About a week or so ago, my Grandma’s friend’s grand-daughter was confirmed (the Catholic sacrament). My Grandma is close to her friend’s family so she was also invited. They live in California, Livermore to be more specific, coincidentally, one of my Dad’s friends, Brent, lives fairly close by, so they invited me over and show me around San Francisco for a couple days.
Visiting Pier 39 in San Francisco
The trip down took about 2 days, and it was awesome. We got to see quite a few cool things, like Mount Shasta, Lake Shasta and just the general scenery between Oregon and California. Me and Brent already planned on meeting 1 day after we arrived, so I would also be able to meet Bev (my Grandma’s friend)’s family and attend the confirmation.
After the confirmation, I met with Brent, Irene (his wife) and one of their friends. They took me over to San Fran, where we picked up another one of their friends close to Pier 39. We decided to walk around Pier 39, which was awesome. There was so much stuff there, from a bunch of seals sleeping to shops that have autographed stuff from famous people. One thing that I noticed, I mentioned that Vancouver has a lot of cool cars, well California has a whole lot more, I even saw a Ferrari.
Cool California Cars
After Pier 39, we went to a Philippine restaurant. It was awesome and this restaurant was also where the Ferrari was. The only thing in the restaurant that upset me was watching the Trailblazers lose to the Grizzlies in the Playoffs (any Philippine restaurant needs basketball, lol).
An American Icon, the Golden Gate Bridge
The next day, the weather wasn’t as bad (we could actually see part of the Golden Gate Bridge), but the first thing to happen was an Amber Alert, thankfully they found the kid within a few hours, just as I woke up. We then went to a place where there are dozens of wind turbines, and it was a very windy day, so that was cool. After that, we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge, which was really cool (literally, it was a pretty chilly day). We walked part of it, just up to the first tower, it was really awesome, but because they were doing some maintenance, there were bikers on the same path as pedestrians. After that we went to Vista Point, which gives an amazing view of the bridge. There were also some old buildings that belonged to the military way back when, there were even empty cannon mounts. The buildings and stuff were just covered in graffiti though, which was a true shame because those were parts of history.
On the Streets of San Francisco
The island Vista Point is located on also had a ton of other cool things, like where the Nike missiles were placed, a lot of old buildings, some military, and even a seal hospital. We went to it and there were a lot of elephant seals there, they said that when elephant seals are 1 month old, they should be 300 pounds, the ones there were only 75 when rescued. Glad they are helping them though. On the way back to Fairfield, we went to Skywalker Ranch, where George Lucas lives, we only went to the entrance, but it was still cool. In Fairfield, we decided to go to the Jelly Belly factory. But before that, we went to a place where they display and sell awesome cars. There was an old Chevy Nova and a Chevelle, there was a Firebird, a Shelby Cobra replica, a Viper, a Mustang, and a lot more. In the Jelly Belly factory, they had a taste test place and they even had a bunch of weird flavors, like Boogers and Earwax (from the candy in Harry Potter). They also had a picture of Ronald Reagan made of jelly beans. The day after that, we were supposed to meet with my Grandma and head home, but since we had some time, we went to a neighborhood where there were wild peacocks and wild turkeys running around. It was cool, and 1 of the male peacocks had a huge tail, which he was flaunting.
Overall, it was an awesome trip, San Fran was awesome, Fairfield was cool and everywhere in between was just the same. Brent was cool and knew a lot about the area. So thanks Brent and Irene, really nice of you to take me around 🙂