Coming "home" makes me a wee bit nostalgic. OK, a lot nostalgic. Joel and I haven't been back to the Bay Area since I was pregnant with Ava, and the trips were short and really not too fun.
We survived our car ride down (actually, it went WAY better than we expected...thank the gods for DVD players and Pirate Booty!!), stayed in a rather questionable hotel room last night, and this morning got up bright and early to drive the last 45 minutes into the city. The fog was dense, and the toll to cross the Bay Bridge is now $4!
We made a beeline to Golden Gate Park, and to one of my favorite places ever, the Japanese Tea Garden. We walked around the garden for about an hour and had a "tea party" in the tea house. Ava thought the garden was very interesting, and was amazingly well behaved (no running, jumping, trying to dive into the ponds...). Emily rode in the Ergo on Joel's back and was happy as a clam.
This bronze Buddha statue was cast in 1790 and weighs over 9000 pounds...wow!
Since the California Academy of Sciences is still closed for rennovations and the De Young is a little bit over Ava's head, we decided to head over to the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium is a hands on science museum, and Ava and Joel had a great time with all of the exhibits. Emily and I hung out in the baby area for most of our time there, where she got to practice herearly walking skills by pushing around the small play tables. The best part about going to the Exploratorium? It was FREE because it's part of the same network of museums as OMSI is, where we are already members.
After our fun filled day, we headed to our hotel on Lombard Street to take naps (although Joel and I watched a donwload of the season finale of Battlestar Galactica). After that we headed to dinner with Joel's family to celebrate his youngest sister's graduation from dental school. Whew! What a day!