San Francisco :: Part 1

As many of you know, I had the privilege of spending ten days in San Francisco at the beginning of June. Logan had been hired by CIY to help with a week long conference there, where incidentally, the Parsons (Logan’s sister’s family) were spending the summer. When they heard about it, they offered to use their frequent flier miles to fly Valentine and me out there so we could all be together. 

Nick had found this amazing house on Air B&B and rented it for the month. It was big enough for their whole family, their adorable puppy Duncan, plus an extra room for V and me. 

Most of the furnishing were of the Ikea variety, but there were a few gems tucked in corners of the house. This gorgeous Eames style rocker was in my room and I wanted to tuck it in my pocket and take it home with me. 

A couple of the rooms had these amazing, huge Oriental rugs covering the wood floors. They were so rich and lush and looked just perfect paired with the gray walls of the house.

I loved this old sink in the wash room under the house. Also, I never could get a good picture of it, but above the sink someone had tacked doilies across the window. I felt mesmerized by the muted, lacy light streaming through the window.

The house stood half a block from the sprawling Golden Gate Park, over 1,000 acres of public grounds. There were trails, playgrounds, museums, monuments, bison (yes, bison), fields of cala lilies, ducks and ponds. Needless to say, we went there nearly every day, exploring and enjoying as much as we could.

This is a view of The Inner Sunset, the neighborhood where we stayed, from within Golden Gate Park. One of my favorite aspects of San Francisco was how picturesque everything was. Truly. It’s just a beautiful city. From the mountainous landscape, to the exotic foliage, to the colorful old homes, to the moody fog, I was in a constant state of delight.

Golden Gate Park has the feel of a nature preserve in places and the kids loved wandering off the trails, having little adventures in the trees and underbrush. Sometimes you would completely forget you were in a major metropolitan area. 

Love this little boy and his boyishness.

Phin was so proud of himself for finding this hiding spot. How sweet is that smile? 

This was a manicured park dividing the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences. The older kids brought chalk and drew a giant dragon on the pavement. I spent the majority of my time trying to keep Valentine from gnawing on cigarette butts.

You’d be hard pressed to find two more girls with as much personality as these two. Coco’s poems already rival Silverstein and I daily learn from Harper’s assertive confidence.

Rachel makes the best espresso I’ve ever had. Even though I was in my favorite city I’ve ever visited, if I was being honest, I’d have to say one of the best parts of the trip was Rachel’s coffee every morning. 

Nick and Rachel went exploring with their kids one afternoon, leaving me to read and write while V napped, and they brought this delightful treat back for me. An It’s-It is an ice cream sandwich made with two oatmeal cookies, strangely substantial and satisfying.

Rachel offered to watch Valentine several times so that I could go jogging down the infamously steep streets. It was a fun way to stay in shape hot off of May Summer Shape Up. Also, two different nights Rachel and I went on epic walks through Golden Gate Park. It’s astonishing how much farther you can go when you’re having a scintillating conversation with a good friend. :)

And then, finally, after five days, Logan finished up his conference and joined us in our happy house. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

My favorite parts of the trip were the sweet moments in the house and the nearby park with the family, but my next post will show you pictures for the few times we ventured further into the city. Stay tuned!

Posted by Aanna on Friday, July 5th, 2013

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