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Thursday, March 31

Warning: This post may be photo heavy.

If you're just joining the party, the Mister and I were offered an opportunity to head out to San Francisco for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Catch up on the rest of the trip here:
Christmas Day & Sunday
Monday
Chocolate Making
Rainy Day Tuesday
Muir Woods
Wine Country

On the way back from wine country, we stopped in Sausalito at my step-mom's recommendation. It was a laid back little city just outside San Francisco.

I was pretty drained from all the time in the car, so the Mister jumped online for a coffee recommendation. He took us to Cibo, which was probably the best coffee we had the entire trip. The caffeine perked me right up.


Once we were back in the city, we decided to try to find a pizza joint since Tuesday's search had been a bust.
We didn't wind up getting pizza at Uncle Vito's, though it looked amazing. Instead we both opted for hot subs. They were too good to resist.
My new friend, whom we met on the way back to the hotel.
On Thursday, we took the BART down to the Mission District. This was the day we logged the most miles walking in the city. The Mister's pedometer record 14 miles that day. Unfortunately, we didn't seem to take any pictures, which is a really a shame because Mission Street and Valencia Street were really, really cool parts of town. This what I have to share.
There were bike shops all throughout the neighborhood. The Mister really liked this style of street bike.
Of course we stopped for coffee. This was the inside of Four Barrel Coffee, which the Mister wanted to try because they use the slow-brewing drip method. The man is dying for a Chemex.
We also headed to the back of the coffee shop to check out their in-house coffee roaster. We picked up a bag of espresso to bring back for a friend that had been roasted just that week.


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Wednesday, March 30

Warning: This post may be photo heavy.

If you're just joining the party, the Mister and I were offered an opportunity to head out to San Francisco for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Catch up on the rest of the trip here:
Christmas Day & Sunday
Monday
Chocolate Making
Rainy Day Tuesday
Muir Woods

After we finished exploring Muir Woods, we continued up Highway 101 to Sonoma Valley. The Mister had never been to an A&W Root Beer (we don't have them where we live in SC), so that's where we stopped for lunch. I was thrilled to find that they still serve root beer in a frosted mug.

We stopped along the way to take more photos and enjoy the beautiful California countryside.



My biggest interest was in visiting Cline's Cellars because Red Truck is my favorite wine. I found out once we got there, that they had sold the brand a few years ago. That didn't stop us from enjoying the tasting. Then we went to explore the grounds.

Behind the tasting room is the California Missions Museum. We didn't take any photos while in the museum, but we enjoyed seeing the models of the missions and learning about the history  of each church.

Beginning in 1769 and for the next 50 years, Spanish Missions were built along California’s “El Camino Real”. Spanning 650 miles from San Diego to Sonoma, the El Camino Real and the Missions that occupy it are a rare legacy of California history.

In 1939, the California Mission Models made their debut at the World’s Fair at Treasure Island. Their construction was based upon two years of research and was completed by a team of German cabinetmakers under the direction of Italian artist Leon Bayard de Volo. All were designed to scale, are faithful representations of the original missions, and are finely detailed down to the shrubbery and the figures utilized. Materials used in their construction include wood, clay, glass, cast iron, paperboard and real plant material. As a collection, the models are acclaimed as an extraordinary and accurate depiction of California history.
In 1998, the Cline Family saved the models from being auctioned off individually, and in 2005 created the museum as a fitting showcase for these historical treasures. In addition to the models, the museum also features a life-size figure of Father Junipero Serra, mission paintings by artists Robert Morris and Henry Nelson, and two stained-glass panels originally housed in Mission Dolores prior to the 1906 earthquake.
Images taken from Cline's Cellars
After we finished at Cline's, we headed across the street to Jacuzzi Family Vineyards. I don't remember how, but the Jacuzzi family is related to the Cline family. I think maybe their daughter married into the Cline family. They are also the family that invented jacuzzis.




The vineyard was incredibly picturesque. We also happened to be visiting right in the middle of the olive harvesting season. So in addition to wine tasting, there were numerous olive oils to taste too.

The Mister was thrilled to see both vineyards generated electricity using solar energy.

Honestly, after two vineyards, I had had about enough of wine country. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we had chosen to do a tour because we would have learned more. The tasting rooms were super crowded with tour buses that came every hour.

So we decided to head back to San Francisco early.

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Tuesday, March 29

I've decided it's high time I finished these honeymoon recaps up.

Warning: This post may be photo heavy.

If you're just joining the party, the Mister and I were offered an opportunity to head out to San Francisco for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Catch up on the rest of the trip here:
Christmas Day & Sunday
Monday
Chocolate Making
Rainy Day Tuesday

On Wednesday, we rented a card to go to Muir Woods and Napa/Sonoma Valley. Going over the Golden Gate Bridge first thing in the morning was pretty amazing.

We were traveling along Highway 101, which had some amazing views. You could see the ocean at almost every turn.

The Mister stopped along the way so we could take some photos of ourselves. The wind was freezing cold, but the scenery was gorgeous.


Then we arrived at Muir Woods. On the drive into the park, we saw a deer. It was pretty cool how close we were able to get to him.


Seeing the trees of Muir Woods was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We took tons of pictures in the park. I'm going to share a few of them here, but if you want to see all of them, you can visit my FB album HERE.
Most of the trees were nearly 1,000 years old.
The trunk of this fallen tree was nearly as tall as I was.



Up next...wine country!

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Monday, March 28

These have taken me a while to respond to, but I've received two blog awards in the last few weeks. Thank you, ladies!
Jami from Bowling Adventures gave me the Stylish Blogger award, and Amber from Brunch with Amber gave me the 7 Fact Blog Award.
Both awards basically ask you to list seven things about yourself...which I've done for a couple different awards I've received in the past. So I'm going to cheat a little bit, and direct you HERE to read all kinds of interesting facts.

And if you're reading this post. Consider yourself tagged. You've been awarded either award. List your 7 facts and pass the award along to 5 bloggers.
By the way, Amber is hosting a fabulous giveaway this week. In honor of reaching 200 followers, she's giving away a "Keep Calm and Blog On" poster in your choice of color.




Click her button to go to her blog and find out how to enter.

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Now that the Spring Blog Challenge is over, I wanted to share the good mail I received for the Spring Swap, hosted by Janna and Liz.


My swap partner is Amy, and she spoiled me. Clearly, she picked up on my coffee addiction.  My package included two new coffee mugs and a Starbucks gift card.
She also included a lovely-smelling candle, new flip flops and and some pretty pink jewelry. Thanks so much, Amy!

Then, another complete surprise came in the mailbox last week. Janna sent me a little spring love as well. She's been an awesome partner; I'm so glad Mamarazzi pair us up back in February. This package included a fabulous shoe/purse coffee mug, Funfetti cake mix and the new Adelle cd 21 (not pictured because it hasn't left my car cd player.)

I have to say that I'm feeling pretty spoiled. And this Friday, the Favorite Things swap packages go out. I can't wait to send my goodies to Angel.



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