Last month Robin and I celebrated our 12th anniversary and so we decided to take a trip without the kids to San Francisco and the Bay area. Over the past several years, we have tried to have a couples vacation at some point during the year and it’s been very fun. We’ve been on two cruises — one to San Diego, Catalina Island and Ensenada and the other to Miami, Key West and Cozumel. We have also been to San Antonio, Las Vegas and last year we went to New York. We’ve also done some local stays at Little America and the Armstrong Mansion in SLC, the Silver Lake Lodge in Park City and the Homestead in Midway. Thanks to wonderful grandparents, relatives and friends who are willing to help with child care, we have been able to do some fun things together as a couple.
This most recent trip was a blast; here’s a quick summary:
Oakland Temple Grounds and Visitor Center – very beautiful and peaceful; amazing views of the Bay Area.
Berkeley Campus – very busy; didn’t stay long.
Muir Woods – amazing old growth Redwood forest not far from the city.
Stinson Beach – nice views with a fun drive coming and going.
Wicked – excellent musical with great sets, costumes and special effects, a good plot, wonderful acting and singing (note to self: get more sleep the night before; I struggled to stay awake)
Alcatraz – fantastic tour of this famous island/prison; cell house audio tour was a highlight.
Chinatown – lots of fun shopping and dining experiences.
Coit Tower – amazing views of the Bay Area.
Streets – 45 degree angle streets were certainly fun to drive; and a little bit scary.
Ghiradelli Square – lots of tasty, overpriced chocolate.
Fizherman’s Wharf – charming and fun place for a stroll; lots of energy and movement.
The Franciscan Restaurant – excellent food with impressive views of the bay from their wall of glass.
Golden Gate Park – huge park with lots to see and do.
China Camp State Park – old Chinese fishing village; fun to learn about shrimp fishing in the 1800s.
Bodega Bay – beach town where they filmed Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”
Coast Drive – craggy rocks, crashing waves, very beautiful.
Sonoma Valley – vineyards that go on for miles; charming towns.
We kept the cost of the entire trip to less than $1,000 thanks to a travel voucher from Delta that we earned last year on our trip to New York. It was a great three days to spend together sans kids/distractions. It makes me more grateful for my sweet wife.
Here are some photos: