Saturday, June 15, 2013

California Coast Roadtrip: second leg (Sanfrancisco and San Jose)

After leaving Gordon's we decided to make a day trip up to Sanfrancisco. There are a few places that always figure prominently into my bedtime train trip stories for Noah, and Sanfran is one of them. The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train is something that he'd been looking forward to riding for a very long time. As we road in the car the morning of our trip, I started to sing the old hippie song "If you're going to San-fran-cisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair..."

You should have seen the grin on Noah's face. At that moment, that song was his favorite ever, I'm pretty sure.

We started the day with a ride on the BART (which, of course, I did not get a photo of...). Every time it stopped at a station, Wes would sign and say "more, more?" Good thing we parked the car all the way out at Millbrae so we had plenty of time on the train.

We got off and immediately got in a long line to ride the cable car. When we finally got on we felt pretty silly when the next stop came, maybe a half a block up the road, and people just jumped on with no wait. Oh well, we were tourists.

Next, Fisherman's wharf (although we skipped pier 39). We walked along past an old WWII submarine parked along the wharf. Noah was so intrigued by it, asking his usual million questions. When we saw people walk inside, he pleaded with us to let him see the inside. We went inside. It was really cool! All the little rooms with fold-down bunks everywhere, little kitchens, torpedo rooms (which Noah calls "torquedos", and lots of interesting looking controls. I can't imagine living on one of those under the ocean though!

After all that submarine and wharf exploration, it was time for a well-deserved stop at the Ghirardelli's Chocolate Factory for some big chocolate ice cream cones.

well, the boys got ice cream cones, I got an iced Mocha ;-)

Last, we road the bus around past the Golden Gate bridge and over to Golden Gate park for a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. It has always been one of my favorite places, and also something that has been described in many of my bedtime stories. When we went inside, I could tell my descriptions had made and impression, because Noah seemed right at home, and in love with the place. We wandered around the ponds and pretty pagodas and had a nice quiet tea with cookies and miso soup (one of Noah's favorite's) while Wes slept in the ergo.

I though Noah's fortune seemed pretty good, since Nana and Papo are on a trip in London and on the way to Turkey for Three weeks - I imagine he'll get a postcard or two.

Chris and Wes reflected in the water as they admired this giant fish

Make Wishes
After the tea Garden we hopped back on the bus and headed back to the BART station. We sat in the station for 10 minutes or so waiting for the right train, and watching the other trains race through. Quite the opposite from the trip in, this time Wes cried when we got on the train, saying "no like it train". Guess you just never know.

We were sorry to miss seeing the SF Milkmaid and her boys while we were there. Next time we need better planning, and lots more time!

After we left the city we headed to to San Jose to visit Barbara and Gary. An unexpected surprise for the boys was that Aunt Barbara had a great big box of wooden trains waiting for them! They sure loved being there. It was hard to drag them away in the morning, and so cute when Wes rushed over to give Barbara a big hug. Before we left, Uncle Steve came over and took us all out for a really delicious breakfast. It was so much fun to see everyone! Thanks Barbara and Gary for letting us come visit! I wish I had taken a picture.

1 comment:

Mama LLama said...

Oh sigh. You were sooo close. Next time!