Happy Sunday! I am so super tired right now, but I wanted to show you some pics of all our adventures this past weekend. Thanks for sweet wishes on my last post and I can officially say I did not get lost - lucky me! It was a bit tricky finding the BART, but once I was on it, it was easy to find the street that I was going to since I got on the only BART leading to that destination. The only problem was I went up to the wrong street when I got off so Big Kiddo had to come find me. Then there were some random guys asking me if I needed help. I politely said "NO thank you," and tried to not look like a tourist from Utah. Ha ha, had to throw that in since I am originally from Utah....
Sailing in San Francisco was beautiful. It was everything I expected and more. It was so relaxing and mesmerizing to be out on the water for so long. We were out on the water for about 6 hours and it seemed to go by so quickly! We did pull in for one pit stop to get out and stretch at Angel Island, but besides that we were sailing away!
Later in the afternoon it was very coooold. You can probably tell from the look on Big Kiddo's face. Or the lack of expression a couple of photos below. He he. I think it took me a couple of hours afterward to warm up in the car! Brr! It was totally worth it though!
At first there were no winds, so we weren't really sailing. We were just "puttering around," as my Big Kiddo explained it. Ha ha. But then all of a sudden, we hit this huge pocket of wind by the Golden Gate Bridge, and we took off. I had no idea that the boat goes to the side when you are sailing, so at first it scared me. When I was explained that it was perfectly normal, I relaxed and enjoyed the experience of sailing.
The sites were gorgeous - we were by Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the infamous Alcatraz Island, where there was a federal penitentiary, which used to be off-limits to the public. It reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo.
Despite relaxing and having fun on the water, I found out that sailing is not all fun and games. You really have to listen to directions and know how to steer. I have a lot to learn but at least my Big Kiddo was very patient with me. Since I am not that great with directions to begin with, I really had to try hard to listen and then apply and remember what he said. At one point I almost crashed our boat when we were pulling in the dock because I got so scattered. Yikes! Glad we weren't going that fast and I dashed to the side to push our boat away from another boat to prevent any dents. That would not have been good, so I'm glad we made it back alright. I think I could seriously get into sailing and am thinking about taking some lessons so I can get up to speed. Literally. Ha ha.
On Friday night we went to a bar called Redwood Room in San Francisco. I was in awe of how classy the ambiance was. I also loved the interior of it. I wasn't able to snap any pictures, but I dug these off of the internet to show you.
I loved the lighting that they used for the Redwood Room.
The room had candles everywhere. It made the atmosphere very romantic.
Philippe Starck revamped this bar at the Clift Hotel, a historic space featuring the original redwood paneling and a large bar supposedly carved from a single redwood tree. It definitely was an elegant place with a sophisticated clientele that usually spends evenings here for drinks and conversation. On this particular night however, my Big Kiddo and I listened to the music, enjoyed eachother's company, and people watched. Its always fun to me to observe what is going on and this was certainly entertaining.
The only thing was I wasn't very prepared in the fashion department because someone didn't tell me that it was dressy and that I should bring a pretty outfit! Shame on Big Kiddo. I was the only girl in the room with tennis shoes, but oh well, I still had fun and I didn't have to worry about blisters in heels from walking the streets in SF. Plus I could eat fries late since I didn't have a tight dress on. Lol.
Here's a picture of what the Redwood Room looked like in 1905. Big difference, huh? I love the history behind this room and even in 1905 it was gorgeous.
Okay, I am super tired. I feel like I was gone for a week instead of only two days! It was well needed though and I love seeing new sites and creating new memories with my Big Kiddo. Excuse my sappiness, he he. I hope you darlings had a wonderful weekend. What was the most exciting part of your weekend? Maybe relaxation was what was ordered. I know I will need that soon. ;) I'll be around on your blogs to see for myself what everyone is up to soon!