Christmas and New Year San Francisco with
What a lovely time spent with Kyle and Rachel, Cameron and Cora. The adventure began the day after Christmas. The plane landed safely on the ground, I grabbed luggage off the carousel, and out the door, there was my family waiting. What great joy it was to see them all again. It's so funny how everyone wants to talk and ask questions all at once! It was truly delightful.
Our first excursion was a drive to Half Moon Bay, where we dined in a seaside restaurant called Moss Beach Distillery. The views of the Pacific Coast were breath taking. The delicious food and Christmas Western Snowman decorations were captivating. The cake taker however was the legend of the ghost called The Blue Lady who haunts the place. Her story is provided with the menu for your intrigue while you await your seafare.
Sunday began with a visit to John Ortberg's church, followed by my personal Tour Guide Rachel taking me to San Fran where we viewed Alcatraz Isle, Cable Cars, Sea Lions and Ghiradelli Square. But laughter bubbles up every time I remember her intentional effort to show me Lombard Street with its twists and turns. It was her first run behind the wheel down one of SF's notorious "hills".
Driving up that hill was challenging. Heading down it, with the back end of the car up in the air at ear level was hilarious, frightening and thrilling all at the same time. All Rachel could say was "I'm glad I got brakes last week and I think my underarms are really wet"
What a joy it was to spend the next day with Cam and Cora at Central Park playground - complete with Japanese Garden and Coi fish. Then there was the blast we had when their Christmas presents arrived by mail, just after we finished praying that they would!
New Year's Eve day was another Joy of THE Season. We drove to and across the Golden Gate Bridge and explored and played at the outdoor Discovery Museum. The park celebrated Happy Noon Year with bubbles, and jams and of course, a ball drop.
New Year's Day entailed an early workout trip with Kyle to Seal Point Park. The hiking trail runs the waters edge and the children's playground gave Grammy some climb time too. It was really nice to have a long and insightful conversation with my son.
I hated to leave. So much that there wasn't time for...and that California sunshine, and those irresistible grand children. Rachel's outdo herself cooking every night and insider information about Tackk from Kyle...the trip may well have made this the best Christmas ever.
Every part of the journey seemed so Divinely planned. The flights home were smooth and Delta provided free movie viewing in the 'Spirit of the Season'.
Well 2015, we are off to a really great start. Happy New Year!!