Happy Hour with Shades: The San Francisco Treat

This time last year we celebrated Jessica entering adulthood in the Rice-a-Roni capital of the world…you guessed it, San Francisco.  While we did not get to enjoy a nice Rice-a-Roni meal (I would have liked to eaten Rice-a-Roni just for the irony) we did however, enjoy some good food and got the see the sights of a great American city.

We stayed near the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco that looked out onto the bay and provided a great view of Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge.

If you have never been to San Francisco there are two “musts” that you have to do.  The first, you have to take the boat to Alcatraz and take the tour.  It is touristy and it is busy, but it’s awesome.  Take a visit to the rock and step inside one of the cells and think about living in that tiny space for years on end. Although, if you live in San Francisco your apartment may be that size since real estate is so pricey!

Second recommendation: go visit the Haight-Ashbury district.  Take a walking tour with an authentic hippy.  Ours happened to hand out buttons to everyone in the group and wear cut off jean jorts…I loved it!!!  If you see a fire truck or a police car roll by check out the symbol for the district that they serve on the truck or car….it may look a lot like the Grateful Dead symbol.

San Francisco is a city that has something for everyone.  So put on your white pants, add a scarf for flare and some vintage motorcycle goggles for a touch of weird and head on out to the Castro District. When you get there, tell them Shades sent you!!



View from the boat to Alcatraz
A bit rainy on Alcatraz Island that day...

Houses on the Haight Ashbury tour. Each house represents a season.
Earning my sea legs...

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