photo of the day (san francisco day 3)

Today was Zki and my 18th wedding anniversary. What fun to spend it here on this lovely vacation. Today was to be a work day for Zki and Jon but first he kindly offered to show us the museum at the USS Hornet where he works as a volunteer. He took us up to the room that he restored and is now used as a home for his Ham radio club.

Then he took us around the ship and showed us the sights before we headed over to his house in Berkeley so that I could program some addresses into the GPS and Clare could meet Jon’s cats. He still refuses to tell us how many he actually has and I didn’t bother to count. From there we split up. Zki and Jon headed out to work and the kids and I headed out for some lunch and some sightseeing.

It was a fairly uneventful day. After a quick lunch at the Homemade cafe, the kids and I headed up to Tilden Regional Park to see what we could see. Unfortunately, most of what we did see was pretty disappointing. The carousel was closed for renovations. The Little Farm which every raved about on Yelp and tripadvisor.com was not much more than Stew Leonard’s petting zoo. The lake was filled with blue algae and there was a fee to swim in it. It was too hot to want to walk around the Botanic Garden and it was so poorly marked that we couldn’t find the entrance anyway. The last thing we tried was the best. We headed out to check out the Steam Train and for a couple of bucks a piece, we had a 12 minute ride on a steam train built for munchkins. The scenery was lovely despite the heat but after the steam train, we made our way back through the steep and windy streets of Berkeley and back to the hotel to rest and maybe hit the pool. It was so much cooler by the bay than in the hills by at least 15 to 20 degrees.

Once we got back to the room we were treated to the second high point of the day (after the Steam Train ride.) A company that tricks out cars for movies and photo shoots was working on some cars in the hotel parking lot just under our window.

After a short nap, we headed out for a quick bite and then a movie. Clare and I went to see Kit Kittredge, An American Girl and Nick and Zki chose to see Hancock. We all enjoyed our respective movie choices. Kit Kittredge was much better than I expected it would be and I am looking forward to owning a copy of it when it comes out on DVD. Zki and Nick liked Hancock but I don’t think as much as Clare and I liked Kit.

Tomorrow we pack up and head out of Emeryville and over to the hotel we are staying in in San Francisco.

~ by photobella on 7 July, 2008.

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