Monday, August 4, 2008

The City by the Bay. I miss it already.


I wish I could explain to you just how much freakin' fun our trip to San Francisco was. The weather was perfect, our Hotel was lovely, our flight was easy...it was really just perfect. It was a great escape from regular life, and I don't think either one of us thought of cancer once. A much needed break! We tried to squeeze as much action as we could into our short little trip. We did the wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, Haight/Ashbury, North Beach, China town, Little Italy, Lombard Street, the Aquarium, and yes, we rode the trolleys. Now forgive me for the many pictures to follow. I want to document the trip so next time I want to go, I can remind Travis of how much fun we had...

And forgive me for all the really ugly pics of us. We used the old stick you arm out in front of you to take most of these, and that method never really works to well. ;0

Here we are in Union Square. It was just a few blocks from our awesome Hotel. My mouth was watering at all the amazing stores there. They have everything from Chanel (where you can window shop only) to H&M (where I spent some b-day money.) I was missing my mom and sisters.... some day we must take a shopping trip there.

Our first Trolley trip was to China town. I thought I would love a trolley ride, turns out it's just really crowded and really annoying. But it was an easy way to get around. Notice I'm wearing a jacket? The weather was sooo much cooler than the dry 100 degree crap we have around here. I welcomed it!This is right on Grant Street in China town. I loved the fire escapes with the painting and the little Chinese woman hanging her laundry out to dry. After browsing through China town we walked through North Beach and found the best restaurant ever in Little Italy. I don't think I've ever seen Travis quite so full. He couldn't stop eating the hand made pasta. Can you tell we are full? And let's not talk about what a terrible picture of me that is....
I was all excited to pass by the famed City Lights Bookstore. It was full of book lovers and plenty of people were outside taking pics. This was one of my favorite things we did on the trip. Sat on a bench and watched the sun set over the bridge. It was beautiful, and totally peaceful.

Giaradelli Square. I thought this place was actually pretty lame, but the ice-cream was delicious.


















Alcatraz.















The Aquarium. We had a great time here. The under water tunnels were awesome. We saw all sorts of fish, and they had a tunnel full of sharks.















Golden Gate Park. It was beautiful here, but huge. It would have taken us all day to walk through everything. We saw the carousal, the Japanese Tea Gardens, and the flower conservatory. All was beautiful. We exited the park On Haight Street, and saw all the hippies trying to relive 69'. Young and old. It was a bit pathetic if you ask me.... Below is me at the corner of Haight/Ashbury. Don't I look like such a hippie. Peace people!







Here we are on the only really nice Trolley ride we went on. We had nice seats and it was really pretty seeing the lights from the high streets.



















Lombard Street. The crooked Street. We almost didn't stop here, but we were so glad we did. The Hydrangeas planted at the sides of the street were amazing, as were the houses right on the street. Beautiful.

The carousel of Pier 39. They have amazing carousels all through the city. Don't worry, I will only show you this one picture...I really am trying to limit myself, but I just can't.





Dr. Pepper. Did you know that in San Francisco it is hard to find! Poor Travis was more than happy when we found a 7-11 and he got that first pruny swig.





The Sea Lions at the end of the pier. They are loud and put on quite a show!











The View from Yerba Beuna Gardens. What a beautiful City! This is right after I got my hands on Breaking Dawn. (And yes I'm finished-let's discuss!)





Just chillin' in the city.





The girls in their new dresses we bought for them in China Town. Cuties huh! Thanks again mom for keeping them safe while we were gone! She's amazing!

Here are just a few more. The architecture in the city is amazing, the houses are beautiful, the hilly streets are amazing, with beautiful views of the bay. I hope one day we will go back because we both really loved this city!

24 comments:

mortonfam said...

Well that looks like a pile of fun. I am all too jealous. Try not to be jealous of our romantic vacation. Try. Try hard.

Kristen said...

I'm LOVING all of your pictures. I know you said that you looked bad...I totally DISAGREE! You look good in all of them. The Dr. Pepper issue...who would think? I love the pic of Lombard Street. So Cool. Thanks for sharing your vacation picture's.

laci said...

JEALOUS!! So glad you two had a nice little escape! I've never been to San Fran...so you obviously recommend it? You look so stylish and cute as well, I love your purse! And as for Breaking Dawn....oh my goodness! Did you ever see that coming? Crazy!!!! But I loved it all the same.

Letti said...

I am so jealous. I would love to take a trip like that with my dh when he gets back. I love your photo montage on the bottom of your post it looks really cool with all of the cool things you saw.

Tana and Mike Draper said...

San Fran is a really really fun place to visit. I used to live about 1 hour away from it. I love all your pics, it almost looks like you were on a little honeymoon. Good for you! and the girls look so so cute in their little dresses!

Brittney said...

Okay, let's just get over the fact I'm a dirtball. Just so you know, I was thinking of you on your birthday- your cute little name is on my calendar! So glad you got away! Looks like it was so much fun. You deserve it. You little hottie, you! I just can't keep up with you Johnson women. Always so sad we are so far away. I love to read your updates even though I'm horrible at responding. Just now I'm checking in on you and love to read your stories and miss you.

Jared Heather and Taegen Pete Johnstun said...

I am so jealous of you guys, I have never been there but now I'm really wanting to go. I am so glad you have so much fun... you totally deserve it! I also agree with Kristen, you look great in all the pictures! Oh, btw, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Eileen said...

Love ALL the pics. Especially the ones with the sun glare! You two sure deserved the "getaway." I'm glad you had so much fun.

Maegan said...

Completely jealous! A getaway with just Kenny and I would be so nice right now.

Morrell's said...

Wow that really did look like such a lovely trip! I am glad you had the chance to get away! I think that Chase and I just added San Fransico to our must see some day list! I'm glad you had so many pics I enjoyed them! Can't wait to hear more at Bunco!

The Wolfley Family said...

You know how jealous I am! You look so pretty and I really am mad I missed so much shopping! You guys deserve it, though!

Haueter Photography said...

How fun! I have always wanted to go there. I bet it was a very nice getaway and very much deserved. Your girls look adorable in their little dresses.

Quinn and Melanie said...

Happy belated Birthday!! It sounds like you got enough gifts so I don't really feel to bad that I missed it...Just kidding (kind of).
Sounds like you had a much deserved break. Good for you!! Now back to reality...that is worst part of vactions.

Bre said...

SO SO much fun! Very jealous! I do love San Francisco, I have not been there since I was like a freshman in highschool. I would love to go back. Im glad you guys had fun, you both deserved every bit:)

Tara said...

Looks like your vacation was awesome! Glad you guys had a good time you deserve it.

Tara said...

Looks like your vacation was awesome! Glad you guys had a good time you deserve it.

Trisha said...

I too love San Fran. It looks like you got to see lots of really cool things. Both you and Travis deserved this!

Melissa said...

I love San Fransisco, those pictures make me want to go back, and I am really jelous the weather was cool enough for a light jacket. We never did go to Lombard street, I really wanted to but we ran out of time. Did the smell of China town want to make you hurl? I think for sure San Fran has got some of the best food around! Glad you guys had fun, you deserved a trip!

Amy Johnson said...

I'm glad you guys got to have a fun get away! We missed you! We really need to have a game night soon!

Amber Culp said...

Yeah, I am so glad you had a fun romantic getaway. Love all the pics! Frisco is one of my favorite places, I love the girls dresses.
Ps. happy late b.day.

Mommamort said...

Sounds like a truly fantastic vacation. I am so glad that you were able to go and enjoy being together as just a couple. It is great!

Natelli Johnston said...

cute pictures, glad you guys could get away for a bit. SO what did you think of Breaking Dawn?

Hanne and Fam said...

That looked like it was such a fun trip! I'm jealous! Maybe someday Dirk and I will get to do that.

Jan said...

Stop with the you think your photos are ugly! You look great!! What an awesome getaway. SOOO fun! Nice that you two could get some alone time.