So where we were expecting Whistler to be our relaxing destination, it's turning out to be here. We are enjoying SF immensely. For the most part, because of supermom Lynette and her tribe. We've been spoilt rotten from having home cooked food, to chauffeur driven personalized tours.
SF itself is a beautiful city. From when we arrived on the 15th, we've spent much of the time in relaxation mode (probably because it was raining). We started out on Sunday by going to Church in the morning and appreciated the opportunity to be able to give thanks for all the blessings we have. We also said a prayer for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Evan's imminent arrival. Thankfully all our immediate family are all well and good and all accounted for - we feel for the people out West and North that felt the brunt of Evan - our prayers are with you all.
We then spent the afternoon at the shops. We went to get me a pair of jeans and ended up with bags and bags of stuff. It is incredibly cheap compared to Australia.
Monday, the weather was still pretty bad so we ended up going to the Academy of Science for the day, and then on to McDonalds for lunch. The kids enjoyed the day out. On the way back, Netty turned Ava's chair around so that it faces forward not back, and she was not happy. So I ended up driving the left hand drive, on the wrong side of the road, from SF city, over the Golden Gate bridge and on to San Rafael. Woohoo ... keep to the right, keep to the right.
Tuesday, Dan was working, so we made our way down to the SF fire station for a tour of the station and then for a ride on the fire engine. Dan dropped us off at the entrance to China town in the big fire engine that needs a driver at the back of it as well. That was brilliant. The kids got to climb all over the truck before we headed off. We then strolled around China town - there just so happened to be a fire as well and so we got to see Fireman Dan in action.
Today was another great, eventful day out. We spent the day starting out at Alcatraz, and then did the rounds of Fisherman's wharf, where we had lunch. Had a go at the famous Fisherman's wharf chowder - very very good. Then we went for a drive up to Lombard Road - and then braved the traffic back home to San Rafael.
Amazingly, the kids also enjoyed Alcatraz - they were engrossed in the audio tour and took a keen interest in history of the place.
Tomorrow, we go on our bicycle tour. We will ride from Fisherman's Wharf, over the Golden Gate Bridge and down to Sausalito. Then depending on how we're going, we'll either ride back or catch the ferry back over. That should be super exciting.
Well, I've lost my bloggers because they're too preoccupied with their cousins. So I'm relegated to the blogs for San Francisco.