Keith and I got back last night from the most amazing trip to northern California. We spent three full days in San Francisco, half a day driving up the coast of northern California, and a day in Napa Valley.
|At Point Reyes Beach!|
I’m just going to get this off my chest – I love JetBlue. On-time flights with lots of legroom? Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows on demand? Free blue-colored potato chips?
|Pick the more photogenic one out of the two.|
It was a whirlwind trip, and we did so much that the full story will be saved for my journal and scrapbook. But here is the recap on my favorite stuff:
#1 – Wine Tasting in Napa
This was my favorite moment of the trip. My mom and I went to this awesome winery called Hopper Creek two years ago, and I was so happy that I was able to book the same tour this trip.
|I WANT TO LIVE HERE.|
We pulled up in our Mustang (yes, Keith got the upgrade and we drove through Cali like in Bullitt. It was awesome.), and happened to walk in with a bike tour that also came for a tasting. The hysterical winery owner had a heavy hand and let us all sit on his patio while we tried his amazing wine. Keith and I completely skipped the other wine tour we had lined up - we were having so much fun guzzling wine that we ended up staying two hours.
|I <3 your heavy hand.|
Note the stained teeth.
#2 – House of Nanking
My dear friend Meggie recommended this place to me, which is a delicious Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. It is without question the best Chinese food I’ve ever had.
|Mmm sesame chicken. I begrudgingly shared.|
#3 – Bike Tour
Keith and I did a historic bike tour of New Orleans last year, and wanted to keep up the tradition since we had such a blast last time. Our charismatic tour guide, Christopher, took us past the bay, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and into Sausalito.
I couldn’t help noticing all of the runners we passed along the bay… 50-60 degree weather all year round?! This may have been the moment I decided I will move here one day. Although the history and views were spectacular, Keith was required to keep his helmet on per the tour guide’s instructions (much to his dismay).
|Had to post this gem.|
#4 – Alcatraz
When we were planning our trip, Keith said that he felt bad I would have to go to Alcatraz again since I went two years ago. I told him I was pumped to go again, as it is a really cool place. He was quickly convinced.
|What is that in my purse you might ask?|
Keith bought it for me at the gift shop.
I am 23 years old with a stuffed animal seagull.
As chance would have it, we stumbled into a talk by Robert Luke, former Alcatraz Prisoner #1118. He told some stories about being sent to the "hole" in Alcatraz and what it was like when he got out. And he was a bank robber in the 50s – which is pretty B.A.
#5 – The Tonga Room
Introduced to us by Mr. Bourdain, the Tonga Room is a tiki bar in the basement of a hotel that has a pirate ship in the middle of the bar with a fake rainstorm that happens every hour (intentional run-on as there are so many great things about this place). If that doesn’t convince you, the strong neon-colored cocktails will. Oh, and I spotted Colin Hanks while we were there!
|Straddling the line between tipsy and drunk right here.|
#1 and Only – The Run
I like to focus on the positive, but there was a lowlight that is very related to what I like writing about most – running. After a day of having jelly donuts, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, coronas, and a hot tub soak, Keith and I thought it would be a good idea to go to the gym. I ran a miserable three miles on the treadmill while the gym's thermostat was set to a cool 80 degrees. A guy with no shame did yoga poses in front of me for the entirety of my run. Now I know why yoga rooms are dimly lit.
I had the post-vacation blues today, but I am pretty sure I will be back soon, and have every intention of moving there someday.
To sweat out the goldfish bag, cookies, potato chips, and ginger ale I had on the plane last night, I went for a run after work.
|One of my favorite paths.|
I decided not to worry about how far or fast I would run as it was my first day back, but let my body take me as far as it would go. I ended up doing 5.85 miles at an 8:53 pace – my goal of running 8:45 miles for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon seems more and more likely!
And last but NOT least – I am officially signed up for the Philadelphia Marathon!!!
|They make it so exciting!!!|
I’ll be running this beastly out and back with Jillian and Lauren and I could not be more excited. See you in November.