North Bay Adventures

North Bay Adventures

Well I suppose I’m a bit behind in getting this posted. I had every intention of doing this earlier in the week, but strangely, now that I have a job starting tomorrow, this past week seemed to fly by without enough time in the day to get everything done. In my defense, I’ve had to work on some papers for my professor back at Clemson and have had some reading to do in preparation for my job.

So last weekend Derrick’s sister was here for two days. We started Saturday by heading to the airport to pick her up….in the rain. Yes, you read that right, rain. It was actually a nice change of pace to see clouds and some good downpours while driving, although of course, of all weekends for the weather to be somewhat uncooperative, the weekend Summer was visiting wasn’t really great timing. But despite the rain, we still had a good time heading up to San Francisco. We drove past where they were holding the America’s Cup yachting races and headed to the Golden Gate Bridge.

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From the lower lookout spot
From Vista Point
Not that you can really see, but that is San Francisco
Not that you can really see, but that is San Francisco
From Vista Point
From Battery Spencer
Battery Spencer is an old gun battery that was used for bay defense. Complete with fireplaces...
Battery Spencer is an old gun battery that was used for bay defense. Complete with fireplaces…

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After enjoying the views (or lack thereof in some instances, e.g. we couldn’t even see Alcatraz at one point because of the fog), we decided to change our original plans of going to Fisherman’s Wharf and the piers on the bay in the city and instead headed to Sausalito, which was good because 1) Derrick and I hadn’t even been to Sausalito so it was new for all of us and 2) because we didn’t have to pay the toll on the GG bridge to get back into San Francisco!

We spent a good part of the afternoon in Sausalito strolling around, and thankfully, since the weather in the bay changes every 5 seconds, the rain let up and the sun even came out.

William A. Richardson founded Sausalito in the early 19th century.
William A. Richardson founded Sausalito in the early 19th century.
Now you can see SF more clearly
Now you can see SF more clearly
Fancy houses line the main street in downtown Sausalito.
Fancy houses line the main street in downtown Sausalito.

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After Sausalito, we headed to Berkeley across another bridge (Richmond-San Rafael Bridge)

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And walked around the Cal Berkeley campus. Summer’s favorite part was the squirrels on campus who are fat and greedy little things and will eat any food you want to offer them (Derrick and I saw someone feeding them gummy bears a few years ago).

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And we went up to the Science center at Berkeley for some more awesome vistas.

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We ended the evening at Triple Rock Brewery, a favorite of Derrick’s from his time spent in Berkeley, and then headed back down to the south bay and home. We all crashed pretty early, since it was a long day for all of us, especially Summer who left the east coast at 3 am PT.

Sunday we spent the day relaxing, enjoying football, and checking out the Valley Fair mall, which is ridiculously ginormous, but pretty nice. All in all, we enjoyed getting to see Summer and getting out to do some exploring.

We still haven’t headed south towards Santa Cruz/Monterey, etc, so I’m hoping to make that our next adventure.

I can’t believe it is about to be October! Where does the time go? Our next visitors will be my family at the end of the month, which will be a fun time, so we are looking forward to that. In the meantime, I’ll hopefully be enjoying my new job and we’ll keep cheering for the Braves in the postseason and the Clemson Tigers as they head to next week undefeated 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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