Jason’s been working on becoming a VMware Certified Professional (and you may have noticed from the badge on our website that he now IS a VCP). Part of his training included a weeklong class in San Francisco, and for those of you who know us, also became a great excuse for a weekend adventure! I joined Jason on the Friday afternoon after his classes were finished and we walked, trolleyed, and bussed around the city through Sunday afternoon before returning home.
After driving to Seattle, flying to Oakland, and taking the BART into San Francisco, I was ready to stretch my legs as soon as I arrived. Chinatown was just a few blocks from Jason’s hotel, and is a great place to wander around. Jason was grateful I was in the mood to walk, otherwise we would have been stopping in every store along the way! I settled for enjoying the window shopping, and taking in the culture of a “town” within the city.
We found the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where you can see the process of making fortune cookies, as well as purchase some tasty snacks.
We stopped back at our hotel to rest for a little while before taking an evening stroll down to the ferry building. The ferry building hosts a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and Jason and I were happy to order our breakfast from one of the vendors there the next day.
We also had amazing views of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island.
One of Jason’s top sites to see while we were in San Francisco was Alcatraz. And not just see it from afar, but to see it up close and tour it. We chose to take the evening/night tour and enjoyed the views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge as the sun was setting.
The next day we rode the trolley to Lombard or “Crooked” Street. I have to be honest, I’m glad I don’t live on that street!
Then we walked (for quite a while) until we reached one of the bus routes that would take us to Golden Gate Bridge. We didn’t spend much time around Golden Gate Bridge, but it was fun to walk part of it and watch the surfers below.
We had many other fun adventures including stopping by Ghirardelli Square for some chocolate, eating some sourdough bread down on Pier 39, watching a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, unintentionally watching a nude bike parade, walking through Golden Gate Park, and soaking in every other “San Francisco” site we could.
During one of our walks (that accidently turned into a 5 mile walk) we got to see the houses that were filmed as the setting for the TV show “Full House.” Having grown up with the “Tanner” family, I thought it was pretty cool.
Feel free to check out more pictures from our trip in our photo gallery. And don’t worry, there are no pictures from the nude bike parade… at least not on our website.