It’s somewhat embarrassing to admit that we live 30 minutes from San Francisco and only make it there once a month, if we’re lucky. The same thing happened when I lived on Long Island. New York City was just a train ride away but often I took it for granted and chose to stay local.

Fortunately, one of the great things about living near such a great destination city like San Fran is that people like to visit which gives us added opportunities to venture in.

This week the All-Star’s hip younger cousin (a.k.a. Sad Cheerleader) came to visit us with her boyfriend and Tuesday we hopped in the car to scoop them up and grab some chow after their long day of sightseeing. It’s always an experience when venturing into any city and of course this was no different. We were there just before sunset so we caught the beauty that is dusk and of course all the lights coming alive. San Francisco with its steep hills and valleys reveals many fantastic vistas and peeks of twinkling night life.

I didn’t take a lot of shots, but here are a few that I Instagrammed. I love Instagram (follow me!). It makes me feel like I can actually take good photos.

This snap was taken midway down the crooked part of Lombard Street. See the full moon rising over the Bay Bridge? Pretty awesome.

san francisco moonrise

Here we have the Palace of Fine Arts Rotunda. I just love this place. The All-Star always likes to point out that a scene from The Rock was filmed in there. No one ever seems to care. Poor guy.


And what visit to San Francisco is complete without a peek at the Golden Gate Bridge. We made a stop at the Golden Gate Promenade to grab this one. Not my favorite, but I have others. 🙂

golden gate bridge

So that was our Tuesday evening. It really was the perfect day to go in.

Last night it rained and now everything is wet and was awoken way too early by rain water dripping onto the air conditioner. From 5:30 to 6:30am I lay there pretending I couldn’t here it. Yay, life. 😉

Just for fun, here’s a wet look at my favorite tree(s) in the yard. I thought the red leaves were its “flowers” but it looks like now some kind of seed is sprouting. I’m excited to see what they mature into! I’m guessing bigger seeds.

our yard

I’m hoping the sun will come out soon so I can get to work on my garden. There’s some herbs growing wild out there that I’d like to get into pots, mostly for esthetic purposes and so I can feel more in control (the mint is actually overstepping its bounds). I think the weed whacker also needs to make an appearance.

Happy Holy Week! (Is that an oxymoron?) 😉