Monday, January 22, 2018

Chinatown San Francisco

One of the other places we visited in San Francisco was Chinatown. This is the oldest and most established Chinatown in the North America and the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia. In the first photo, you can see the famous Dragon's Gate entrance. There were so many beautiful things to see in the shops and they also had a parade while we were there, as shown in my video. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sea Lions at Pier 39

My grandkids and I really enjoyed seeing the sea lions at Pier 39 in San Francisco. They are fun to watch, especially when they are playing, barking, or just swimming around in the water. As you can see from my photos, most of them just lay there basking in the sun and napping. I took the first two photos by zooming in on them from a walkway on the west side of the sea lion docks and the second two photos were taken on a different day from the east side of the docks. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge and part of the Bay in the distance in the third photo. The first sea lions showed up at this location after the 1989 earthquake hit San Francisco and before long they began to arrive in droves and just stayed. Protected from predators and with a good supply of food from the Bay, they have been here ever since and have become a big tourist attraction.  If you want the hear them barking, check out my short video below:

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Downtown San Francisco at dusk

I took these photos through the windows of the restaurant on the 46th floor of our hotel in San Francisco as the sun was going down. The views were fantastic!

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Painted Ladies"

In American architecture, the term "painted ladies" refers to Victorian and Edwardian houses painted in three or more colors that enhance their architectural details. One of the most famous examples of "Painted Ladies" is this row of seven Victorian houses on Steiner Street in San Francisco, across from Alamo Square park. Also known as the "Seven Sisters" or "Postcard Row", all of them were built between 1892 and 1896 by a developer named Matthew Kavanaugh, who lived nearby. This block of houses may look familiar because it often appears in photographs of the city in the media and has also appeared in numerous movies and TV programs, including in the opening credits of the American television series Full House, which is one of my granddaughter's favorite shows and one of the reasons we just had to go see them while we were in San Francisco. It was cloudy the morning we visited, but at least it wasn't raining! My last photo shows a closeup of the sign in the window of the house on the end, just in case you were wondering what it says.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Haight Ashbury

Some nearby houses just off of Haight Street.

Having grown up in the 60's and gone to college in the 70's, there was no way I was leaving San Francisco without visiting the Haight Ashbury district. My daughter wasn't really interested and I think she was just humoring me by going. My grandkids didn't really care, but once we got there, we had a lot of fun. I bought tie dyed shirts for everyone and we had lunch at a cute little restaurant on Haight Street. We were there on New Year's Eve, the day before recreational marijuana was officially legal in California, but from the smell of things as we were walking down the street, there were a few people who were definitely not waiting for the new law to kick in on January 1st.

Update: I have added an additional 7 photos to this post because of a special request in the comments from Debbi!

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Redwood Forest

Entrance to the park.

These trees are tall!

A National Park Service ranger giving a talk about the trees.

My two oldest grandchildren ahead of me on one of the trails.

One of the first places we visited while we were staying in San Francisco was Muir Woods National Monument which is located about 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. We spent the morning walking among old growth coastal redwoods and enjoying the natural beauty of this amazing forest. The trails are well maintained and easy to walk on and even though there were quite a few people there during our visit, it was still quiet and peaceful as everyone seemed to be respectful and just as much in awe of these giant trees as we were. My photos really don't do this place justice. You have to see it in person. My grandson and I even saw a black tailed deer near one of the trails, but it was too quick for me to get a good photo.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Beach mural

I'm finally back from my blogging break which ended up being way longer than I expected. I came down with the flu the week before Christmas (one day after getting my flu shot...hmmm) and was sick in bed for 4 days including all day Christmas. Fortunately my doctor gave me a prescription for Tamiflu which helped tremendously. I was still able to drag my myself onto an airplane with my daughter and two oldest grandkids for our long planned holiday trip to San Francisco and we had a great time! I took this photo on the side of a little shop somewhere near Stinson Beach in Marin Country just north of the city after a day visiting Sonoma and the wine country. We managed to make it to the beach just in time to view the sunset. I'll probably be posting a few photos from my trip in the coming days.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Monday, December 18, 2017


I will be taking a blogging break until after the holidays so I can have more time to spend with my family. I leave you with this photo of my youngest grandson decorating the Christmas tree.

Friday, December 15, 2017


The pretty little pavilion is located in Kleman Plaza downtown and houses the spiral stairs leading up from the underground parking garage. Those are poinsettias in the planter in front of it.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Holiday concert

Today I am thankful for my grandchildren, who bring so much love and happiness into my life. Here is a photo taken last weekend of my granddaughter singing at a holiday concert.

Linking to Thankful Thursday.