We got back last night from 5-days in the San Francisco Bay Area and no matter how many times I visit I love it more and more each time.
This year was even more special because we were not only visiting our best friends who live out there but are other besties from Ohio met us out there too!
I took hundreds of pictures and our trip was jam packed with activities and fun ranging from the America's Cup Sailing Finals to Napa/Sonoma and the Cal vs. Ohio State game.
Today's post highlights our first day in the city.
We flew and and somehow managed to get on an earlier direct flight that got us in 2-hours early and we got a voucher.
Since we landed around 10am I talked Brad into renting bikes and riding the 8-miles from Fisherman's Wharf over the Golden Gate and into Marin County.
I knew it would be a great vantage point to see all the America's Cup boating and it was!!
Check out the US boat sponsored by Oracle.
Brad wasn't as excited about the bike ride as I was but he was a good sport.
We rode along Crissy Field and up to the bridge.
This was the part that Brad wasn't so thrilled with.
We had to walk our bike up 2 steep areas.
This picture really tells it all!
But the mood improved once mid-way on the bridge.
Gorgeous views from up there!
Believe it or not this was my very first time making this bike trip.
Once over the bridge we made our way into Sausalito where we grabbed a quick lunch then hopped on the ferry back.
Marin County is such a beautiful area.
If we could all own a mansion overlooking the water there.
Like one of these.
The ferry dropped us off in the middle of the America's Cup action.
They have literally turned the waterfront in SF into an Olympic Village of sorts!
After an 8-mile bike ride we felt we deserved a beer or two so we stopped by the one of many biergarten's in the Village.
After all that we headed back to our friend's gorgeous home in the Marina area and walking distance of the Cup action.
If you've been reading this blog for long you might recall Beth and her husband are some of our best friends.
This was our first time to meet their 2 and 1/2 year old daughter Dylan.
Cute as can be!
Giving we had gotten up at 4:15am Eastern time to travel to the West Coast you would have thought we would have went to bed but instead we rallied and Beth and DJ were so kind to get us tickets to the Giants game!!
Needless to say we didn't make it until the end.
We were exhausted!!
We got home at 11pm Pacific time, which was almost 24-hours after we woke up on the East Coast!!
Tomorrow our trek to Napa and Sonoma to meet up with our Ohio friends!
Things are just getting started so prepare to saddle up!