California – San Francisco

After coming back from Puerto Rico, I had to immediately start packing for another week long trip. I had two days at home before leaving for California on December 30th. I was really excited for the trip because I’ve been wanting to return to California since my last visit 6 years ago and never had an opportunity until now. Big thanks to AJ for making this trip possible 🙂

While in California, I explored San Francisco, Monterey, much of the Peninsula, and even got the opportunity to spend a day at Yosemite. However, this blog post will be dedicated to the time I spent in the wonderful city of San Francisco.


Pier 39 – Right after getting picked up from the airport, I had my first meal at Eight AM, a brunch restaurant located in Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco. Three avocado toasts and a cup of fresh fruit later, I was ready to explore. The first place I visited was Pier 39, a busy bayside pier lined with shops, fun attractions, and scenic views.

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My favorite picture taken at the pier.
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Sea-lions! Spent some quality time (25 mins) watching them.
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Taking flight
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Caught the end of a magic show
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Stopped to watch an amazing street performance as we were leaving the pier

Other than visiting Pier 39, I also went to Lincoln Park Golf Course. AJ took me there to get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge from afar.

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A great view of the Golden Gate Bridge found along the golf course path.
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Lincoln Park Golf Course

Lands End – Ended my first day in California with a lovely sunset.

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Golden Gate Bridge Hike

On the second day in California, we completed a long hike from Crissy Field, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and into Sausalito. After the hike, we took a ferry to the San Francisco Ferry Building. According to our iPhones, we walked a total of 13.5 miles this day. Below are some highlights from the hike:

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Start of the hike
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Made a stop at Fort Point, located just below the Golden Gate Bridge
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The fort was designed to protect the San Francisco Bay from foreign attacks.
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Right before crossing the bridge
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Spotted dolphins from the bridge!
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Hello from the other side! The entire bridge is around 1.7 miles.
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Welcome to Sausalito ~
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Doesn’t it remind you of Italy?
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After hiking through Sausalito, we boarded a ferry that took us back to San Francisco.
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Alcatraz Island
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Back in San Francisco!

I would highly recommend this hike. It’s fairly easy and very scenic. It took us around 4.5 hours to complete the entire hike (with many stops along the way).

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