California Dreamin': 2017 Edition Part 1

Last summer we went to San Francisco, California for a work trip for Husband. It was the first time any of us had been to the West Coast, and I absolutely fell in love with so many aspects of that part of the country. I've been counting down to this year's trip ever since! I went into it with a small list of things we missed last year that we absolutely wanted to do this year, and I'm happy to say that we were able to check a lot of those off the list! It was a great trip; I'm already hoping to make it back out there again next year. So fun, and the girls were excellent travelers and had a blast exploring this new place (Afton went last year, but she was only 15 months old, so I don't think she really remembered it). 

The girls were perfect little gems the entire flight out west. They never fussed or complained, but we were certainly hungry when we finally landed! We found an authentic ramen place that wasn't going to be too far away, and we headed straight there. It was amazing! When Alaina suggested ramen for lunch, Kyle and I both were thinking about the freeze-dried stuff you can buy for $0.33, and we were not excited. But this was NOT that. It was DELICIOUS! Then we walked to one entrance of Golden Gate Park to let the girls enjoy some fresh air and sunshine before starting the drive to our rental house. 

We stayed in the cutest little rental house in Walnut Creek. We decided that a hotel for 10 days was neither the easiest for our family nor the most financially savvy, so we rented a VRBO house, and that was truly the best thing we could've done. Both girls loved that there was a hammock in the sunroom, and Afton had to check the "cherry" trees each day (they weren't actually cherries, but we never could figure out what they actually were).

Our first day there was Kyle's first work-day, so Alaina and I loaded up the girls and went into the city ourselves. We were an easy walk to BART (the train), and a friend of hers had recommended a bakery and park that we were excited to check out. Our first stop was Tartine Bakery, and it was so delicious. There was a line out the door, so we had no trouble spotting it, and, thankfully, the line moved very quickly, so the girls didn't get too antsy in their strollers. We had packed a picnic lunch, so we quickly picked treats from the bakery and walked the couple of blocks to Mission Dolores Park

This park was amazing! It had beautiful views of the city and an amazing playground. We passed a couple of fun-filled hours here, enjoying our picnic and treats, playing on the playground, and just enjoying lots of sunshine, fresh air, and San Francisco's amazing weather.

I think that's enough for one post! I took hundreds of pictures, and I can't wait to share more with you next week! So stay tuned. The best of San Francisco is still to come. :)

What travels do you have planned this year? Tell me in the comments! I love traveling, even if it's vicariously through my friends. :)