We dropped my bag off at Fleurise's place in downtown San Francisco (giving me a chance to put the green Pio Pio sauce I brought as a hostess gift in the fridge). We strolled through Muir Woods - a magical forest with redwoods north of the city that was idyllic, relaxing, and beautiful.
|This little one does not want to look at the camera.|
|Next to a large redwood. Still doesn't want to look at the camera.|
On Saturday Fleurise took me to the Farmer's Market. We saw these darling Peter Rabbit carrots!
I bought a selection of 3 cheese at the Cowgirl Creamery (a local cheesemonger) and scored two Cowgirl Creamery cheese spreaders! I also got some spicy candied orange peel. We had breakfast/lunch at one of the booths, 4505 Meats, which had these amazing breakfast sandwiches, chimichurri fries, and thirst-quenching lightly sweetened iced earl grey tea. Kesh and Fleurise's friend from fellowship, Sarah and her husband Al joined us. Afterwards, Fleurise, Kesh, and I made an ice-cream run to Bi-rite, where I got their famous salted caramel ice cream. Their flavors were pretty delicious including ginger, strawberry balsamic, and mascarpone.
Fleurise and Kesh had to go to a party so Shelli, Chris, Calder, Aunt Carolyn, and I went to Alcatraz. It was a short and refreshing ferry ride over - Calder immediately found his sea legs and I had crazy hair.
We picked up Amanda on the way. I got garlic rice with fried eggs, chicken adobo, and this sweet candied meat called tocino. We went to Walter Haas park and ate in the sunshine. It was totally fantastic. We walked around a local street fair. Shelli got a dress and matching shirts for Chris and Calder (with a dinosaur walking across the Golden Gate Bridge). We sadly said goodbye to the Dukes. After a brief stop home, Fleurise, Licel, and I went to the Maritime Museum area and walked around a small beach and to the pier.
On our return, Fleurise's mom, dad, and Momma Ida were there. We had a quick Indonesian meal and then I got whisked to SFO.
1. Seeing Shelli and Fleurise and their families
2. Getting fresh air and sunshine
3. My Cowgirl Creamery cheese spreader made it past security
4. I got 4 new stamps in my National Park Passport! (Muir Woods, Golden Gate Recreational Area, Alcatraz, San Francisco National Maritime Park)