Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Planet Earth Apr17_SF2

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.

Apr17_SF3We 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.

Apr17_SF1

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!

Good night san francisco 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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10 comments:

Kim said...

Oh, I love San Francisco! Glad Anna had such a good time!

Christy said...

We just bought "This is San Francisco" by M. Sasek from a book sale - it is brand new and we got it for $1. I haven't read it yet but I couldn't pass it up. I love San Francisco. I haven't been in a long time, but I look forward to going again someday. I love Anna's reactions to everything!

Pathfinder Mom said...

We love San Francisco. I've been there a couple of times, but not since Tornado Boy was born. The sea lions smell!!

I love that Anna was so excited about seeing the big city. Her quip about sea monsters is so cute.

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

Yeah!!! So happy the sea lions are back!!!

MaryAnne said...

How exciting that Anna loved San Francisco so much!

Ticia said...

Now I have the song stuck in my head. But, it sounds like a fun trip. I didn't realize San Jose had grown bigger than San Fransisco, that's kind of amusing.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I can't wait to start some road trips! I love Anna's view of the sea lions - they are kind of scary up close :)

Debbie said...

I loved San Fransisco! I would love to bring Selena there someday. I am glad that Anna had so much fun!

Sue Jackson said...

Sounds like so much fun! We LOVE travel (just got back from a 10-day spring break road trip to Louisiana), and I would love to take my kids to SF (we live on the east coast).

It's so much fun to connect travel destinations with favorite books - great idea! We just finished From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler on audio, and we're all dying to visit NYC!

Sue

kathy said...

I took my 1.5 year old twins to SF last year.. I wish they were a little bit older to have an opinion... need to go back except it is not close from VA

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