We woke up on Sunday morning and headed out to explore Frisco. Josh and I have visited San Francisco twice in the past and we didn’t’ really get to do anything either time. The first time was on our honeymoon and it was SO foggy you couldn’t see ten feet in front of your face. The second time was when Lia was a baby and we came out to shoot Josh’s cousin’s wedding. We were so busy while we were there, we didn’t have time to do any sightseeing.
We knew we only had half a day in Frisco, so we figured we’d have just enough time to do one or two things. We loaded into the car and headed straight for Golden Gate Park. Pretty much any tourist photo you’ve ever seen with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background was taken on that hill.
We drove up, parked, and started walking up the trail. It was a chilly morning, but the higher we got up the hill, the colder and windier it got. Everybody was crying by the time we made it to the top, but we made it. I think Josh was a little disappointed that we didn’t get a happy family photo at the top, but that’s the way it goes. Maybe next time!
After that minor disaster, we met up with Josh’s cousin Adam at the restaurant he works at, Woodhouse Fish Company. It’s a cute little seafood restaurant right on Market Street. Josh ate fish and chips and I had the crab cakes, which were super tasty! I love seafood, so I was secretly thrilled when Adam wanted to take us there. The kids were pretty antsy during lunch, as they usually are at restaurants.
After we finished eating, we decided to hop on the cable car and take it to Dolores Park. Right in the heart of Frisco, there’s an awesome new-ish park with a HUGE playground. We hung out there for a good hour while the kids ran happily, climbing, sliding, swinging, and just being wild and crazy. They absolutely loved it!
Once the kids were slightly worn out, we took the cable car back to where we parked our car and headed out of town. We decided to drive Highway 1 (PCH) down to Pacific Grove. We stopped off at a few scenic turnouts, but we mostly just drove and enjoyed the view from the car. PCH follows the coast for the most part, but up north it’s not right along the beach, but instead up on cliffs.
We made it in town in the early evening and then Josh had a family portrait session. I took the kids and we wandered the beach at Lover’s Point. They were SO excited to “go swimming” in the ocean. I tried to remind them that the water is cold in California. Add to that the fact that it was only 58 degrees outside. They didn’t care though and spent half an hour splashing in the waves and chasing seagulls. We even saw a harbor seal swim up near the shore.
When we finished playing, the kids and I swung by Chipotle to get quesadillas. The whole way there, Lia was yelling, “Chipotle! Chipotle! I love Chipotle!” It was pretty awesome really. We spent the rest of the evening hanging out with our friends.
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  • Ahh, San Francisco….
    it’s usually its coldest in the Summer – I feel bad for tourists every time I pass through – they have no idea what is in store for them. October and November are your best bets for nice weather.
    I just had a photo session there last week and it was so windy and foggy and wet that I had to use my wipers. But just 5 miles north it was sunny and 80. Crazy!

  • and so much like life! little pain.. lotta love.. and fun. 🙂 i adore that you got to PG! my home town.. born and raised. of course it was sleepy – hippie-ville when i was little, but no matter what changes, it’s still ‘home’ — god speed to the rest of your journey. xoxo

  • I think it is hilarious that everybody was crying when you got to the top. Maybe that is a terrible thing to say, but it is only because I know we would have the same experience. But now think of the memories! And they can tell their kids about how you tortured them making them walk up that hill. Well, Ava’s photo is cute. Max looks pissed. Haha! And did Max start listening after you made me write that? 🙂

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