Friday, September 14, 2012

Everywhere you look

Tuesday morning in Oakland, CA I did a wonderful 7 mile run (8:48 pace). My friend Rachel, the beautiful bride that we were visiting, lives across the street from a 3 mile loop around the gorgeous Lake Merritt. The route is pretty flat and gives you fantastic city views while you run. I even ran into fellow blogger and (not fellow) superfast runner Roserunner. I knew from her blog she ran there, so I kept an eye out for her the whole time. She was pretty shocked to see me, you know, randomly running on her neighborhood route on the other side of the country, and I was all stalkerish like "Hey, I've been looking for you this whole time!". It was still pretty cool though. 

After that, we had a whirlwind day of sightseeing. We walked at least 6 miles, and in my book, that's a lot of walking.

First stop - the Full House house!

I insisted on touching the steps that Uncle Jesse had touched, even though Eric tried to tell me they probably just filmed the outside and the set was somewhere else and he was never actually there.

Second stop: Golden Gate Bridge. Sort of. We randomly got off the bus not really knowing where we were and started walking, which worked out great because we got to see this really pretty former military base/current park called the Presidio. 

Random cool stuff

National Cemetery

We even got a day with hardly any fog!

We walked all the way across and back #proof

We saw a seal catching fish!
 After we learned all about the Golden Gate and how it was built from the plaques below, we took a cruise around the bay and went under the Golden Gate. It was another audio tour so now we are truly experts on the city.

After our cruise, we walked around Fisherman's Wharf some more, had dinner, and then headed back to Rachel and Travers for our last night on the West Coast. 

Wednesday morning, we went on a walking tour of Oakland. It was pretty detailed into architecture, which isn't really our thing, but we saw some cool stuff.

Before we left, I went on my last California run, around Lake Merritt again, 10 miles at an 8:43 pace. Then we packed up our stuff and headed to the airport. We took a red eye flight, which theoretically is smart because by sleeping on the plane you don't waste a day flying. Except you can't actually sleep on the plane, so you end up wasting a day acting like a zombie. I'm not complaining though, I'll take one sleepless night for such a fantastic vacation. 

We got back to our apartment around noon on Thursday, and pretty much alternated sitting on the couch and passing out on the couch. I wanted to go to bed early, but the time difference was sort of still messing with me. I managed to wake up and do 7 miles this morning, which was a minor miracle. No watch, because I was too sad about leaving California to face how slow I was. 

And now it's back to real life. 


  1. You should have tried to sneak into the back yard of the full house house and see if it was like it was in the show. I bet uncle jesse was at least there once.

    It's a good thing you found awesome places to run on your own. I asked my sister and she's been out of town for the past couple of days, so you guys couldn't hang out anyway.

  2. I love that city! If it just wasn't so darn chilly and so far away...I would live there in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing the photos....awesome!

  3. My shirt!! I feel like the tables have turned and instead of me stealing your clothes when I was in 7th grade, now you can steal mine! I guess I deserve it. That's a favorite shirt though so I'll be needing it back now that I can fit into it again (horrayy!!!)

  4. ahhhh my favorite city in the world. Sigh.....

    We have been trying to move there for the last five years - eventually it will happen, right? then you guys can come back and visit!

  5. You are so speedy in CA! By the time I finish spawning and get back into shape, you may be too fast for me now :)

  6. You were so so so cute when I ran into you! You picked a perfect week, that is a rare fogless view in the City! OMG did you get to tour INSIDE the Fox Theatre? It is indescribably amazing. I feel so lucky to live 1 mile from the best music venue ever.

  7. That looks like an amazing trip. SF is on my list of great places to visit! Do you love Uncle Jesse or John Stamos? I can remember having a poster of him as Blacky on General Hospital in my bedroom as a kid. Yup, I am old.

  8. Very cool that you met Roserunner! Looks like you had a great trip. I agree that red-eyes are worth the zombie day that follows so you don't waste valuable normal waking hours on a plane.

  9. I'm glad you made it to the Full House house. I would have had that on my list of places to go as well. San Francisco is another city Allan has been anxious to go to. I think he's been there twice but they were both short visits. Great pictures of your adventures, as always!


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