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This week I was in northern Cal for work.  
my excited arrival texts with Hilary
(sadly I didn't get to work with her this week...but we kept in touch)
While we were very busy and worked many hours, one day we worked night shifts in the morning and night so we had the afternoon to explore a bit.  We also worked in Los Gatos one day and after finishing for the day, we took a little detour to Saratoga to see some redwoods.  Pretty amazing.  The most shocking part to me was how quiet it was.  Completely not what I’m used to.  Even closing the car door sounded SO loud in the middle of the forest.  

On the afternoon we had to explore we drove up to San Francisco and did a little sightseeing.  I would entitle the experience San Francisco in 4 hours.  Which I googled before we left and didn’t have too much luck.  Here’s what we did on a rainyish day in San Francisco in 4 hours.
Cliff House for lunch.  This place has some beautiful views of the ocean and beach and delicious food.  We were both happy.  (They gave us the option to wait for an ocean view table and we decided a bit of the ocean, bit of beach view with no wait would work for us.)

Golden Gate Bridge for photos and admiration.  (We went to Fort Point for our photos.)  It really is beautiful.  We went to to snap our photos and then walked out on the deck to get some with San Fran in the background.  There were definitely sea lions under the dock making their noise, which freaked me out, but it was still fun.

Then we pretty much just drove around and checked out areas of San Fran.  We drove by trolley routesRussian Hill, and stopped at Lombard Street.  Said to be the crookedest street in the world.  First we walked it.  Then Hayden wanted to drive it.  So we did.
I will say driving those steep hills in the rain was pretty disconcerting as the passenger.  Especially with someone who I would classify as not an excellent driver.  But we made it.  Even though I gripped the car several times.  Not to mention I’m pretty sure Hayden took some enjoyment out of scaring me.  Geez.

It really was a beautiful city.  I’m also thankful that we had a bit of time to explore, even though during the night shift after our exploring I was in quite a mood and was clearly exhausted.  I’d say it was worth it, but not sure what Hayden would say since he had to deal with my moodiness. 
lunch time:  day 1


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