san fran: part one

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Hello, good morning, and welcome back! I am excited to share some highlights from my trip. I decided to split the recap into two parts. This first one includes the activities of Saturday including touring Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, and eating at an enchanted bakery called Boudin. Take a look.

Tomorrow there will be a full marathon and wine country recap.

Alcatraz Tour


Many friends and readers suggested to tour Alcatraz, so we decided to do it first thing on Saturday morning. It was a good decision. We had a great time and I found myself creepily fascinated by the history. Definitely not for young kids, but worth a trip if you visit SF.


The guys played it cool on the boat ride there. Just seeing an old “Super Max,” no biggie.


I was so thankful that Erwin took the time out of his busy work schedule to make the trip. It was a great chance to get some new photos together.


The island was also a great place for photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.

On the Pier(s) and Fisherman’s Wharf


The Piers reminded me of Navy Pier in Chicago. Full of touristy goodies that beg the question, “who buys this stuff?


A new look for our president.


A must have for all young children. Brooke, I apologize that I didn’t find this until after your baby shower.


Loving the water. Little did I know that just around the corner there were….


SEA LIONS! This was one of my favorite moments of the entire trip. Dozens (maybe hundreds) of sea lions crowded floating docks napping, fighting, barking, and resting. It was like a sea lion house party at 4am.

Eating at Boudin


After wandering around all morning, we were ready to carb load for the race. My friend, Kaitlyn, suggested we try Boudin at the Wharf for lunch. Her recommendation did not disappoint. Here’s a little tour of this amazing store and restaurant.


A few minutes into my visit I noticed baskets of sourdough bread rotating around the perimeter of the store.


Their bread was pretty incredible. I especially liked the creatures they created.

Here are a few of the options.


This could be an easy holiday project to try for any foodies out there.


Isn’t this the cutest baby alligator? In case you are wondering where it’s mother is…


I found her near the kitchen.


The bakery is kind of like a Panera-meets-the-Lincoln-Park-Zoo.


And of course, they have regular loaves as well.

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  1. CB

    Cute pictures of you and Erwin! That baby vampire is scary… I LOVE the sea lions and that bakery looks amazing! I love it! Looks like you saw lots of cool things on your trip!!! 🙂

  2. These pics totally reminded me of my post-Hawaii honeymoon stopover with Luke. We went to all the same places last year, except Alcatraz. For some reason, Luke wanted to go to the aquarium instead. He’s never been to San Fran, so I had to be accommodating. The aquarium was fun but there’s no place like Alcatraz!

    And those sea lions! So cute & funny but so smelly. Right?!

  3. Connie

    Love it! It’s exactly what I set aside a day for whenever I visit SF. 🙂

  4. Kate

    Your San Fran pictures are great! I’m headed there next week! 🙂

  5. Can’t wait to hear about the marathon. Your SF photos look just like mine! Did you make it down to Ghiradelli or the Golden Gate?

  6. Jess

    @ CB: It was such a good trip. And I definitely recommend the bakery if you go.

    @ Michelle: I didn’t notice the smell, but I was in the back row so I might not have been close enough. I loved the barking alpha males. So funny.

    @ Rebecca, Kate, and Connie: Glad you liked the “photo tour!”

    @ S.E. Minegar: We went to Golden Gate (and ran through Golden Gate Park) but passed on the Ghiradelli (however, they did have a chocolate station in the marathon as well).

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