San Francisco!

So, I went to San Francisco. Here is the blog documentation of that trip.

Most people think I went to visit one of my favorite people on the face of the entire earth, Em. Seventh grade science brought us together and I have probably ran more miles with this woman than anyone else {probably thousands ... literally. We ran in high school together as well as at USU}. Which is partially true why I went there ... But there was another reason I went that direction ... I wanted to check out this school for a masters program.

Anyone know this little school? You might be familiar with it ... Stanford? Does that ring a bell? I haven't told anyone yet, but I am looking in to their cryptozoology program.

Em and her hubby gave me a tour of campus {Hubby is getting his masters at Stanford too!}. The campus is gorgeously amazing. Here are a couple other sights of campus.

And then, as if the Stanford gods were calling to me ... I found the following statue on campus {sorry, bad picture}.

This will only make sense to some of you who have spent a lot of time with me ... But a statue that is doing my autistic hand-flapping thing! Coincidence? I think not!

The following day Em and I decided to head to the ocean in Santa Cruz. We got all spiffed up.

To try a little bit of this.

A little paddle boarding/surfing! Here we are in the harbor ... Note to anyone attempting to paddle board/surf: doing so in the harbor - easy. Doing so in the actual ocean - prepare to die.

We absolutely loved this and we would recommend it to anyone!

Next up on the itinerary {I cannot believe I know how to spell that word, I got it right on my first guess!}, Em and I did something we haven't done together since August ... We went running! In all honesty, had I just flown to Cali for that run and then flew home, it would have been worth it! I heart running with her {maybe because we've been doing it together for the last 12 years!}.

After our run we met up with her brother and his girlfriend for dinner. We ended up going to this really posh restaurant in Palo Alto. I was afraid they wouldn't let me in because I was in my normal garb of shorts and flip-flops.

When we got in I could see a back corner that was hid by some walls and alcohol and I said, "I bet they sit us there because of what I am wearing ..." And guess what, they did.

Entertainment heightened when another groups in the same casual attire as myself came in and they them in another corner! Muwahaha! I found some entertainment in shaming all the high rollers. :)

Here we are in our corner {not to be confused with working the corner}.

I now must insert a shout-out to Cedra and Brent {Em's ma and pa}. They sure did raise their off-spring {I hate that term and am using it to become less hateful of it} right! I had to beg every meal to let me pay for myself! Em and Hubby were so generous to let me stay with them and eat at their home, but insisted on paying for our meals out too! Then, when we went to dinner with Brother, he insisted on paying for me then. 

This family is just amazing in every way possible! Thanks 457*, Em!!

The following day was the Sabbath. I attended Church with Em and Hubby. Afterwards Em and I decided to see some of the sights of San Francisco.

Here we are at Lombard Street, known to be the crookedest {most winding} street in America! Here's a better view of the cars coming down.

Of course we had to check out the Golden Gate Bridge {which I keep referring to as the San Francisco Bridge. It drives one of my friends completely insane that I do that ... 10 stars to anyone who can guess who. 10 more stars to anyone who has read to this point without poking their eyeballs out!}.

It was sooooo cold on the bay! Buuut, we had matching pink hoodies! Could life be any better? I think not! :)

We also saw this quaint and friendly little place.

Which I may or may not have become a little obsessed with ... My favorite part is reading about the escapes. They Alcatraz officials claim that no one escaped successfully ... that two people drowned in their attempt - yet their bodies were never found. Hmmm ... Maybe it's just me but this actually sounds like a ... oh, a success. P.S. I am convinced I could escape if I was there. I could make that swim.

We also came across a game of BEER kickball. Now, if I was a drinking woman, I am also convinced I would play this. Every day. First of all, I love kickball. Did you know this? I do. Love it. And in this game {I took photos but don't care to put them up} you have to play the entire game while holding a glass of BEER. And when you get home, you drink the beer.

After beer kickball we also saw this.

Extremely intrigued. So we check it out.

Please tell me you can comprehend the grandeurness of it ... It's HUGE. And after all out investigating, we could only find a single plaque that said this entire Rome-duplication was made in honor of one man. What did he do to deserve this? We have no clue. How this honors him? We're not sure. But it all sure did look pretty cool {does that sentence make sense?}.

Nooow, ten golden stars to anyone who can tell me what we duplicated here.

Here's a hint, "Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paper boy, and evening TV?" 

Hahahahah ... Yes, we put out a blanket to be more legit.

Okay, I am getting bored. So this has got to go quickly. This just epitomizes San Francisco.

Then we went to a little touristy place called Coit Tower ... where you can go to the top and overlook all of San Fran with magnificent views.

Oh, did I mention the elevator was out of order and the stairs could only be use in case of emergency so we didn't actually get to go to the top? Just walk around the bottom? Yeaaaah. Oh, well. We did get another view of this quaint and friendly little place.

Hahah! Word to Alcatraz. :)

Let's move on to my last day ...

Em and I decided to do a little shopping ... at H&M. Have I told you I am in love with this store? P.S. I am in love with H&M. I am not sure shopping has ever been so fun in my entire life. I walked into the dressing room and the sales associate asked me how many articles of clothing I was going to try on. 

Eighteen. Really.

Em and I spent the next hour trying on all of the clothes and coming out and having the other approve or veto. I loved it. Em and I had never shopped together before. Loved it. Shall do it more often. At H&M.

A sign at the store said, "Today might change your life forever." And, it did. Thank you, H&M.

Afterwards we headed to Fisherman's Wharf. Saw the sights. Had lunch. This is right outside of the restaurant we ate at. It said it was a picture spot {First off, I want that job. I want to be the person who goes around and hangs up those signs so tourists know where to take their pictures. Secondly, of course it's a FANTASTIC picture spot because it has Em's and my heads in it ... and that's all ... But guess what was behind us!? ALCATRAZ!}.

I think I am the only person in the world who goes to eat lunch at Fisherman's Wharf and does not eat something ... from the sea.

My club sandwich was massssssive.

Even for a girl who can shove her entire fist into her mouth, this was sure difficult to consume.

After lunch Em had to take me to the airport. :( It was a super short trip, but so amazingly fantastic! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you, Em for everything! I had such a great time! And I will be back soon so I can attempt to swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore! ;) Em will be on hand to video it for all of my 3.7 faithful blog readers!

Also a big thanks to the other sacrifices that were made so I could go on this trip ...

That's right. Countless of little bugs' lives were taken on my drive to and from the airport. Thanks for the sacrifice, guys! P.s. Will you please remove your internal remains from my windshield?


Have you ever noticed how people say "no thanks," "thanks," and "thanks a million"? Well, what about all the numbers in between? That's why Em got a thanks 457. I think I am going to start doing this more often - be more specific in how many thanks I give to people.

To all of you who read this entire post, thanks 238.8. And feel free to claim 10 more additional stars.
The header is actually my doormat that Em's mom gave me for my wedding! :)


Allison and Josh said...

Looks like you've had a blast! I've always wanted to go to San Fran. And I know what you are recreating in the picture on the grass....Full House!! I was obsessed with that show back in the day! Do I get a gold star for that? :)

Alison said...

I love the layout, I love the Full House picture, and I love gold stars!

Geoff & Cami Brown said...

This makes me oh-so-excited for my trip to san fran!! I love the Full house pic as well. I always wanted to go there. Is that the ACTUAL house they used for the opening segment? Groovy.

Krystal said...

Now in addition to going to Cancun, I want to go to San Fran... thanks a lot! Your trips make me jealous!! (And actually, my friend has been trying to twist my arm into going there for at least 2 years now).

ok, here we go... I love stars!
* I voted for Alcatraz last week in your poll.
* I did not poke my eyes out while reading this.
* GO FULL HOUSE! (I figured that one out without the help of a hint)
* 10 extra stars for getting all the way to the bottom
* (do I get extra stars for clicking on the cryptozoology definition? That was funny! You should totally go find the truth behind the loch ness monster!)

Meg said...

That looks like a fun trip. I'd love to know more about the Rome-duplication. That intrigues me. It looks quite amazing.

20 more stars for me. I certainly did not poke my eyes out, and I read all the way to the end of the post. That brings my total to 25.

Meg said...

Forgot to claim my star for commenting: make that 26. :-)

And, a wedding gift? Is there something you've not told us?

Mike said...

That degree in cryptozoology sounds awesome.
My eyeballs are completely in tact = 10 gold stars. Full House = 10 gold stars (didn't even need the hint!) and reading the entire post = 10 gold stars. Also, I guessed that you were obsessed with Alcatraz.

Toni said...

I love full house ...and I love that you found the golden gate bridge! Jill and I were sure it didn't exist the first time we were in san fran! Good work! And Stanford was gorgeous!

Adam R. said...

Sweet update. Love it!

BreAna Palmer said...

love the new layout very summer. I need to go to san fran your pics are wonderful. So beautiful. I love full house, nice shoot. lol. What a great trip.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from Whitney's to say hi!

Amber said...

You went paddle boarding! That's awesome. Lance and I just got back from Hawaii and we saw everyone doing that there. We thought it looked like fun! San Fran is awesome! I'm glad you had fun.

Avree said...

As always, you crack me up! Good luck in your quest to be a cryptozoologist, way to shoot for the stars! I totally got the Full House things, I didn't even need the hint. I'm glad you had such a good time, I'm jealous of all the traveling you do. Someday we should go on a trip together (when all my kids are old enough to be kept alive by Matt, so probably in like 10-15 years).

emily said...

Thank you! I'm so glad you came out, I had such a fun time too!

Can't wait for you to come out and start the cryptozoology program!

Dennis and Amber Ogilvie said...

I'm Jealous! Need I say more! Looks like you had fun maybe someday we can all do it together! I really am happy for you I just miss you and my sister a lot!

Allred Mom said...

Well, since I don't have to write by braille, you know I still have my eyes. So...10 stars! Then, the "Full House" pic...20 more stars! And...I honestly read the entire post! So...that makes 30! Now, if my guess of Alcatraz is right...that gives me another bunch or should I say at least 238.9! :)

ShaeandJustin said...

Totally jealous again! Looks like you and Emily had a blast!

DeeAura said...

AUGH! I love San Fran!!! Seriously, the best spring break trip of my entire life. :) AND I think you WILL be seeing me on Friday. And by I think, I mean - you will. You shall. :) WOOHOO!!

Perry, Christi and Logan said...

Looks like you had a blast in San Fran. Sounds like alot of fun.

The life of a college girl said...

Love the post, full house all over again that is great! Bring on the gold stars! :)

jill said...

Oh how I love that city, and Stanford is a beautiful school! They also have a midnight kissing tradition.

Nicole Anderson said...

I want THAT STATUE! If I had a dollar for every time I saw you do that motion... well, let's just say my masters could easily be paid for! :) Looks like you had a blast!

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