The Coldest Winter was a Summer Spent in San Francisco

Taking a trip to San Francisco had been on my bucket list for awhile and it just so happened work sent me to San Francisco for a training event right before I moved to Nashville. A couple of my close work friends were also going on this trip so we were able to make a fun trip out of it. Nat and I even flew up a day early so that we could go into the city to explore. I finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge!! I had been to San Francisco once before but it was for a Giants game so we didn’t have much time in the city.

Nat and I Yelp-ed a pancake restaurant pretty close to the airport to start the day before taking the BART into the city. The Bart is pretty convenient for getting into the city from the suburbs but it doesn’t seem that great for getting around the actual city – we did a LOT of walking to see everything. We took the BART to the end of the line and then walked along the city to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see the sea lions. I loved watching the sea lions – it’s fun to watch how easily they can jump out of the water onto the dock. I probably could have and stayed and watched them much longer but I could feel the sun starting to burn (I managed to forget my sunscreen and I burn super easily).

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imageAfter the sea lions we walked down to Fishermans Wharf. We ended up going to The San Francisco Dungeon which is kinda like a haunted house – the website calls it “an exciting mix of 9 live actor shows, 200 years of history, 360 sets, 1 dark boat ride, and authentic storytelling.” Basically, we were in a group of about 20 people and we were taken to different rooms of the dungeon to learn about San Francisco’s history and be scared during the storytelling. It was actually pretty neat and a cool way to learn more about the city’s history. I was even thrown in jail during one of the stories!

Next up we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge! This was the one thing I told Nat we had to do! She had already been before but knew how much I wanted to go so she was up for it. I really liked how they had a visitors center and so much on the history of building the bridge. It was cool to read all about it before going out on the bridge. It really is amazing how they were able to construct the bridge without so many of today’s technological advances.

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imageimageOnce we walked out onto the bridge it was soooo windy. The view of the bay was amazing and the bridge seems so much bigger when you are walking on it. We walked to the halfway point and took a bunch of pictures and decided it was time to head back. We definitely had an adventure getting back to our hotel from the bridge which included 2 buses, the Bart, and an airport shuttle. We were definitely exhausted but glad to have made it to the hotel. It was definitely a fun day in the city and I’m glad we were able to explore before our training.

-Stacie

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