we hiked up to grand view park one saturday, and it certainly lived up to it's name! i think this is our new go-to for taking guests, you have a total panoramic of the city & i love how tiny everything looks from up there. like a cute little puzzle made up of neighborhoods and parks.
guys, northern california is the promised land. it just is. i came to this conclusion after we spent a saturday at point reyes, which is about 90 minutes north of the city. it's insane to me that you leave the city, drive across the golden gate, and within 20 minutes you're in farm country - hills so green your eyes hurt and little cows intermittent throughout. point reyes is made up of a little picture-esque town, a vintage lighthouse that sits at the end of a rocky peninsula, and several other cliffs and bluffs and then a ton of dairy farms. the terrain is foggy and misty, with these waves dramatically crashing into sea-side cliffs. it is STUNNING.
there's also this ship wreck that is just chillin on the side of the road on the drive up there. like what is this place?! like okay. so gorgeous.
i mentioned this in my last post, but the following sunday we spent the day at the beach, grilling on our deck, and when i went to bed that night i felt exhausted from the sun. isn't that the best feeling? i couldn't remember the last time i was tired from being in the sun all day. it was true, summer bliss.
the blossoms are out in golden gate park! i have met up with girlfriends several times to wander the park and catch up (and in one case, meet lindsay's perfect new baby norah.) how i love my san francisco girl gang.
we had guests for OVER TWO WEEKS STRAIGHT. you heard that right, we spent more of the month hosting people than not. not a single day of break. holy shiz. i am glad that's over, but it was so much fun! we hosted jordan and austin first, one of my girlfriends from provo. we had never met her husband before, kind of wild card when they are sleeping in your living room! but he was SUCH a gem and when i woke up sunday to the air mattress back in the box and a thank you note, i was so bummed. we had the best weekend with them - chatting about everything under the sun, eating a giant donut from bob's (dream come true for me, not even kidding) riding a trolley, wandering around land's end and eating indian food all sitting on that tiny air mattress.
i was unable to spend any time with our next set of guests (adult life and work, boo) but then my IN LAWS CAME TO TOWN!! *trumpets sounding* they told us around christmas time they would be coming our way for spring break, and i quite literally counted the days until they arrived.
they came into town friday night & we caught up over pasta. saturday was maaaaaaybe the most perfect day i've had on earth so far. hear me out.
we woke up to clear skies and the sun shining. we met the stastny's at pier 33 to head to alcatraz, and made it with TWO minutes to spare after re-routing our uber to pick up the tickets that my MIL forgot. so we started off on a "wow that was good luck" note. alcatraz was COOLER and MORE INTERESTING than i remembered and the audio tour knocked everyone's socks off. the bay was glittering it seemed like every sailboat was on the water. (to me there is nothing prettier than all of these little white sailboats on the glistening water.) there was a GIANT line to get back on the ferry to the city, and we figured there was no way we would make it on the next boat. you can imagine our surprise when we were the LAST people let on the ferry. the luck!
we had lunch at the ferry building, rode the trolley up to nob hill, and then after wandering the cathedrals and hotels we headed home for a power nap. we took them to grand view park (they loved it) and then found FRONT FREAKING ROW PARKING at the cliff house, where our dinner reservation was. the cliff house is known for sweeping views of the water and lands end - & although usually you sacrifice good food when a restaurant boasts such a view, but the food was out of this world. the back of the restaurant is made up completely of glass and looks out over the water. we were seated right next to the glass (again, the luck!) and somehow we timed the reservation at sunset?? completely by accident. it was UNREAL.
although we were unable to top saturday's perfection, we enjoyed a few more days of brunch, biking, union square, sausailto, and LOTS of good food before they had to leave us. there was something so special about taking loved ones around this city we love so much. i felt a sense of pride for our life and this glorious place that was new to me. i love this city and showing it off is so much fun!!!