The girls have been dreaming about going to San Francisco for two years. Ever since they became Juniors.
They worked hard to earn enough money to go. They spent hours and hours selling cookies and Fall Products. They went door to door and stood outside for hours at booth sales. They also got up early so we could hold our garage sale.
With all their hard work, it paid off. We got to go to San Francisco. Well, four out of our six older girls got to go. Sadly, one girl decided to drop out of girl scouts and one had parents that did not want her going.
We had a budget of $500 per person and we were able to stay on that budget. Our flight was booked early. We got a good deal of only $138 per person flying on Jet Blue.
Also, we had to walk out to the plane and go up the ramp like everyone did way before these girls were born.
On the way home, they sat with different girls.
Our flight was great. No problems at all. Once we landed we took the tram to the rental car location.
We rented through Thrifty Rental Car and we got a large mini van that held all of us and our luggage. The cost was $200. Not bad at all.
Then it was time to go bridge!!!!
So, they voted to just drive over the bridge rather then walk it. We could not have had more fun then we did. We all cheered, laughed, screamed, whooped and hollered. We had a blast!
The girls all had put on their bridging t shirts I got them while we were at the airport so they looked really cute too.
We then drove to Muir Woods. It is a beautiful place that is home to the worlds tallest Redwood Trees.
This is the location where the famous photographer, Ansel Adams, took his black and white photos. They now sell for thousands and thousands of dollars.
However, since we are all honest girl scouts, we were happy we paid.
We came across one tree that had fallen and was hallowed out too. All four fit in there too!
These trees are really big.
It was all healthy food. Everything was organic. There were no sodas. No water in bottles as they felt the plastic was bad for the world. No chips or junk food.
But, we were hungry and so we all found something to eat.
We all agreed we wouldn't eat there again. It wasn't very good and it cost way to much for what we got.
We loved Muir Woods but it was time to go. We still had not checked into our hotel yet.
We then drove back over the bridge. There is a fee to go one way over the bridge but one way is free.
We found our hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton near Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel was the biggest cost of our trip. Everything was so costly there and we had to have two rooms to fit all of us. Plus there is a $50 a night parking fee and the taxes are super high.
Silly me, didn't take any photos of the hotel. Guess I was to busy trying to get everyone checked in.
Once in our rooms we were not happy with the rooms they gave us. So, they switched us. We had connecting rooms and so we had the girls all sleep in one room and the adults were in the other. Since we left the connecting door open we were able to go back and forth with ease and could hear everything going on in the other room. This worked out great. The girls felt like they had their own space yet, we were right there to make sure everything was ok.
After we moved and got unpacked it was after 5:30pm.
The girls had wanted to go on ghost hunt but the tour started at 6:00pm and we had to drive to the place. We figured out we would not have enough time to make it plus, if we went that meant we wouldn't have dinner until after 9:00pm.
So, we skipped the ghost tour and went to dinner.
We walked down to Fisherman's Wharf for dinner. We voted and everyone decided that Italian food was what we would have.
Yes, you guessed it. We had lots and lots of laughs!
We didn't pay to go in but they had some strange things we could look out without paying. Like this two headed calf. Strange!
We were allowed to put 50 cents into this big old machine and all this clown/lady did was rock back and forth and laugh...and laugh...and laugh.
You couldn't help but laugh too.
Since everything was closing up we headed back to our hotel room. Everyone took showers and got ready for bed.
We watched tv until everyone was to sleepy to stay awake any longer and soon the sounds of heavy breathing and snoring was all we could hear...oh and the air conditioner.
Tomorrow will be all about our 2nd day in San Francisco. Our first day was so much fun, I wasn't sure if we could top it. But, we did!