write a recap of our fun filled (yet exhausting) weekend! (Photos are posted below).

Whenever I personally visit my hometown of San Francisco, I always think to myself, “you never know what you have until it’s gone,” This is so true on so many levels. When I lived in San Francisco, I took it for granted. I was a busy young go-getter working two jobs hustling my way into this busy city that I never really got to enjoy it. I’ve never been to Alcatraz, Lombard Street, or tried any new hip restaurants; and the list goes on. Since Jack joined the military and we moved away to places like Alabama and Alaska, I realized how much I missed San Francisco. I left my heart in San Francisco, it is seriously one of the most beautiful cities I have ever had the privilege of growing up in. If you haven’t been, I highly suggest adding it to your bucket list.

On Friday we weren’t even planning on visiting SF at all this weekend, but Jack came home early and spontaneously suggested, “Hey! Lets go to SF!” and I just couldn’t say no, haha. So I did laundry, cleaned our house, packed, got Ted settled with his sitter, and we were off. We picked up Jacks sister Tracy on the way since she was just getting off of work. Jovie was so excited to see Auntie Tracy, because if she knew Auntie Tracy was around, than her Cousin Crystal can’t be far, and they are really like mini best friends. Friday night we went to go eat at our usual Vietnamese restaurant in Daly City called Pho Huynh Hiep 3 and the food here is just delicious! They can get pretty busy, so get there early.

Saturday was super busy! First we went to go check out Pier 39. I always love visiting this place because it always brings me back to my childhood. Its pretty cool, and it was Jovie’s first time, so I was excited. You can see Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge from the Pier, plus much more. We walked the Pier, they had a farmers market going on, saw the ferry building, visit the playground, Jo and Crystal went on a carousel, got some yummy Trish’s Mini Donuts, and saw the sea lions. Jovie was fascinated by the huge body of “water” ocean  🙂

After the Pier we walked to Fishermans Wharf, its a short one minute walk from Pier 39. Fishermans Wharf have lots of shopping, souvenir stores, all kinds of restaurants, and street performers. Jack and his family decided on In & Out for lunch, but my pregnant picky self wanted to try Chipotle for the first time.

After lunch we drove across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, we wanted to see the famous Point Bonita Lighthouse. It’s about a 10 minute drive through the beautiful scenic Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and a 0.5 mile walk to get to the light house. Since it’s by the ocean, it was very windy and cold up there, so if you visit bring lots of layers to warm up. But right when we reached the lighthouse, the bridge to the lighthouse was closed for maintenance. We were so bummed we couldn’t go to the actual lighthouse, but got to see it from a distance, we still enjoyed the hike and got some pretty photos. They will open back up in October, so we will be back.

Our Saturday was just halfway over. After the lighthouse, we went to this fun place for the kids called Peek-a-Boo factory on West Portal Street. Jovie and Crystal had a blast, they did not want to leave, we ended up staying til closing. By this time I was pooped, I wanted to go back home to take a nap.

After the Peek-a-Boo factory we went to our favorite place to eat, Ling Ling Cuisine on San Bruno Street. This place to us has the most delicious Chinese food we’ve ever tasted anywhere (and we’ve tried a lot of places). It never fails, always our go to spot when we are in San Francisco. After dinner, we stopped by a few places for some shopping, then finally went home.

Sunday morning we decided to drive back to Plumas lake. But before we hit the road we had to stop by our favorite dim sum place Good Luck Dim Sum and Chinese bakery Cherry Blossom Bakery for some treats. Both places are located on Clement Street, Clement also have other little asian markets, stores, and restaurants stretching a few blocks. Once we got our food, we said our goodbyes, and drove the two hours back home to prepare for another week!

Phew, this ends our weekend recap, hope you all try out some of these places, let me know if you do!

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