During the last week of August and the first few days of September, our little family took our first real family vacation . . . to California! I was so excited because I had never been to California before, plus I couldn't wait to vacation as a family of three. We were away for 11 days, so of course I have too many photos to blog. However, I have so many photos I want to share that this blog will be part one of three :-).
The first day of our vacation was quite a rough day. Our flight was scheduled to leave the nearby airport at 6:00am, so we had to leave our house at 4:15am to give ourselves plenty of time (we live about 30 minutes from the airport). Everything went smoothly at the airport. We had really talked up the whole flying experience to Brianna, so she was excited and taking it all in as we prepared for take-off.
Here we are on the plane (remember, it's EARLY . . . about 5:45am in this photo):
This video was taken in the Sacramento airport on our way home, but I love how excited B is about the airplane :-)
We thought that B might have a little trouble with the two hour time change, and we were right. Our first morning in San Francisco, she was awake and ready to go at 5:45am! Since it had been a late night the night before, we weren't quite as bright-eyed as she was, but we went with it anyway. It ended up working out really well for us because we were able to get out and start sight-seeing early before the crowds became too bad.
Our first stop was Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran. We spent most of our first day there. It was extremely foggy and chilly for most of the morning, but around noon the fog cleared off and the sun came out.
The photo below is of Alcatraz. The sun had peaked through the clouds just enough to illuminate the island. It was beautiful.
Are you wondering what this next photo is trying to capture? I was too until I remembered that this was our first view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was so excited to see the bridge, but we never really got a clear view of it. The fog never cleared over the water :(
we wanted to see more of the city than our walking feet could cover. Brianna was EXCITED for the ride!
But . . . about 10 minutes after it began, she conked out. It was that time change again! (She thought brother made a nice pillow :-).
If you have never ridden "the Ducks", you should do it sometime! The best part is that they are land AND water vehicles, so we were able to ride around in the San Francisco Bay for a little while. Notice, the fog has really lifted by this time (it was about 1:00pm). I love this view of the Bay Bridge!
Brianna was FASCINATED by the water, especially when it lapped up on the shore. She did not like the sand, though. This was her first experience trying to walk in sand (with shoes on of course . . . it was chilly!)
The next morning, our first stop on the tour bus was The Golden Gate Bridge. I was so excited about this, but the fog once again got in our way :-(. Our tour guide said that this was one of the clearest views of the bridge in several days, so I should be thankful.
She woke up just in time for a family photo:
I'll post about the rest of our San Francisco visit soon! Stay tuned :-)