Well, that was quite the waiting game and frustrating. For the 30 minute wait we were entertained by this very touchy-feely, lovey-dovey couple that made me want to throw up! Lol! I would consider myself an affectionate person but I definitely don’t “pet” Jake nor are we all over each other in public. As an innocent bystander, I was super glad no kids were around...it was that inappropriate. Anywho, after the grossness we were subjected to at the “waiting island “ at the airport, I was sure ready to start the next leg of our trip.
Due to the economical rental car company we chose to book thru, I had this gut feeling once we got there they would only have one person checking people out. Thankfully there were four people manning the counter and Jose had use driving out of there in a reasonable amount of time! We hopped into our boxey rental Jeep Renegade and were looking forward to our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge!
This picture is actually from when we came back through on our last day because when we arrived there was too much fog to see the view. But as we initially crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and became engulfed in fog, it was a bit eerie feeling...what if the bridge collapsed at that moment? Luckily we were just fine!
After a whole slew of traffic and a stop at Trader Joe's to pick up supplies, we arrived in Santa Rosa and enjoyed a wonderful evening with family. Jake's aunt and uncle have these gorgeous patios at their home with a vegetable garden, tons of beautiful flowers and plants galore! It sure put our garden back home to shame!
For dinner, we were invited to join Jake's aunt and uncle at their friends' vineyard for dinner. We enjoyed a private tour of Turtle Vines Vineyard in Sebastopol, which is in the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is in their backyard and their most recent harvest yielded 7 tons of grapes...pretty impressive for a backyard vineyard! And their Pinot Noir is the best I’ve ever tasted!
Since it was our honeymoon, we decided to splurge and go glamping at Chanslor Ranch for our last evening before heading to San Francisco. We weren't sure what to expect at this ranch but it ended up being very charming and the view from the bed was gorgeous! It was pretty cool because everything you would need was right there...a bowl, water and towel to wash your face, a wood burning stove to add warmth, a cozy bed to snuggle in, and a gorgeous view of the bay!
Once our bellies were full, we drove back to our tent and got ready to relax. The restrooms were about a 10 minute walk, or a short drive, from the tent so we made sure to take care of business before we turned in for the night. It was a chilly and breezy evening so we started a fire in the wood burning stove. The flames reflecting off the canvas ceiling were so pretty and peaceful. But then about 20 minutes later we were roasting so we opened up a couple of the flaps! Between the fire, fleece blanket and down comforter we were both sweating! I would like to say we enjoyed a peaceful and well rested nights sleep but that was not the case. There was this beeping noise THE WHOLE NIGHT. Even with my earplugs in I could still hear it. So I was pretty exhausted and a bit cranky by morning.
We wanted to get up super early to beat the traffic on our way back to San Francisco. We took highway 1 so we could enjoy the ocean view during our drive. Getting up at 5:30am was definitely worth it though! Not just for the views and traffic free driving but we happened to drive into Tomales Bay right at the perfect time! Their local bakery, Tomales Bakery, just put out their fresh pastries and coffee! Oh man, were they delicious and turned my grumpiness right around!
As we were driving down Highway 1, bicyclists were riding up in droves, with motorists patiently waiting behind them, driving ever so slowly. I give those bicyclists a lot of credit...that is some steep terrain!
Once we arrived at the Golden Gate Bridge, we were able to stop and check out the view on our way into San Francisco.
As we drove to our hotel, the historic Argonaut Hotel, we experienced our first San Francisco drive on the steep streets. They were so steep I was nervous what would happen if our breaks failed! We had quite the hike later in the day and I bet San Franciscoians have great quads!
Upon arriving at our hotel, we enjoyed checking out the views from our first stay at Fisherman's Wharf! It was fun to be right in the thick of everything and to just be able to walk everywhere we wanted to go. The one thing I definitely didn't expect was the constant smell of urine and all the homeless people. It was so bad I actually researched it to see what was going on. I found a very interesting article that stated "the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit spent three days surveying 153 blocks of downtown San Francisco to see what they would find. Their search turned up drug needles, garbage, and feces in concentrations comparable to some of the world's poorest slums." Read the full article here. I was pretty blown away by what the article found and that living conditions like that can be found here in the US.
Watching these guys make over a dozen drinks at once is pretty cool!
All in all we had a very enjoyable and relaxing mini-moon!
Blog post written by Amy Karras
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