On Sunday, we had our last brunch with our best friend who is leaving California in 10 days. Then I took Smarty to taekwondo. Her dojo had a "fall cleaning" day that started right after the class, and Smarty volunteered to stay and help. While I don't like some things about her studio, I have to say that they are doing a remarkable job building a community, and I am glad that Smarty feels more and more at home in this multi-age community. She is eagerly looking forward to September belt promotion - she will earn a brown belt and can switch to black belt preparation classes training on a higher level and learning new techniques. In the evening of the same day, we met up for dinner at our house with our friends who have a daughter Smarty's age. Unfortunately, Smarty and this girl don't "click" on a deep level, and by the end of the evening Smarty just couldn't wait for their playdate to be over.
On Monday, we went on a day trip to San Francisco headlands. The weather was "summer in San Francisco - i.e. cold and grey. Despite that, The Golden Gate Bridge outlooks were completely overcrowded, because, apparently, many other people also thought that it would be a brilliant idea to go do "touristy stuff". We were lucky that we accidentally missed an exit and ended up in the park near Lands' End where we could enjoy the views of Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco side. Then we went on and visited Point Bonita (no lighthouse visit, too crowded) and Rodeo Beach, where we went on a nice hike. Smarty came on our trip grumpy wanting to stay home and read, but eventually started to enjoy it. It was our only opportunity to enjoy day tripping for a while. October also looks pretty busy considering that it's also Smarty's birth month.
This long weekend was a nice break that we all needed to really get used to the reality of summer being over. We are now getting ready for busy months ahead with the next chance to take a small break for Veterans' Day.
Have you done any special during this long weekend in US?