Monday, June 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - forests and bridges

feat. awkward bobby pin 

It was Day 2 in San Francisco. My mom, having explored the Bay Area before, took charge and decided we would take a trip to the Muir Woods. Tucked away among winding roads by the sea, the Muir woods were magnificent. We spent a solid 3 hours exploring the trail and gawking at Redwoods that seemed impossibly tall.

I wanted to dress comfortably for the day (as always) so I wore my newly purchased (from the night before) Uniqlo black skinnies and decided to keep up the "all black everything" vibe with my other newly purchased t-shirt from 'Slash' in Berkeley....

I think I may have a problem.

The wannabe-punk black and red ensemble was a little hot in the blazing sun, but I lived to tell the tale. Plus, I was thankful for the layers and my Brandy Melville flannel when the wind kicked in later at night. Layers are your best friend.

After our hike (I don't even know if you could call it a hike. It was more of a nature walk) we lunched at Driver's Market in Sausalito, where I enjoyed a delicious meal, complete with a refreshing mango-orange soda and to-die-for XXL oatmeal-raisin cookie.

AHHHHH lunch was so good! Driver's Market gave off a neighborhood Whole Food's vibe. It was packed with healthy/paleo/vegan/raw vegan etc., etc., etc., products but wasn't as overwhelming as the two-story, shopping cart escalator-included Whole Foods down the street from my house. Plus, their deli had a lot to offer, with incredible sandwiches, salads, and pastries that lived up to the store's rave customer reviews on Yelp.

And that cookie? Yeah. Despite the fact that it was XXL, as afore mentioned, I think I only shared two small bites with my sister and mom. I AM THE COOKIE MONSTER. In my defense, it was perfectly chewy, yet crispy, so I didn't really have any choice but to devour it by myself.

After our late lunch, my mom wanted to explore Sausalito, which she remembered as a cute town from her previous trips. Turns out we weren't quite close enough to the cute part of the town, but I still found a way to entertain myself. Look, I found wooden pillars to climb on! 

But alas, I couldn't stay up high on my pillar perch forever, so we left Sausalito to get up close and personal with the Golden Gate bridge. And I will tell you, it was worth the wait.

look! my outfit matches with the bridge/sky!

Notice a new addition to my outfit? Yep, that was another new purchase. I am literally OBSESSED with this vintage Levi's denim jacket I picked up at Slash. Plus, it was another great layering piece especially since it was very, very windy up there.

We were happy to play tourist and I took many a few obligatory selfies with the bridge and city in the background, all of which are too embarrassing to share here. Before getting blown away by the surprisingly strong gusts of wind (my mom was literally afraid my sister would blow off the hillside) we drove back down the hill, across the bridge, and back into the city where we enjoyed some time at a park and admired the picturesque Victorian houses and vibrant mural art on Steiner St.

[turns into 5-year-old and climbs all the playground equipment]

After a gigantic dinner of chicken pot pie and caesar salad, we hopped on a cable car and enjoyed a brief yet thrilling 2-block ride. Why 2 blocks? Try traveling with a 5-year-old and see how they feel at 10:30pm.

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