Friday we decided to be brave and drive into San Francisco instead of taking public transportation. It turned out to be a great decision, because we got to see a lot of neat architecture and drive on the hilly streets. First we went to the Mission Dolores, the oldest building in San Francisco. It was built in 1776 as a Spanish mission by Father Junipera Serra. It was a beautiful space, as was the newer basilica connected to it. We strolled through the cemetery, which had some very old graves of people from the city’s beginnings, and the museum, which focused on the lives of the Indians who lived in the area.
Next we drove to Alamo Square to see the Painted Ladies, a row of famous Victorian houses. We had a picnic there, just like the Tanners did in the opening credits of Full House. Then we drove a few blocks over to see the house that was used as the outside of the Tanners’ house in Full House. Lexi didn’t recognize it, because it is painted a dark color now. By then, grandma was already a pro at driving up and down the hilly streets, so we decided to drive down Lombard Street, the crookedest street in America. It was fun and also very scenic with rows of hydrangeas along the street.
We then drove back to Fisherman’s Wharf to board a Duckboat for a 90 minute tour. The Duckboat drove on land for awhile and then drove right into the water, which Torsten loved. The kids both enjoyed taking a turn steering the boat from the captain’s seat. We saw many parts of the city on the tour and heard some interesting facts, while also singing along to songs and the kids blowing their duck whistles. After the tour, we drove back to Pacifica to eat at the world’s fanciest Taco Bell right on the beach. There were lots of surfers to watch while we ate. Then we went back to the hotel and walked on the beach before Lexi swam briefly in the pool and the rest of us got in the hot tub.