This past Saturday we switched from virtual to actual travel and visited the famous city that was mentioned in several “travel the world” books that we read recently. I am talking, of course, about San Francisco. We live in San Jose that is about an hour away and technically bigger than SF, but Anna doesn’t perceive San Jose as a big city since we live in one of its quiet residential areas. She was super excited to go to San Francisco. She kept saying from her car seat, Isn’t it amazing? We are in a real city! Look at all those houses! It’s so wonderful. I guess some of it was dramatic reenactment of Going to Town from Little House series, but she acted as a proper little tourist.
We chose to go to Fisherman Wharf during this expedition, since I haven’t been there since Anna was born. I was curious to see if the sea lions have returned there. Good news – they are back even though the colony is somewhat smaller than it used to be. It was quite a walk to get to Pier 39 from where we parked, and I expected Anna to start asking about playgrounds, but she seemed quite entertained by sights, sounds and smells of the big city.
In the evening I asked Anna to describe her visit to San Francisco. Here is her account: San Francisco was wonderful! We drove in the car, and then we were in San Francisco. We had snacks, then we saw… a lot of things, and then we drove back. Me: What did we see? Anna: We saw seagulls, big boats, a museum and street musicians. Me: And did we see any animals? Anna: Yes! We saw… those black guys… sea lions! They looked like sea monsters!
We still have a few things planned for the rest of the week – I reserved Sea Lion and Good Night San Francisco, watch Annie and the Little Green Plane and maybe build a bridge (I am not sure that I feel that crafty or adventurous, but it sure looks good!)
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