San Francisco, part two

February 20, 2008 at 11:26 pm 2 comments

As it turns out, church, the zoo, AND fisherman’s wharf did not prove to be too ambitious for the Davis-Ross clan and their Minnesotan visitors. Yay!

First, church: St. Joseph’s Parish is a very old and very beautiful and the priest gave a pretty good homily. Peter was an angel in church – he was so quiet, and he managed to keep himself entertained through the entire mass.

Jason shows Peter the monkeys.

Second, zoo: The San Francisco zoo was pretty darn cool. They had all of the big animals that are crucial to receive my stamp of approval – giraffes, apes, bears, tigers. The only thing we missed was the elephants… and most of the big cats were in hiding (after the December tiger attack, they haven’t been available for viewing, but will be back out tomorrow). Anyways, we had a great time! Peter was so attentive and his uncle J was excited to tell him all about animals. I think Jason wished that there would have been a bigger snake/frog exhibit so that he could have really showed off his skills to Peter, but I’m sure he’ll have plenty of time to impress the little guy as he grows up.

Kevin and Peter check out the giraffes (they were my favorite).

Third, fisherman’s wharf: After the zoo, we drove straight to the wharf to spy on the sea lions at Pier 39, and check out Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from across the bay. Fisherman’s wharf is pretty cool to walk around, but a bit touristy. And, it was starting to get a bit late, so we decided to head out of the city. We stopped at another brew pub for dinner, but I suspect this one may have been a chain. At least Jason was happy.

Jason and I on Pier 39 (check out the sea lions in the background).

Monday, we rented a car and headed up to Healdsburg to meet my friend, Mandy, for lunch. We had a delicious lunch in wine country, followed by a stop at the Bear Republic Brewery (what can we say… Jason has a brew pub obsession). Next, we headed to Ukiah for another brew pub experience and more chatting with Mandy. Once Jason was satisfied that he had been to enough brew pubs for the day, we headed to Saracina – the ranch where Mandy works and lives. It was probably the most relaxing part of the trip – check out the pics – how could we not be relaxed with all of that beautiful scenery around us? And, the guest house was incredible – like something out of a magazine. Mandy made us a delicious dinner, and we drank a few glasses of wine, and I proceeded to fall asleep on the couch.

Jen and Mandy at Saracina: 2east 4eva.

Tuesday, we drove back to San Francisco (of course, we stopped at a brew pub for lunch on the way). Our flight out was a bit delayed, but we made it home. It was a -70 degree change in weather for us – 60s in San Fran followed by -10s in Minneapolis. Brr.

J and I in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
More pictures are here:

San Francisco 2-2008

Or, view Amy and Kevin’s photos here.


Entry filed under: Family, Travel.

San Francisco, part one you thought you’d never have to hear about it again.

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie  |  February 21, 2008 at 7:54 am

    It looks like you had a great time; I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to talk to you and hear all about your trip.

    It seems as if Jason and Peter found their pointer fingers as well.
    It looks like a mutual admiration society between Godparents and baby!

  • 2. mom  |  February 22, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Nice pics…..btw, did you tell Jason I cut hair for free?

    Looks like a fabulous place Mandy is working at; it seems like a great job and who can beat working it that kind of office!?!


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