San Francisco at Christmas Time

So about 2 months ago, my (Derek) facebook buddy Slim posted on her wall about a crazy deal that Southwest was having for holiday flights, and with our anniversary coming up, I jumped on it and surprised Sarah with a trip to San Francisco!  She literally had not clue until we got to the airport, which came with a few challenges- What about the kids?  How do I pack her clothes without knowing?  How do I know what to pack?  How do I hide the money spent?  Etc.  Well, a good magician never reveals his secrets, but I somehow managed to pull it off without a hitch and she was completely surprised…

First thing we did was head on over to Fisherman’s Wharf for a world famous clam chowder bread bowl.  It was pretty much cold and foggy the entire time we were in San Fran, and we were actually both sick for the entire trip- but it was better to be sick on vacation with no kids, than sick at home with them.

I used to work at a seafood restaurant, so I actually sort of like the fishy smell.

My lovely lady.

Later that afternoon, we headed over to Seal Rocks on the ocean side of San Francisco to visit the Sutro Baths ruins.  As we were walking down towards the beach, this lone flower caught my eye.

The fog was super thick, but it gave the whole place such a moody feel.

Evidently this used to be 7 huge public swimming pools between the 1890s and 1960s.  It burned to the ground, leaving the ruins.

The next day we visited Santa Cruz, which was almost completely the opposite weather wise- big, blue, and 72.

We walked out to the Surfing Museum to watch the (crazy) surfers surf near the cliffs.

There were a few spots where they would climb down the rocks, hop in, and paddle to the edge of the point to catch the perfect break.

For all of these shots, I literally layed down on the edge of the cliff with my arm hanging over.  This guy was probably 15-20 feet from the rocks, but you gotta do what you gotta do to catch the perfect wave I guess.

For our last day, we headed back to San Fran to do some more shopping around Union Square.  Here’s the view from our parking garage.

I love the texture of the Macy’s building.

Outside Macy’s Old Navy had a trailer set up where you could take awkward Christmas photos, complete with ugly holiday clothing.  Here is what resulted…

And of course, no San Fran trip would be complete without a trolley ride.

One of my favs.

Of course we had to do the tourist thing…

Some pics from the ride:

From the top of California St.

Chocolate lovers’ Mecca- Ghirardelli Square.

It was great to go to a big city at Christmas time- hopefully next time it will be New York!

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  • December 27, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    Brandon Kidd - Hey guys!! LOVE the shots of the pool ruins! Those are so awesome!! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

  • December 27, 2010 - 6:13 pm

    Debi Wandrey (The Mema) - Great shots!! So happy it all fell into place and you two had a great time! Can we do NY with you?? Sounds great!

  • December 28, 2010 - 1:20 am

    Troy grover - Love all the ts shots! Felt like we were there 🙂

  • December 30, 2010 - 5:14 am

    Jen Johnson - GREAT shots and GREAT surprise!

  • January 18, 2011 - 4:11 am

    Katelin Wallace Photography - So I stumbled upon your blog, love your work! I noticed that in your SF photos you have a picture of the older man shelling the crabs. I posted photos of him last year when I was up in SF! Love that he is still there 🙂 Here is the link to my blog of with photos of him if you want to check it out.

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