San Francisco’s North Beach

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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Jordan and I ended our bus tour in North Beach, the “Little Italy” of San Francisco. Between recommendations from my sister-in-law, a Lyft driver and tour bus guide we knew this was where we had to eat dinner. Jordan and I ended our bus tour with time to kill so before dinner we perused City Lights Booksellers and a few local shops.

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San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Neighborhood

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and The Palace of Fine Arts, Jordan and I spent a few hours in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood. We ate lunch at a local cafe, browsed inside a lot of quirky stores and of course bought a few records at Ameoba. It’s not an outing without a trip to a record store!

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Palace of Fine Arts

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Palace of Fine Arts

It is strange to write these California posts and see my pregnant belly now that Phoenix is 16 weeks old! I look at pictures and then look over at my son and think to myself, “It was you all along.”

Now being in the throes of newborn land, I am even more thankful Jordan and I went to California for an extended vacation. I look forward to sharing stories from our adventures with Phoenix, especially this trip since he was there too!

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Taking San Francisco by Bus

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

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The Mill in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

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After our time admiring the Painted Ladies, Jordan and I needed a coffee (i.e. bathroom) break. After performing a quick Google search, I found plenty of coffee shops the next block over. We settled on the Mill in San Francisco which is part bakery, part coffee shop and completely adorable.

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A Full House in San Francisco

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Painted Ladies San Francisco

Oh, San Francisco. I’m not completely sure what to think about you. On one hand, you are breathtakingly beautiful. From oceans to mountains to old Victorian homes, it al paints a serene picture. On the other hand, you are difficult to maneuver, expensive and your homeless population is widespread.

After visiting a large city, Jordan and I like to compare and contrast them with one another. So, while San Francisco loses points on the public transportation front, it does win in many other areas; especially with its historic landmarks. Those are worth seeing.

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A Golden Visit to Chinatown

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After spending a week in Southern California and two days driving the Pacific Coast Highway, Jordan and I rolled into the bay area. We would be spending the weekend with friends who recently moved to this part of California.

Saturday we slept-in and ate donuts from a local shop before venturing to downtown San Jose for the afternoon. It was the perfect amount of time spent out of the house without being overly exhausting.

Sunday we settled into a delicious home cooked breakfast of dutch babies (which I’ve been meaning to make ever since) and large cups of coffee before hitting the road! Our agenda for the day? The Golden Gate Bridge and Chinatown!

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Big Sur + Bixby Creek Bridge

“I descended a dusty gravel ridge, beneath the Bixby Canyon Bridge, until I eventually arrived, at the place where your soul had died.”

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If you are driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway you will pass over Bixby Creek Bridge, which is the subject of the Death Cab for Cutie song, “Bixby Canyon Bridge”. The Bixby Creek Bridge was erected in 1932 which completely baffles me. I’ll never understand how bridges like these (which are still standing!) were built-in such treacherous conditions without modern equipment.

Prior to the bridge’s completion, the residents of this area of Big Sur, California were essentially cut off during the winter. They really must have felt like they were living in their own secluded world. Even the most remote areas of the United States aren’t that remote!

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Elephant Seals and Great Views

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

Driving the Pacific Coast Highway

We left San Luis Obispo midmorning with roughly three hours of pure driving time left. I’m not sure why I went into driving the Pacific Coast Highway naively but I didn’t think we’d have opportunities to stop. I assumed we would admire the scenery from our cars! Silly me.

Our three hour drive turned more into a six hour drive!

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San Luis Obispo | Scout Coffee Co.

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Despite working as a barista for almost five years, I spent many years not liking coffee. Oh the irony! I chalk it up to lack of exposure (my parents didn’t drink it while I was growing up) and not understanding the variety of ways to drink coffee. I started out slowly with extremely sugary drinks and while I still won’t drink coffee black (cream just makes everything better) I look forward to my regular morning cup!

During our morning in SLO, Jordan needed to work for a few hours so before venturing back onto Hwy 1, we settled into Scout Coffee Co. (another recommendation from Cousin Kelly). I am not opposed to chain coffee shops (they serve an extremely important purpose while traveling. Free WiFi! Free Bathrooms!), but Jordan and I always jump at the chance to visit a local coffee shop.

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