Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lessons learned in San Francisco

  • Don't jump on the first double decker tour bus available. Be prepared to misunderstand the driver of the bus when asking what makes their bus tour different from the other ones. "Longer" doesn't always mean the actual tour time but could also be the wait for the next bus in between stops. Like 1-2 hours when the other tour buses are available every 15 minutes.
me, Rae (sis-in-law), Heidi (sister) and Renee

  • Don't leave a nursing baby for a 4 day vacation with only a manual breast pump. Inconvenient. Time consuming. And ultimately unsuccessful with keeping milk in.

  • Don't wear flip flops on a 12 mile (mostly uphill) bike ride. Also it might be a good idea to be in shape before attempting this ride. And walking up most of the hills with your bike can be kind of embarrassing.

  • The great feeling of accomplishment that comes with crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and making it to Sausalido
  • Always be prepared. When sharing a room with 3 other girls, you can never be too sure of your cycle.

  • Take a blanket with you to the movies. Otherwise you'll leave the movie with sore muscles from being so tense. And it doesn't even help to clench your fists in the "t" position.

  • If your name is Rae -- stay away from the clam chowder!! Unless you want to learn more about the restroom at the top of Nike Town.
  • San Francisco is a beautiful, windy city!
Heidi, me , Rae and Renee

  • Be careful when looking out your hotel window. You may see a naked man talking on his cell phone in the window across from yours. (Sorry no photo)

  • When in Chinatown, don't ask the local merchants for restaurant advice. You'll never find the restaurant and end up walking past lots of potential, yummy dining areas.
me and my sister Heidi

  • Don't worry too much about packing the 'right' outfit. Anything goes in San Francisco.

  • The toy stores carry candy jewelry for both children and adults (or Gavin)!

  • Be sure to go to Sacrament meeting on Sunday. But whatever you do -- DO NOT walk back to the hotel. This is not the time for missionary work. No matter what the mission president said in his Sacrament meeting talk.

  • It is so much fun to hang out with my sweet sisters!

  • Take time to eat a $3 cupcake and enjoy the music and sunshine in Ghirardelli Square.
  • Me and my sis-in-law Rae
  • It's never too early to start planning next year's girl's weekend trip.

  • And the #1 thing I learned -- It's always nice to come home and know that you are loved!


Brittany said...

I am super jealous and have to come next year, so let's get plannin!

Heidi Rushing said...

Man we did have fun! I am just sorry I was standing in line to pay the hotel bill while you were turning in people for smoking and frontal nudity! Looks like you might be able to use this trip as a write off with all the things you leared!

DKAZ said...

DO buy a mermaid costume from women dressed up in mermaid costumes...ya know Halloween is comin' up.

Grandma Bethany said...

How fun for the 4 of you. You certainly know how to have fun and do so in just a few days. Amazing how much easier it is without kids along!
Looking forward to other trips when more of us can go.

mum2brady said...

Ohhh - so fun!!! I swear - you go on the funnest vacays! Love all your pics - and your lists. But I have to admit - I'm curious about the sacrament meeting and walking home - sounds like there's a GREAT story in there ;)

Shauna said...

What a super fun time it looks like you had...good for you girls! I actually just went to San Fran with my girlfriens in Feb. that place! Girl's trips are a must every year I say! :}