While in Oakland, I spent a majority of my days off in San Francisco because between the food, kayaking, the piers, and the views- I just could not get enough. San Fran is a vibrant and thriving city!
On days where it was too cold and gloomy in Oakland, we were just a quick BART ride to the Bay and the opportunities were limitless. So naturally when my best friends came from Texas, David and I knew exactly what to do!
Anyone else out there obsessed with the cable cars? Maybe it was some subliminal message from watching too much Full House as a child but my best friend and I were DYING to get on these! The excitement was comparable to the night before going to Disney World. The giddiness was real.
We stood in line for a about half an hour at the popular turnaround at Powell and Hyde- which is totally worth the wait. Our driver was hilarious and viewing the city from an open trolley was a whole new experience in itself.
The architecture and unique steep inclines of the roads are best experienced by cable car in my opinion.
They go through some of the area’s biggest tourist spots such as Lombardi Street and Chinatown. I don’t do particularly well in crowds so seeing these locations while cruising by was definitely my favorite way to see it.
After riding the cable cars and walking up hills, we worked up quite the appetite and I was on the HUNT for the “California Burrito” supposedly stuffed with avocado and French fries. After researching several apps and websites, we found one at Taqueria Los Coyotes. Mmmm. That is all I have to say.
Another box that still needed to be checked off the list was to take pictures on the swing at Kirby Cove. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge were breathtaking from the Kirby trailhead. I kept reminding myself to turn around and take in all the glory.
We hiked about 2 miles to get down to the beach. We searched high and low, only to find out that the tree…
Pro tips: wear comfortable shoes, bring water (but not too much because there are no bathrooms) and snacks. Also make sure the swing is fixed before you get there because apparently it happens every few months.
Preparing for hikes is a personal weakness of mine. More often than not, I leave the house without food or water…oops.
Although we were slightly disappointed we could not swing from a tree alongside such a beautiful bridge, we could not be mad for long because there we were.
On a beach by the Golden Gate with clear skies.
Most days the bridge is completely blocked by Karl, the San Fran Fog. So we just sat on the beach for a while to soak it all in. This was a huge reminder to me that although things may not go as planned, there is ALWAYS something to be happy about.
I have learned over the years that your outlook directly affects your happiness and I try to be mindful of that on a daily basis.
On the next day, we took the BART to the Embarcadero so that we could explore the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf.
There aren’t many veg options in the Fisherman’s Wharf, but there is one option that I could never pass up and that is Biscoff. God gave us man and man gave us Biscoff!
This was a total, “do it for the gram” moment but honestly how happy does my best friend look holding these delectable goods?
We couldn’t have a trip to San Francisco without visiting the Painted Ladies!
To be completely honest, I thought one of these homes was THE Full House…house but it’s actually located a few streets down. True story.
Needless to say, I love San Francisco and I love experiencing it with my favorite people.
I live for the simple things in life like when my cheeks spasm from overexertion, when we get lost in unfamiliar places, enduring awkward uber rides or meaningful conversations. I am so thankful everyday that I am lucky enough to not only do what I love for work as a pediatric nurse but I get to travel to new places on my days off and share these experiences.