Friday, May 27, 2011

I Heart San Francisco

One of the highlights of our epic California trip was seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. I've seen the bridge before, of course, and even walked it for the first time last year on a super fun double date with my sister and her man. Those photos truly deserve a post on their own, so here's just a few photos from that  double date.

This time, I was SOO excited to bring the boys and show them one of the (my own personal) wonders of the world. Memories of that bridge permeate my childhood, and I wanted to share that with them, and experience the amazing views of the bridge from the Marin headlands side of the bridge that I hadn't seen before.

We made the drive up to the very top of the Marin headlands and hopped out for photos.

Apparently, I felt I needed to bring a little bit of Texas to California.
Plus, I had just got this shirt and I LOVE it.
Way up here at the top of the Marin headlands there were much fewer tourists. Combined with the lack of tourists due to being there on Wednesday, it made for a peaceful venture.  After photos, we drove back down along the road that curved around the side of the mountains, which you can see in the distance,

to the vantage point I really wanted to see the bridge from. Brando had resisted stopping there in the first place to go to the top of the mountain, and I had resisted going to the top of the mountain. We were both grateful we each compromised and did both, as his view was an expansive, gorgeous view of the California coastline, the Golden Gate bridge, the city, and San Francisco bay. Mine was a gorgeous close-up view of the enormousity of the Golden Gate bridge (ooh, I sooo love that view) and a beautiful, up close view of the San Francisco bay.

In all my oohing and aahing, this was the boys' reaction.

Yup. That's pretty much how they stayed the entire time - completely uninterested over what is so special about this bridge. It had to make me laugh. In the meantime, I took in the beauty and serenity in awe

 and Brando took in the dangerous scenes while I documented his possible demise, as normal.
Surprisingly enough, seeing the Golden Gate bridge wasn't the highlight of the trip. At least not for the boys, and though the bridge was the highlight of the trip for me, discovering an unknown to us place made it even better. Though I really want to include our not so secret discovery in this post, it also really deserves it's own post, so here's just a few photos if you want to guess.


Athena said...

I heart SF too, wish I could go every week. Ok, I'll need directions on how to get to that vantage point in the Marin headlands :) Those pics are spectacular. And the not so secret spot -- is that the area you told me about in email? Happy Memorial Day weekend, Rose! xoxo

Liz said...

I love this post! Obviously I'm a bit biased, but I definitely heart SF! I sometimes get so used to it all that I forget how beautiful of a city it really is!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

omg, i have been dying to get there one day soon. the only time we almost made it was many years ago when the earthquake hit and we got redirected. what are the chances? any way, seeing your stellar arrangement of pics makes me happy to at least enjoy more glimpses of the fine city. oh man, you gotta post about the bridge walk, lucky girl is what!!!

the boys are so cute and you two are darling, just love all the photos immensely. happy weekend! ♥

a tall sassy gal said...

San Fran is one of my fav places. I have always wanted to live there or in the area somewhere. Beautiful pics!

Raven said...

you guys are CUUUTE! I love San Francisco! I actually am flying into there in about 3 weeks, can't wait. Great pictures and glad you had fun!

Camels & Chocolate said...

a) You were SO close to my apartment! but

b) when on Earth were you in San Francisco when you could be out and about in just a tube top? I can count the number of times I've been out and about in the city in my 3+ years living there without a jacket on one hand!

Mariel Torres said...

i would love to visit SF one day... the pictures are so cute darling!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Boys will be boys, one day they will appreciate it.

Sonya said...

Fabulous photos! I've never been to San Francisco but it's on my list of places to visit some day.

Artfully Awear said...

Such cute photos! The Golden Gate is one of my favorite landmarks.

New follower!

Pink Sun Drops said...

Athena - Me, too. I'll email you on how to get there - and, yes, the not so secret part is the one I emailed you about. Happy Memorial Day to you, too!

Liz - I'm so glad you love this post. Isn't it strange how one can live in a beautiful city and forget about the beauty? That's one of the things I realized when I moved away from Santa Cruz - that I never appreciated the beauty. So now I try to appreciate the beauty of where ever I am :) . I sometimes wonder if I'd be on hyperbole mode if I lived back in Cali again :) .

Lynn - Aw, thanks, girl. Wow, that's crazy that you went at the same time as the earthquake! Was that the '89? I remember being 7 and living in Santa Cruz at the time. Quite a memory I've had to work through!!

Tall Sassy Gal - Thanks, girl! Wouldn't it be awesome to live in each of our favorite places for a few years? Why don't more people do that?!

Raven - Aw, girl, thanks :) . How exciting that you're going there in 3 weeks! I can't wait to see pictures!

Camels & Chocolate - How is it I still associate you with Palo Alto?! Ergh. Next time we go through San Fran you're getting an email. Also, I grew up in Cali weather so I'm a little bit hard-core :) - San Fran like weather especially as Santa Cruz is not so different for parts of the year. Pretty sure I had layers on when we crossed the bridge, though :) .

Pink Sun Drops said...

Mariel - Aw, thanks, girl! You absolutely need to visit SF one day. You would adore it. So glad you stopped by - love discovering new blogs and yours is exactly the kind of blog I absolutely love :) !

Melissa - So true. That's what I kept telling myself.

Sonya - Thanks, girl! It's so beautiful. You would truly appreciate it.

Artfully Awear - Aw, I love new followers! Thanks for saying hi. LOVing all the color in your blog and definitely adding you to my reader as well!

Ashley said...

These pictures REALLY make me smile!! I would love to go to the Golden Gate Bridge someday! I've never been to California...but San Francisco is on my list!!

These pictures make me think of one of my favorite movies from high school...Boys and Girls (with Freddie Prinze Jr.) Have you seen it?

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

yes, you got it right. it was the one from '89. so crazy, we had stopped off not too far away for gas and heard it on every car radio in the vicinity. totally had to redirect our trip but man you could almost feel and sense the tragedy through the air. so scary. ♥

Pink Sun Drops said...

Ashley - Oh my gosh, girl, you would LOVE San Francisco. You would find so much beauty in it!! Even though you don't have solid plans yet, I'm still excited for your pictures when you go :) !! And, no, I haven't seen Boys and Girls, or even heard of it. Now I'm curious and will have to check it out!

Lynn - Wow, yes, it was a scary feeling. Because we lived in Santa Cruz at the time, my parents took us straight to Visalia. I remember having to take side roads because bridges had collapsed. The entire downtown was brick and fell completely in as well. Scary time - it actually took me until just last year to work through the trauma of it!! Crazy how it stuck with me!


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