Tuesday, September 11, 2012

California Vacation, volume 1

So, now in my blogging I've come to THE reason I had given up writing blogs back in March.  My hard drive has 1700 photos from this trip.  So, are you ready for some pictures?! Just kidding.  I weeded down and literally have to take it one day at a time. So if you make it all the way through, then you're an amazing friend (or you're my mom).

Ok, so Chuck had a geek work convention in good ol' Silicon Valley, California.  The boys and I tagged along. We enjoyed seeing him at the hotel at night, while each day we set out for adventures of our own for the first few days.

This trip was a milestone.  I was able to drive up to San Francisco (about 45 min+), park the car and use the public transportation without losing any children (or my sanity) along the way.  I was able to pack light, without the need of a diaper bag or stroller.  It felt so good to be in this stage, where my 3 boys could stay close, and we could have a great time just exploring together!

On to pictures....
Chandler very carefully studied the emergency instructions, since this was his first plane ride.

Thanks to the lion statue at the San Antonio Zoo, my kids love climbing on statues...

I was amazed at how this area has such beautiful succulents, despite that it's not a drought-like area (like the Texas Hill Country).

My toothless wonder.

Acting like a shark.

We started out in the Aquarium of the Bay, near Pier 39.

Not that I want to swim with them, but I find jellyfish to be beautiful.

Chan discovered starfish.

So did I.


Sardine swirl.

My lil fishes.

More wildlife, the boys favorite...

Then we got to "pet" sharks. A first for all of us.

Chance was intent at this time that he wants to be a scientist when he grows up. He often found microscopes everywhere we went.

Touching the starfish - still creeped me out a little, but the boys loved it.

One of my personal favorites - the sting rays!

Since California has a later Spring Break, we had all the touristy places to ourselves.  The boys learned about this skink for over an hour, one-on-one with the trainer. So fun!

Chance got up close and personal.

Oh, San Fran, you are so beautiful.

Fresh seafood, anyone? I love (if you look closely) you can see the chef smiling at us here.

A real-life submarine! The USS Pampanito.

This one is self-explanatory.

Musee Mecanique.  A warehouse filled with old arcade machines. Yes, the movie "Big" came to mind.

Of course, Charlie found a baseball game.

We stuck together and cheered each other on. (family time win!)

Oh, Chance... 

And of course, we rode in a cable car!

In addition to the Aquarium of the Bay and checking out Pier 39, we spent our afternoon at the Academy of Sciences. If I would've realized just how much there was to do, I would've dedicated a whole day to this place, not just a few hours before closing.

Can you spot all 3 boys under this dino?

This is the roof of the place.  The windows open to let the fresh air into the museum, and into the 4-story-tall rainforest inside.

A view of the outside enclosure of the rainforest.

Within the rainforest - this frog enjoyed sitting on the snake. The boys found that interesting.

Yet another under-water-walkway that we sat enjoyed the view from.

Then it was off to a 50's diner for dinner. The meals came in Cadillac containers.  The boys were thrilled!

And to top off our amazing day, we watched this clown juggle, then make the boys balloon swords.  Seriously, how much more can we do in one day?!

Oh, but there's more. We visited the sea lions that "live" on some boat docks in Pier 39 before heading back to San Jose.

1 comment:

KarenD said...

That was just ONE day? Good grief woman! Thankful that I have some TIME to explore these things. ;-) Of course, I'm still toting around a diaper bag and a two-year-old who tends to wander AND needs a nap.