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california conclusion

Finally: my California trip report is OVER. (Thanks for sticking with it.)

After our adventures in the mini-Redwood forest,…we drove to the ocean. It was completely peaceful and salty and mind clearing. It was perfect, but my camera was dead at this point. I hid it inside my coat, trying to avoid all the blowing salt >> but was determined to pull it out and force it to work for, please!, one shot of the sea.

It powered on, and I squatted down to take what seemed to be an interesting shot of: shoes. Luckily, my travel companions were quietly enjoying beach-ness in the background. It sluggishly processed the shot, and died seconds later.

Good work camera, good work.

…that evening we drove on and had the best meal of our trip. At a small cliff-side town we found fine food, good drinks and a quiet boat house on the water to enjoy our dessert and coffee in. The waves crashed, the sun set,…and highway 1 took us back home.

For a full report of my travels to the California coast, click here. Then read through our adventures and get lost in the dreamy places. {LOVE}

mossy mossy

After our lovely visit to the vineyard, we drove on to the coast. Along the way,…we were directed to this "mini" redwood forest. Apparently it was still young >> so the trees were nowhere near their potential size.


Hollie & I took a leisurely stroll while the boys ran around the forest. Luckily, we all came back together safely.

My camera was nearly dead at this point, on one of the most beautiful days of all. My final photo of the trip, the last great one I took,…will come tomorrow. And this documentation will be over.

…for now, here is more awesome greenness.

constant craving: pastries & coffee

Tartine is a big deal for a reason. During our time in the city, we knew we had to go. Luckily, we could walk there from where we were staying. It was awesome.

It was crazy busy. Ordering and getting through the line was a little overwhelming, but once we had coffee-drinks and pastries in hand >> enjoying them outdoors calmed us down. There were a few parts of the trip that felt very dreamy; this was one of them. The crisp weather, warm yummy drinks/treats and the best company around >> made for a very movie-esque moment.

{ Love. }

all those faces

After a couple days of walking around A LOT, we decided to take a short adventure to this long pier-type-thing (sorry, I don't know what it's really called!) - that surrounded a mini-harbor, with a great view of the city. Looking through these photos, I realized we all just stood around a lot, made goofy faces and relaxed here.

We were pretty tired at this point, and wanted to kill time until evening dinner.

I love all these faces.

And, thank you for sticking with this very drawn-out report from my California travels. I get distracted easily.

[ I thought i'd leave you with this handsome face. ]

the transportation that happened, and didn't

Before we even left for California,…Hollie and I had some goooooood ideas about how to best check out the city. But once we got there, we thought our money might be better spent on a bus. With a guide.

The weather was overall lovely (not complaining!) - but it was chilly.

The idea of zipping around in a little open top car sounded cold,…and opting for the bus seemed like a much better idea. Of course,…the bus had to be an open-top-one. HA! ….aaaaand, as we crossed The Bridge into the north bay,…and in to Sausalito (such a dreamy little town), my camera died. Grrr! So,…no initial pictures of the famous bridge or the little town I loved so much, just a couple cold friends.


a glimpse of the bay

Bah! - Sorry for the break in San Francisco updates. Looking back at the photos is so dreamy, I don't know why I'm taking my sweet time putting up all our fun adventures. I'm committed to completing my report-back this week. Or maybe next? (Eee!)

After our lovely breakfast we navigated ourselves along the bay, eventually ending up in the Fisherman's Wharf area. So many people were out. (Awesome mild-weather sunshine-ness!) We walked for hours and enjoyed the sensory overload. Also: we found the sourdough, friends, we found the sourdough. YUM.

one big building of things

Looking back on all our photos from CA, i'm of course kicking myself for not snapping so many things. Either because I wasn't thinking about it, or because my camera died. Then again, that probably means I was relaxing and enjoying the wonderful company—which is how it should be.

Most moments following our lovely breakfast, were poorly documented. So many awesome things, missed.
[ Except this Micah-face. See how happy he is to be in San Francisco! So much love! ]

The Ferry Building was really awesome. Again, a perfect kick-start to our trip. It had a market-style-feel, and we discovered a small handful of things that "haunted" us throughout our trip. Blue Door Coffee, Meitte and lovely stands of produce. Hollie & I also stumbled upon a Heath Ceramics front, which i've been in love with forever. Most all of their sets are a little out of my price range, but I can only imagine that they're worth it.

san fran: finally, in pieces

Our first views of the waterfront were amazing. Starting our trip by heading down to The Ferry Building that Sunday morning, couldn't have been more perfect. The sun & water & views were lovely (even though we still had to bundle up a bit in the 50° temps!)…and we chose Il Cane Rosso for breakfast and a needed coffee start. The broken farro porridge was one of the more amazing things I ate on the trip. It was delicious, and I will attempt to recreate it at home soon. YUM!