Tuesday, December 30, 2008

San Francisco Christmas

I just returned from San Fran.

The last few years, my family and I have met up in various locations-- anything other than home-- just to get out of Dodge (a.k.a. Dallas) for Christmas and the days that surround it. This year we chose San Francisco. We went a couple of times as a family back when I was around 7 years old. I can remember our visit to Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, The Hearst Castle, Salsalito, Carmel, The Crookedest Road, The Golden Gate, and the Muir Woods. We stayed at the Hyatt and I remember just thinking "What a GRAND hotel!" I LOVED our trips to San Fran. We all did. And we thought maybe we could recreate some of that magic.

This time around, we stayed in a family's house (while they were out of town). The house was a three level, cozy home built in the early 1900's. It was just a couple of miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Fermin and I got to stay in the little girl's room on the top level that had a beautiful view.

The weather forecast had predicted rain and clouds for nearly our entire trip, but instead, we had sunshine all days but ONE!

We didn't get out and see nearly as much as we did back in the day when my dad was much more drill sergeant-like. Instead of getting out and seeing all the sites of S.F., we did a lot of lounging around the house. We ate a few meals out, had a few in, went to a couple of movies (there are so many great ones out right now!) and went on some walks. We DID make it to the Muir Woods and Salsalito, we walked across the Golden Gate, and we made it out to Fisherman's Wharf.

Sounds like a pretty good Christmas, I'd say! But we could've been anywhere, really. The city of San Francisco didn't get to play much of a role in our Christmas vacation. But somehow, going to a different city for Christmas is what we still need to do. We miss Mom. We don't want to attempt a Christmas at home without her just yet.


Anonymous said...

california is a great spot anytime!

Anonymous said...

Wow.......you're right. I had to do a doubletake. You look like a young Joan hicks!!!!!!! :) I had a great time on the trip. Thanx for writing about it.......Fleetwood

Valerie said...

I LOVE San Francisco. I've only been once, but if I could afford to live there, I'd move in a heart beat. I'm glad you had a nice time.

kerri said...

thanks, Val!
Yes, many leave their heart's in SF!