Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wrecking Crew Reunion in San Francisco (Part 1)

Last Thursday, I made the trek across the country to San Francisco, CA to meet up with three amazing girls. If you've been around the blog for a while, you may know that when me, S, and A had a girls' weekend in Chicago back in 2007, we were nicknamed The Wrecking Crew by a few guys we hung out with one evening. You can read about it here.

This year our other friend J joined us for a fun-filled long weekend in a city that none of us actually live in - a first for our girls' weekends! We quickly initiated her as a member of the Crew.

On the way to San Fran, I saw this rainbow as we landed in Denver. I ended up seeing two more while we were there. I love seeing them, and seeing these really kind of made my day.

By the time we all got into town on Thursday, it was late. Factor in that we all went backward through a couple of time zones, it was later. Nonetheless, we hit up a piano bar down the street from our hotel to have a round and catch up a bit before crashing.

First thing Friday morning, we headed out for our tour of Alcatraz. The ferry ride over certainly gave us a view of the city.

We also caught our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge!

We were soon on the island and began our tour of the famous prison.

One thing is for sure... I would NOT want to have to shower in here. Zero privacy. Oh, and it was pretty drafty in there. Not good.

This was how one of the escape attempts was made!

I feel like this looks like a back drop, but it totally wasn't. As the sun was coming out while we were on the island, we really started to see how pretty the area is around it!

I loved how the island looked with the Golden Gate Bridge off in the distance as we drove away.

After we returned from Alcatraz, we walked down to Pier 39. Does anyone know why we found a giant macaroni noodle there? I didn't see any explanation, but it was a fun photo op! How many times do you take a picture with a noodle?

We were all craving soup in sourdough bread bowls, so we were thrilled when we found Boudin Bakery. I opted for the tomato since I'm not a fan of clam chowder... and it was AMAZING. I probably could have eaten another bowl of it.

One of the fun things about vacation is that it's totally acceptable to stop for a picture with a giant lobster.

We found the famous sea lions at Pier 39.

This fat one was my favorite!

We walked over to Fisherman's Wharf.

We also checked out Ghirardelli Square, but we opted to not stand in the long line and buy the expensive sundaes. We did take a couple of passes at the free samples!

After exploring the city all afternoon, we headed back to the hotel room to get all gussies up for an evening out on the town.

We ended up at a swanky little restaurant called First Crush. Our hotel gave us some coupons for some free flights of wine, and then we also enjoyed some yummy cocktails. I chowed down on their delicious bread and a salad.

I rounded out my meal with some lobster mac and cheese. Hey, when you're getting ready for a marathon, you've got to start getting those carbs!

After dinner, we headed to The Mint to enjoy some karaoke. Unfortunately, they never called us up... but we had a blast chatting with some locals and listening to everyone else. Ok, so we totally sang along, too!

All in all, we had a great day! We were total tourists, which is definitely one of the reasons why we travel so well together. We all love getting out there and seeing the popular destinations. The four of us haven't been together in a LONG time, so it was great to just be together and get to catch up while exploring a fun city.

Next up - Saturday sightseeing and the race expo!

3 comments: said...

Sounds like a blast!!!! I need to get to sf soon!!!!!

Jocelyn said...

Seems like so much fun!! I now wanna know why there was a giant noodle...hmmm

Tasha said...

What a fun trip! It's been a few years since I was in SF so you reminded me what a beautiful city it is! I'm glad you got to do some of the tourist stuff. I loved Alcatraz and Pier 39. The fat sea lions cracked me up. What a fun city!