The Coldest Winter Spent was a Summer in San Fran
Trip Start Mar 20, 2010
41Trip End Aug 25, 2010
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While everyone else in the US is enjoying the splendors of summer with warm sunny days and bathing suits, the first week of our stay entailed our bracing ourselves against gale force winds and sporting wind breakers. Inland it was sunny and in the 80's, but here on the peninsula its high 50s, low 60s, grey and cloudy. We had to look at the calendar to remind ourselves it is summer. Thankfully by the end of the first week the sun came out and stayed, making the rest of our time in San Francisco much better.
We arrived two days earlier than expected given the US Open Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach made it impossible for us to get a room in the Carmel/Monterey area..but that ended up working out well because Rene and Zinia were in town and it gave us a chance to meet up with them once again
For the first two nights we stayed at the Hilton on O'Farrell Street, but on Sunday we checked into the apartment we rented in Pacific Heights on Scott Street between Broadway and Vallejo. Before reaching the apartment though, we went to the North Beach Festival (56th Annual) that was going on all weekend....typical festival, great food, arts, crafts, etc..and a huge beer garden with live music.
During our two week stay in San Francisco we spent time as locals, hanging out in our neighborhood Pacific Heights / Cow Hollow / Marina, as well as exploring the surrounding suburban areas and villages outside the city
We went to the AT&T Baseball field twice. The first time was for a Saturday afternoon game where we watched SF Giants get crushed by the Boston Red Sox. We were amazed by the number of Red Sox fans that are in SF, they are everywhere and proudly wearing Red Sox gear. .and Brian was proudly wearing his NY Yankee sweatshirt. We made it home alive, only a few nasty shout outs to Brian from Red Sox fans ("you are at the wrong game buddy!"). The second time was with Christina's friend from DB, Chris Pocino and his wife Jenn. The highlight of this game was the 90 year ball boy that could barely stand up let alone run and catch a run-a-way ball. SF Giants lost again..got crushed by the Dodgers. This is a great stadium on the water.
As mentioned, while in San Francisco we spent time both in the city and the various suburban villages. One day we rode our bikes over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and Tiburon, and then took the Tiburon ferry back into the City
In addition to the Dodger / Giant game we got a chance to spend more time with Chris and Jenn, we had a great dinner one night on Fillmore Street, and one afternoon Chris took us to the Mission where we inhaled the best tacos of our lives at La Taquera..a must go for anyone that come to this city.
We were also lucky that Christina's friend from home, Pete Nelson, came into town for work, so we met up with him also for an awesome dinner at the Fish and Farm - won best burger, possibly in 2009.
San Francisco is a great city with different pockets each containing their own personalities - Cow Hollow, North Beach, Downtown, Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Tenderloin, SOMA, ..the city is quite small actually, but this gives it that more manageable feel, where keeping a car is actually easy
June 18 - July 4
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