Nervous excitement floated around us as our crew arrived in SFO jumping off what will be the #summerofalifetime. After grabbing snacks and starting to make connections we headed to the beautiful scene that lies outside our windowpanes. The Embassy Suites sits on the bay and is situated next to a lagoon perfect for runs with our staff in the morning. Day one took us across downtown on the famous cable cars to Chinatown where we started to acquaint ourselves with new people on the bus and during dinner, eating a family style meal with people who would soon begin to feel like family.
Day 2 was full of excitement and plenty of opportunities to see spectacular views of San Fran. Alcatraz was enchanting, in a scary maximum-security prison type of way, and informational. Could you imagine being locked in a cell, while staring out at the life you wish you could have right across the bay (the view was out of this world)? Or sitting in a dining hall that was labeled the most dangerous place in Alcatraz because prisoners had access to metal silverware. We were happy to know we didn’t have to be there “for life” and headed along clear waters to Fisherman’s Warf where you could have delicious clam chowder from Boudin and to Ghirardelli’s Square for all the chocolate samples we could want and specialty ice cream. What a dream – only complete with a San Francisco Giants game where we took over a section and had a ball!
After some much needed Z’s and a wake up we set out to Sausilito, which could easily compare to the Almafi Coast (but not quite 100% there). Trip members walked through and ate at Hamburger, famous for their hamburgers, and Sausilito Fish and Chips, famous for their fish and chips. Though the site seeing did not stop with hamburgers. We couldn’t come to the Golden State without seeing the bridge of golden orange which, if you did not know – is painted 365 days per year, 366 on a leap year. We hiked up and down Lombard Street twisting and turning through beds of flowers and watching cars maneuver through the maze. Last but not least we bowled through the night like professionals, especially Carson who was the top scorer with a solid 133. Life couldn’t be better as we stare out over the SF Bay, California dreamin’ about what is to come we can only imagine what Lake Tahoe has in store for us.
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