Wednesday, February 1, 2017


San Francisco Post

Driving the West Coast

We are not like  amazing travelers. Oh my word no, I am just laughing at myself that I'm even going to post these things.

I tried to pack light and left Nate talk me out of taking my camera battery charger. I have 2 batteries and they do last really long. Um.... this was not good. We totally had to buy another charger which was not a big deal but could have been so avoided.

Very comfortable. I'm sure I took more pictures because I was wearing my camera at all times. It was a pain if I wanted to take my jacket off. It won't fall off your shoulder. 

I was desperate to not carry my camera bag around with me. Nate get's tired of hauling it for me, my back can't handle it for days on end. It is just kind of clumsy. They all are. I was really close to buying a backpack version but went a different route. I got a harness type of thing for the camera so that I could just wear it all the time. and I had Nate carry a regular backpack that we had.  I had all that I would normally carry in my purse, the extra lens, a battery for the cell phones, etc. He still got tired of the small backpack but that was ok I could easily carry it. I might spring for a nice one sometime.

I mentioned the Yelp app. I had never used it much before. The reviews are very helpful. Unless it's black bean noodles we are talking about.


Capital One Venture Card for air miles
We were able to use our points to pay for the plane tickets, the car rentals, and the hotels. Along with city transit and some other small things, as long as we initially paid for it with the city venture card. We still spent money on food and recreational stuff but it was so helpful. This card does have a yearly fee so you have to decide if that is worth it to you. We also used these points to pay for our Airbnb last year when we did a family vacation.

The map on our iphones worked great with the walk or transit option.

We also used Uber onetime. I wish I would have known that your first ride is free. Make sure you apply that coupon code before you call for your first Uber.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The West Coast

It rained on two of our days spent on the coast. 
Pull off, snap a picture, hop back in car. 

 Driving through Santa Cruz
I will now dream of coming back to this spot on a hot summer day.

 Continuing on
We did see just gorgeous scenery
Highway 1

They gave us a Volvo
Nate wasn't a big fan. 

 We had to turn around after Big Sur due to mudslides closing the road. Lots of back tracking. 

 We pressed on to Los Angeles, arriving after dark.
We stopped at a scary restaurant. Huge place with 3 employees and 2 or three customers. I should probably let a Yelp review.

 We were so surprised to have a gorgeous day. No rain, only sunshine!
I couldn't get over it.

 Skyspace. It had a glass sliding board on the outside of the building that I was too scared to try and Nate decided that was a good call since it was so short. 

 We did enjoy the view

 The Sqirl
I was here for the french toast and looking over the menu I saw right away that Nate was going to be in trouble again. I recommended to him the french toast or whole grain pancakes which looked amazing. No, he went for the chicken salad even though the only recognizable thing on that description was chicken.
I had a bite and it was so good. I was actually just dreaming of this salad this morning. Sitting in the sunshine was dreamy. I had a perfect latte and he a grapefruit juice.

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 I went to the most adorable tiny shop filled with things that I just loved. Shout and About
I could not stop looking. There were the most precious letter pressed cards for $5 a pop. Notebooks, plants, candles, cute little baby stuff that I would not even allow myself to look at. Ah I was so smitten. Nate stayed in the Volvo. This works well for us. I found this shop by stalking someone's Instagram. There are so many resources!

 Santa Monica

 I got a little paranoid that I might forget to "touch the Pacific Ocean" Nate wasn't concerned as he had gotten splashed at the Golden Gate Bridge. So I was on Nate's case to not let me forget.

I took this picture because Nate said, "Picture an old man on a park bench" when we walked past.

 I didn't even have the kids along, not sure what I was thinking here but... forgot to watch the waves.

There was a walk of shame back to the Volvo.

 We hit the road again, San Diego was calling.

This is where I didn't take many pictures. We got to our motel. Walked to an awesome Mexican joint.  La Puerta. I'm so glad that we did well here as we were hoping to walk into Mexico at some point but with the rain that never happened.
 We were in the gas-lamp district. So there were lots of shops around. Stopped for ice cream. 
The next morning was the Inauguration so we watched a lot of that and it rained all day. Like they were calling for possible tornadoes. 

The Donut Bar has rave reviews but we were not impressed. 
Again this might be because we are from Amish Country.

We did public transit here. Went to Italian Village and got pizza. Nothing to write home about. We really did not do San Diego justice at all. We flew out early the next morning with happy memories.
It was nice to be away long enough to actually be ready to get back home.