World Travels || San Francisco 2015: Day 4

Oh goodness, it looks like my streak is broken! I actually do have an excuse for yesterday though. Lets see, where do I start. I guess, you all should know that today is prom (WhoopWhoop!) however, prom is quite stressful. I ordered my dress about a month ago, feeling that I might be pressing for time, but my dress shouldn’t have a problem finding me by the 18th. However, my dress did have a hard time finding me and a spiraling series of events lead to the fact that I did not have a dress on the day before prom. So, yesterday I had to go to Asheville and search for a dress. Let me tell you, finding a dress this close to prom is really hard, and I do not suggest that anyone do it. Anyway, after about three hours of searching everywhere I could think of, I finally found one that I am happy with. I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it until I got all dressed up today and put it on. It may not be the most fancy prom dress, but it is elegant and quite frankly, I think it looks hella good on me.

Now to the stuff you actually want to read:

On Thurday (the fourth day), we took a break from the city to go and see the more natural wonders of the San Francisco area. Our first stop was Stinson beach. If I may say something, California beaches are fantastically more beautiful than North Carolina beaches. Now, I am in no way shape or form agreeing with the saying “West Coast best coast” because I love me some North Carolina, but Cali does have gorgeous beaches. We spent about an hour at Stinson (there was no swimming because the Pacific is freezing cold). We tried to build sand drip castles (the sand was a little bit too coarse) and then ended up building a “castle” with a moat. When a wave came and filled in the moat (and in the mean time, destroyed our “castle”) we decided to call it quits and go to our next destination. On our walk back up to the dry sand, we found a few crab claws (not something you find in NC) but sadly, we were not allowed to bring them back (they smelled like rotting seafood).

After going to Stinson beach, we grabbed lunch and soaked in a little sun while we were there. Then we headed up to Muir Woods to check out the famous redwoods. Redwoods are quite fascinating trees, really. They are the tallest in the world, but they aren’t very full. Like, they are practically just giant sticks that reach the sky. But, they are beautiful.

After walking around in the woods for a while and playing “slingshot” with my cousins, we loaded back up into the car and headed back to Sausalito. We had a quiet night and then went to sleep, and counted many many sheep in my dreams.

World Travels || San Francisco 2015: Day 2

Look at that, two posts in two days! I am on a roll here! Hopefully I’ll get one day of my San Francisco vacation on here every day this week. Thats my goal at least.

The second day of my explorations of San Francisco took me to the city to go play at the Exploratorium. When I walked in, I was a bit shocked about how many kids were there. I was glad that I had my two cousins with me as an excuse to why I was there. But, regardless of how many children were there (all their parents seemed to vanish once we got through the doors) I still thought that it was really cool and had a lot of fun (I have got to come up with a better word than “fun”).

About half way through the day, my uncle called and offered to take us all out for lunch while we were in the city. We went to an oyster restaurant and because I am not really a shellfish kind of person, I went with my southern heart and ordered shrimp and grits, and I have no complaints.

After lunch, we went back to the Exploratorium and played with some really cool sciencey/math things that made me think of how amazingly the world works and how we are able to manipulate things to show a certain property of natural laws or the human brain. If I had the choice, I could have stayed there for three days and still had a good time learning about how stuff works.

Then my mother and I headed back to Sausalito and spent a relaxing night with my cousins and aunt and uncle.

World Travels || San Francisco 2015: Day 1

Well, its been a while again… My life has gone a bit off the wall lately as AP tests approach and filling Etsy orders has taken every last minute of free time that I have had. All of my teachers have started to review before the AP tests in just three weeks, which means that I am doing a heck of a lot of studying. I am really beginning to wonder how I am able to fit all this information in my brain.

Last week, I got a little break from my crazy life and went to California with my mom for spring break. Coming back makes me really appreciate my small town, but also makes me that much more excited to really start exploring the world. The California life definitely is different than my seemingly relaxed life in North Carolina, but I still loved every minute in the Golden State. Plus, I got to visit and really bond with my cousins that live in San Francisco. I thought I would share some pictures with you and make like a journal of my trip, even if it is just to remind me of everything.

So, the first day we got to San Francisco (well, we actually stayed in Sausalito) my mother and I roamed the streets of Sausalito and acted like classic tourists. We went into all of the little shops and had a lot of fun telling each other what we would buy if we had endless amounts of money (wouldn’t that be nice). After having lunch at a local burger joint with my aunt and cousins, we hopped in the car and drove around the area, running errands (silly me, I forgot my memory card and so I had to buy one) and dropping my cousins off at gymnastics and karate. I also got a quick tour of the area too, which was fun. Before we knew it, it was time for dinner and we went to my aunt and uncles beautiful house for dinner.

Since I forgot my memory card, I didn’t take any pictures that first day, so I’ll just leave you some with the hidden stairs of Sausalito.