Tuesday, August 25, 2009

San Fransisco Trip

OK I'm not a good blogger. I think that's pretty clear. Every few months I remember. But you will take what you can get, and you'll LIKE IT! And NO COMPLAINING!!



So I've had an interesting week. Last Tuesday Justin and I decided to go to San Francisco just for fun. (I've never been, and he hasn't been since he was little. And before any more of you ask: NO, we didn't get engaged.) So we drove up PCH and got to stay with Laura Dalton in San Jose. So fun! I loved seeing her and Kylie. Gosh that little girl is growing up! She says some words and is a stinker! So cute.
Here are some pictures from our trip up:

When driving through Malibu, the businesses there milk the city name for all it's worth.

We stopped by Solvang on the way, which is the cutest Danish town. When you go: you eat, and look. My 2 favorite things to do anywhere. :)

This is the restaurant where we ate our lunch. So nummy.

Aebelskiver!!!! Hom nom nom nom nommmm...

3 seconds later. :)

CUTE! I want one for my house.

We stopped by Hearst castle, mostly cuz it's right off PCH. We didn't pay for the tour, though, so we kinda wish we didn't go at all since we took so much time there. Oh well! We looked at the displays in the visitor's center, so we kinda feel like we went to the castle for freeeeee!

More driving:

This is about 1/3 of the way through a really windy and Ortega-esque part of PCH, around Big Sur. Really pretty when there's daylight, but when it's dark it's ANXIETY CENTER. Sheesh. So you do the math: 2/3 of the windy stuff was in the dark. Cue cold sweats and scary thoughts. Justin drove. He's my hero. :)

Anyway when we got out of that I promptly fell asleep on his arm and woke up when he asked where Laura's apartment was cuz we had arrived!! Phew!! Haha.

It was fun to see Laura! We stayed there that night and the next night. Justin got to sleep in Kylie's room (luuuuckyyyy!!!!) and I stayed with a ward friend she has in the same apartment complex where I got my own room. :)

Wed morning we drove the hour to San Francisco. First I took Justin to a Russian Orthodox Church (a surprise for him! He didn't know where we were going first) and he was stooooked. Kept smiling and got to talk to Russian people, buy Russian food and juice!! The Russian juice doesn't have any sugar added, and it's really good. It's similar to nectar you might buy here, but no added sugar. Sounds great to me!! :)Those Russians. They have a DIFFERENT WORD FOR EVERYTHING!! Heehee!

This is the first view of the church when we drove over the hill. Justin said "Hey that's a Russian church!!" Me: "yeah." Justin: "But that's cool!" Me: "Yeah that's where I'm taking you."

Justin: "!!!!!!!!!!" And big smiles.

This is the whole thing.

See the smiles?? :) The bummer thing was, it was closed so we couldn't go inside to look at it. We missed it being open by a hour or so both times we went by.

Then we drove over the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE. I've done it! So fun. Cue me freaking out. :)

Unfortunately it was cloudy and cold all day, so the pictures don't look fabulous. But it was still fun, and still worth it.

We saw this guy on the other side of the bridge, where we hung out for a bit. He's covered everything in Sunday funny papers, including his glasses, the bench he sits on, and his donations container-thingy. We didn't have any money to give him, but his hat flew off in the wind and Justin went to go get it. Justin said they guy was like one of the old surfer dudes: "Thaaaanks, mannn you just made my day."

On our way back over the bridge:

oh, and you have to pay $6 to get back the other way. It's free Northbound, though. Still... guh.

Then we drove down Lombard street (the curvy part- so fun!):

Can you believe people live on this street? They must love traffic to pick there to live. So weird.

Then we went down to the piers and Fisherman's Wharf. This is us goofin' off:

MAN he is so much tanner than me. Sheesh!
We went into the Aquarium of the Bay which was cool, but unfortunately not as cool as the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. So... in case you ever wonder if you should go, don't do it if money is tight. Too bad we didn't know.

Then we got a sourdough bowl filled with clam chowder: yay!!!!

Alcatraz and birdies.

We also went into this museum where they have all the coin-operated games and things. I got to arm-wrestle the same machine that Julie Andrews did in Princess Diaries! So cool. We got some fried shrimp and chips, and teased the many, many seagulls that beg for food. Justin put a shrimp tail on the ground, right by his foot. The bully seagull that was chasing all the other ones off his turf tried the longest time to get it, but Justin would keep raising his foot a little bit, as if to kick the bird, so he'd back off. So funny! He finally got brave and snatched it, all proud of himself.

Then we went to Ghiradelli Square and looked at how they make chocolate, and smelled the nummyness. We were good and didn't buy any, but we got a sample of the peanut butter filled square and nommmmed it. SOOOO good. Sigh...... Then we booked it back to the car cuz we were exhausted. Fun day! I didn't even tell everything that we did, cuz I'm tired and adding pictures is annoying. Rawr. So this is all you get. Don't cry.

Ok but on our way home we stopped by a farmer's fruit stand and got strawberries and 6 ears of corn. We ate almost all of the strawberries (3 crates) and the corn we bbq'd at Mom and Dad's house. Thanks Dad!

OH!!! And I discovered that Justin took a couple of pictures while I was sleeping. NAUGHTY!!!! I'll get him back somehow. Oh and they're on Facebook, no less. I will soooo get him.


Christa Jeanne said...

Oh my goodness, girlie, I loooooove when you blog!!! It's so totally your voice, it cracks me up. :) Glad you had an awesome trip to the bestest city ever!

Laura said...

it was so fun to see you!

Catherine said...

Fun times ... we've done San Fran and Solvang and all those fun places. Sounds like you guys had a great time. :)