That’s right! And it’s not just the name of a delicious burger joint originally from Santa Barbara, but the truth when it comes to spending time with people – quality counts. That’s exactly what this trip has been about!
Like mother like daughter? Camera=head tilt, apparently!
Moments of the day included some time around downtown Walnut Creek, and some “face-to-face” time with friends and family:
Us and Curtis – gave him a ride home under the bridge! We also got the chance to Skype with my brother who’s visiting our cousin Becky and her (Spanish) boyfriend at their home in Spain while he’s been in Switzerland. So great to catch up!
Later we drove out to my aunt and uncle’s house for a birthday dinner for my mom (they’re Becky’s parents, so it was like we saw them all in the same day!). We enjoyed a tasty meal and had an absolutely enjoyable time catching up, talking about barefoot running, and reliving memories of such good times spent with them in their familiar house.
Did I mention they’re bee keepers too? So cool – they just harvested 125 lbs of honey on Saturday!
At this point in the trip, we’d yet to go to the beach or some of our favorite spots around San Francisco, so Saturday was spent in some familiar and fun spots around the Bay Area, starting with the Embarcadero!
A pretty impressive “Occupy SF” tent city downtown…North American protests going on or not, San Francisco always has something interesting to offer.
The Saturday Farmer’s Market on the Embarcadero! #tradition
Peet’s Coffee + a pumpkin roll…perfection on the Embarcadero & no substitute for quality with fresh, real-ingredient bread and good coffee!
Strolling with my parents; “Oh hey! A giant pumpkin!”
My favorite bridge in the world – yes, the world! The Golden Gate Bridge.
After strolling around the market without anywhere to rush off to and covering some good ground, we were finally ready for lunch around 1:45 pm. After some classic “Pull in here! No wait – that doesn’t sound good…drive on!” discussion we landed on a small Mexican food joint that looked like it would hit the spot – and the spot it hit! There’s nothing like authentic Mexican food – it just can’t be beat. Although we didn’t order much, what we got (chicken tacos on corn tortillas, chips and guacamole, chilli rellenos) tasted great and we loved the airy, beach feel of The Sausalito Taco Shop.
It was a here-and-there kind of day, and soon enough we were on our way again the Subaru, this time to read and soak up the sun at Stinson Beach. We stopped at the lookout (my mom loves ariel views!) and read books fell asleep while we gazed out at a spectacular view. Can you even believe this is the end of October?!
We popped down to Stinson Beach afterward and walked for a while one direction, looking for shells and enjoying the smell of the salt water, before turning around and walking back towards the car.
It was an absolutely incredible day – it felt like we got a lot in but it was so relaxed and flexible. I loved every moment and just soaked in it (literally!) as much as I could. After all that, how do you finish off the perfect Saturday? Go out to a movie! We watched Johnny English and although it wasn’t laugh out loud funny, it was chuckle-worthy and I had a smile on my face the whole time.
Today has been wonderful…and it began with some morning movement! I drove to Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, parked, and hopped out on a perfect morning to run. My goal? 10 miles: 5 out, 5 back across the Golden Gate and near some of my favorite landmarks in the area. The end result? A no-water, no-fuel, but great feeling 13.24 mile run across the bridge, along Chrissy Field, past Ghiradelli Square, past Pier 39 (the tourist shops and barking sea lions, quiet on a Sunday morning), and back. It was a wonderful solo run and I enjoyed every minute of it! Once you get out and set your mind to a specific workout, there’s no substitute for quality! Here’s a morning glimpse in photos to finish off this rambling post:
It’s been a great trip, and I’m already sad to see it come to an end. But hey! I still have another day and a few hours to enjoy, so I’m going to log off and get back to my fam.
Have you ever been to San Francisco or the Bay Area?
Do you live near family and see them often or not?
Bootcamp early in the morning! Have a great day, a great workout, eat well, and live well with those around you as you start your week off well. Every step towards a healthy life, every small decision made, every choice to smile rather than frown counts. Remember, there’s no substitute for quality!
Still lovin’ the Golden State,
Isn’t this little fish cute? I LOVE it’s face – one of my favorite things that my owns that simply makes me smile.