Day 1 (Thursday, January 21)
- Direct flight from Columbus to Oakland at 6:00 AM (!)
- Arrived in Oakland at 8:00 AM local time
- Hung out with Meghan & met our nephew, William, for the first time!
- Lunch at Rick & Ann's in Berkeley
- Hung out at Jeff & Meghan's while the babes napped
- Take out dinner from The Star
- Ice cream from Cream
Ready to board the plane
Lucy was excited!
She watched a few episodes of Daniel Tiger
And spent over an hour playing with stickers
As soon as we got her in the rental car, she was out......unfortunately, the drive to Jeff & Meghan's house from the Oakland airport was only about 20 min though
Lucy had been talking about meeting "Baby William" for weeks and was so excited to give him his new Mickey Mouse rattle
We drove to Berkeley (only about a 10-15 min drive) to have lunch at Rick & Anna's with Meghan & William (Jeff was in LA for work that day so we didn't actually see him until the next day)
Holding my sweet, sleeping nephew
Lucy "playing" with William
He's such a great baby and rarely cries so we got to see quite a few smiles and smirks from him during our trip
Lucy did not want to leave his side the entire trip.....which is good considering we're going to have a baby of our own in less than 6 months!
Holding her cousin for the first time
Can't pass up dessert while on vacation and Cream had some amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches
Brownie sundae for Meghan and cookie sandwich for me
Day 2 (Friday, January 22)
- Spinning class at Ride Oakland
- Drove into San Francisco and rode the cable cars , walked along the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to see the sea lions, and stopped for a quick snack at Boudin Bakery
- Late lunch at 21st Amendment Brewery
- Take out dinner from Lo Coco's
Even when I'm out of town I like to work out and find new studios so I was excited to try out Ride Oakland, a Spinning studio, and it was awesome!
Since we were in the Bay Area, we wanted to head into San Francisco (it was about a 30-40 min drive from Piedmont) to show Lucy some of the touristy things, and of course, it was the one day that it actually rained, but that didn't stop us from taking a ride on the cable cars
Lucy LOVED the cable cars and thought they were like the trolley from Daniel Tiger
Someone is having a good time!
Holding on and looking out the window
The ride is only one way so once we got to the end of the line, we had to get off the cable car and wait for another to take us back to where we started; there was no line for us to get on the initial cable car but we had to wait about 20 min for one to take us back
Cable car pulling into the turnaround to go back the other way
We had an outside seat on the way back
Driving past Lombard Street, the famous crooked street
Heading down the hills of San Francisco and back to the Embarcadero
Todd & Lucy in front of one of the cable cars after our ride
After the cable car ride, we walked down the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to see the sea lions
Lots of sea lions hanging out
It started to rain harder on our walk back so Lucy & I ducked into Boudin Bakery for a quick snack of authentic sourdough bread while Todd went and got the car
We stopped at 21st Amendment Brewery for a late lunch before heading back to Piedmont
Todd enjoying a taster tray
We thought we'd miss the rush hour traffic out of the city but apparently there's always traffic so it took us twice as long to get back to Jeff & Meghan's (it took us almost 45 min just to go a few blocks to get onto the Bay Bridge back over to Oakland). It was a little stressful too as we were sitting in 3 lanes of traffic just about to get on the bridge when Lucy announced that she had to go to the bathroom and there was no where for us to stop or pull over. I don't know how she did it but she held it for another 30 min and made it back to the house accident-free!
Once Jeff came home from work that evening, we ordered some takeout from an Italian restaurant and relaxed at their house for the rest of the evening.
Part 2 will be up tomorrow!