We traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area for the redwood wedding of my niece (Kristen Miglore, author of Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook, © 2015, Ten Speed Press, and Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake, © 2018, Ten Speed Press — did I mention that she’s my niece and we’re related? You should buy her books and read her column.). After spending a few days based in Santa Cruz (during which a Google Maps Street View car caught the kids and me outside the arcade at the Beach Boardwalk), we headed into San Francisco for an overnight. We woke up there on our daughter’s birthday, spent most of the day, and then headed up the coast to spend time with my brother and his wife. And watch The Birds in the town where much of it was filmed.
I could easily have ended up with a half dozen souvenir mugs on this vacation, but I decided to cover the trip with this one I bought in Monterrey. (Well, this one plus the one I bought somewhat impulsively shortly before we left, only to break it less than an hour later. With some thoughtful and unexpected help, I received a replacement — a story for another post.)
Trip highlights/memories, in addition to the wedding: Shadowbrook Restaurant (thank you to my brother and his wife), Cliff House, Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Castle Inn, Happy Donut, Royal Ground Coffee, Tadich Grill, Golden Gate Bridge, Bodega Bay and sleeping a few hundred feet from the fault line.
If you’re an old-style roller coaster fan and have the opportunity to ride it, don’t miss the Giant Dipper on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Spent the morning of the wedding there with my daughter and the coaster totally surprised me — didn’t expect to find a ride that good there.