San Fran San Jose

Trip Start Jul 06, 2013
Trip End Aug 06, 2013

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

We woke up Sunday EARLY and zipped down to the cable car turn around (they literally push each car around) to get on at the end of the line so we could ride as far as we could on our $6 one-way journey. The cable car only goes one way to another part of town. The kids rode on the running board but were not allowed to dangle out over the street! We had hoped to ride back via the trolley again, but time had passed and when we got to the end of the line, the amount of people waiting to get on would have easily meant waiting for over an hour just to ride back! Not a deal nor did we have the time. For the crowd-averse Tullys, we chose instead to stroll a short way and then ride another streetcar back to our area. While waiting for the streetcar to come, the kids each put a penny on the track to be squished by the streetcar! It came, squished the pennies, we grabbed them and ran to jump on!

We were in the financial district, which was filled with huge buildings and big-name stores--this part of SF felt a bit like New York, whereas the other parts of SF seemed unique. Also one of the charming elements of San Francisco is that the city is so hilly that you can see more than just the tall buildings from afar; you can see the homes on each of the hills, the streets, and all of the cool layers even from far away. It was an especially nice view from Alcatraz.

Once back to our room we packed up and headed south toward San José. Do you know the way to San José? We did, but first we drove by some of Ken’s family’s homes and Ken’s old school. First we went to Foster City, then we went to Saratoga, where we drove past their old house and then Blue Hills Elementary school, and the kids got out and stretched their legs a bit by playing on the same playground area their dad did many years ago. Ken went to third grade there.

Next we went into San José, where we swam, swam and swam! The weather was back to what you would expect in California--sunny and delightful; around 85-90. Ah! Warmth! So even though the pool was tiny, no matter! We all swam and enjoyed the tiny pool. Diving for pennies! Fun times!

Then for dinner, the hotel recommended Johnny Garlic’s a Guy Fieri restaurant. I know who he is but we don’t really watch any of his shows--no matter! I knew food would be delicious. It WAS, and Ken even tried something called “Chicken Volcano” with a sauce! Cray-cray! Delicious.
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Awesome pictures and write-ups!! Everyone looks like they are having fun!!

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