The purpose of this blog is twofold. First and foremost it is in preparation for an upcoming class that I will be teaching at the Lister Academy - it will allow for me to experiment with the technology that we will be using in the class, plus give a forum for my students and I to stay connected.
Secondly, this blog gives a nice side-effect that our friends and family can see what we're up to during our travels. I hope that all viewers (students, colleagues, friends and family) will enjoy the posts and feel free to leave your own comments.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

San Francisco

And we’re on the move again… we packed our things and headed out of Yosemite this morning as we make our way back to Northern California for Corey (Bryan’s younger brother) and Amber’s wedding. Since Bryan and I have never been to San Francisco together (I’ve been for conferences and Bryan came through on a visit to his brother when our nephew, Cove, was born) – we thought it would be nice to visit the city together.

So what do you do with only 6 hours in San Francisco?

First stop, after dropping our bags off at Hotel California, was the Wholefoods Market for dessert before dinner. They have a GREAT selection of Carmela-friendly desserts so we prioritized going there first. Then it was onto the World Famous San Francisco Cable Cars. While you can catch these at various stops along their route, we decided to start at the turn station at Powell Street - it was cool to see them be manually turned just like the old days.

We then rode UP and DOWN the steep San Fran streets on the cable car – Bryan even got to ride standing up, hanging on the rails. I couldn’t help but sing “Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat! Ding! Ding!” jingle while we rode (yes I realize I’m dating myself and Bryan’s students will likely not know this jingle, but with the miracle of the internet I’m sure you can find it out there, somewhere). Our driver was fantastic! He had a great personality and really made the experience that much more memorable for us.

The cable car brought us from Market Street down to Fisherman’s Wharf on the water. The wharf is famous for many things, besides shopping (boring!), there’s the Pier 39 Sea Lions, Alcatraz, numerous street performers, a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and lots of places to eat, including The Crab House at Pier 39. Since California is known for Dungeness Crab, we opted to have local fare for dinner. It was delicious (yes, that's Bryan wearing a bib) and our seats were perfect – we were overlooking the bay and got to watch the Sea Lions and enjoy the spectacular sun setting behind Golden Gate Bridge. All in all, it was a lovely way to end our vacation for two since on Wednesday we’ll be meeting up with lots of family, from all over the country, for pre-wedding fun.

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