Friday, December 29, 2006

San Francisco, baby!

The Thursday before Christmas, Jeff and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary! :-)

It was a wonderful day. We had a late lunch at the Olive Garden and spent a few hours at the Portland Temple. (Yep, Dad. We finally made it to the temple.)

On our way home from the temple, we got to talking and decided to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to San Francisco! We got a really good deal on a hotel room, so we loaded up the car and made the 10-hour drive down I-5.

It turned out to be a wonderful way to spend Christmas. We walked around the hills of San Francisco. For those of you who have never been to San Fran, believe me when I say they are not joking when they refer to the "hills of San Francisco." It was really beautiful.

Hope you enjoy some pics from our trip.

View from the balcony outside our hotel room.

Golden Gate bridge from a park on a very steep street.

Coit Tower

Alcatraz Island

San Francisco Cable Car

Crookedest Street (Lombard between Hyde and Leavenworth)

Driveway on the Crookedest St

Poofy tree-lined street (Lombard past the Crookedest part)

Wouldn't you like to live here!? We know we would!!

The streets are so steep here that you actually need to be sure to park at 90-degrees, so as not to roll down the hill. I'm sure that people living here never forget the "up, up, and away" reminder to turn your wheels toward the curb when parking on a hill (when it's not designated to park at 90-degrees).

One way to help pedestrians with the steep streets...
The put these mini-steps on some of the streets. These steps are more like little ridges--only about 1-inch high.

TransAmerica Pyramid
2nd tallest building in San Fran

Downtown Skyline from our favorite viewing point
(Top of Vallejo St at Taylor St)

A chinese mural in Chinatown

Another view of the TransAmerica Pyramid

View of the TransAmerica Pyramid

The TransAmerica Pyramid had a very neat park for its "Employees, Tenants, and Friends." This is a pic of a pond in the park. These frogs are really frolicking; some are even playing Leap Frog.

A really neat business plaza--all decked out for Christmas

Interesting heads near the Port of San Fransicso

San Francisco at night

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