We spent part of an afternoon shopping up and down the Haight/Ashbury area which apparently is popular to some. Our relatives who live close by called it “The Haight” (pronounced like “hate”).
It was in this area out of all of San Francisco that I saw the most number of homeless people.
After The Haight we went to Balmy alley to check out the art murals which apparently change from time to time.
More sites around the Balmy alley area. My husband thought it was the ‘mission district” but I don’t know.
We also just kind of drove around San Francisco checking out all the architecture of the houses crammed together on the hills of the city. Some of the hills were so steep you couldn’t even see over the top of where the street went. It was like going over a cliff 😂.
We stayed in Palo Alto for our entire trip at my husband’s aunt’s house. She was gone on a trip herself out of the country so we had the whole place to ourselves! Sure beat living out of a hotel for a week! Wish we could have seen her though.
I took some pics of her beautiful backyard garden. She has chickens and a bee hive along with a full vegetable garden, fruit trees and bushes, various flowers, a waterfall feature, and many areas to sit and relax. We got to take care of the chickens and feed and collect eggs all week.
She also has a cottage in her backyard that is set up like a studio apartment. She has rented it out before but currently is not.
I’ve been sort of putting off writing this because it overwhelms me to think about how much stuff we did in California a few weeks ago and how many pictures I have of our wonderful vacation! But I want to share them and also have this next series of posts be a kind of log of our trip. Hope you enjoy them as I walk you through the sights and stories of our get-a-way.
All pictures were taken with my Pixel 6 unless otherwise noted. I was too nervous to bring my expensive camera equipment with me since we were flying. Plus, my camera with its lens is very heavy to carry around and I knew we would be doing a lot of walking. Boy, was I right! We walked miles and miles everyday.
On Our Way
We took off from St. Louis at 5:30am and arrived in Las Vegas prepared for a one hour layover that turned into 6 hours! (Our plane got stuck in Ohio in bad weather.) We tried to fly standby on a different flight that left earlier than ours was expected to arrive, but no luck.
I people watched for 6 hours while my daughter and husband sat on their phones. I think my daughter slept quite a bit, too. I wish I could fall asleep anywhere like her!
Finally made it to California!
We arrived in San Jose airport with plenty of the day left since California is 2 hours behind our time zone here in Missouri. We were ready for dinner and so we went straight to In-N-Out burger to see what all the hype is about. Sorry to say, we were disappointed! It wasn’t bad but nothing special like we were expecting.
Half Moon Bay
Next we went to a beach in Half Moon Bay because we had to get a look at the Pacific Ocean! We were there as the sun was going down so the view was lovely.
The landscape in Half Moon Bay was beautiful everywhere, not just at the beach.