Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Road Trip Part 2

I LOVE San Francisco. I love the look of the city, the colors and the steep hills and the smell of the sea. I loved the light, especially when the sun went down and it illuminated the lanterns and chintzy stores in Chinatown.

The boys loved it, too.

They picked out five dollars worth of -- well -- crap. Henry wanted a bobble head Obama, but that cost too much, and Oliver got five boxes of Chinese firecrackers and one paper dragon. He wanted one of these but he'd already spent his money.

The junk food eating continued.

We went to the requisite spots. Lombard Street:

And Ghirardelli Square, where there was more junk:

Oliver insisted on that sundae -- a Rocky Road extravaganza -- made of three scoops of ice-cream, marshmallow topping, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. He actually ate the whole thing but not before I had admonished him that he might get sick. That face is his expression of annoyance -- with my admonition and my picture-taking. Henry scarfed down a warm hot fudge brownie sundae, and I stole bites from both. I'm a bit of a pastry snob, and I had to admit that the fudge sauce was damn good.

We went to the Exploratorium, which was fantastic. The boys ran and I strolled from exhibit to exhibit, all interactive.

This is my favorite photo. It really made me think about perspective and my own tendency to lose any sense of it.

We even watched a scientist dissect a cow's eyeball.

And that wasn't nearly as creepy as the trip we took a day later to the Winchester Mystery House. Evidently, the widow of Jesse Winchester, the creator of the eponymous gun, had to placate the spirits (she was a spiritualist) who directed her to pay penance for the many deaths from Winchester guns by building onto a house 24 hours a day for 34 years. There were over 110 rooms, staircases that led to nowhere, windows and doors that opened onto nothing -- very CRAZY.

Between the prisoners on Alcatraz and the idea of spirits directing one to build, build, build, Oliver was definitely creeped out.

So that's a bit of my travelogue. I'm grateful for The Boys and, of course, The Husband, who enabled us to "get away."

Now, I'm home and


  1. You had me at "Ghirardelli."
    It looks like so much fun, so much excitement, interest, positive stimulation, sharing of fun and learning. I love this post!
    God bless you as you hit the ground running.

  2. Looks like a great trip!! You picked some awesome activities for such a fun town!

  3. I love that neon Buddha sing. And the bubble. And the huge chair. And the chocolate...

  4. You are the coolest mom ever!

  5. Your trip looked so fun! Those boys are adorable!

  6. what great pictures!! love the lanterns...the colors..

  7. Your boys are beautiful. What a fun holiday and I bet it was so amazing to just get out to breath different air.

    Love Renee xoxo

  8. OOOOH, I am soooo green with envy right now. I've been to San Fran twice and it's one of my favorite places in the U.S.! I'd love to go back. Your photos are fabulous and your children, absolutely adorable :)

    I'm glad you had a good time. Thanks for the 'virtual' vacation you shared with us :)

  9. I have come to believe in "high tech, high touch," and your online scrapbook/photo album here of your trip to San Francisco with the boys is so vibrant and fun. Beats the heck out of the memoir tools our mothers and grandmothers had to work with. (in my humble opinion!)

  10. Wow--so glad you and the boys got to do that. Nice photos, too.



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