I have been resistant to making posts on here because of the slow photo uploads on Typepad but I need to get over that!
I realise its been some time so I will begin with backtracking to May.
We celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary on May 23rd & decided to avoid the holiday crowds in the campgrounds by driving up to San Francisco to visit my brother Mike and SIL Elena.
We love San Francisco & also love being around Mike & Elena so it was a win-win.
They introduced us to Sing Star (sort of like Guitar Hero but with singing...almost like karaoke but scores on technicalities. You must hit the pitch and sustain the notes in order to score) which was good silly fun.
We made a great steak dinner, had yummy wine on the night of our anniversary which was so much more cozy and how we were feeling than going out.
They took us to Golden Gate Park where we got a nice walk in, went to the Japanese Tea Garden there which is straight out of a dream.
Jasper loved it all. He adores being in nature and traveling it seems.
We spent some time in North Beach, had a long & lazy romantic Italian lunch while Jasper napped in his Uppababy stroller.
Did you know there is a Jasper Street in SF? We didn't either but we drove right past it in North Beach.
We picked up a super tasty Italian dessert at Stella Cafe to bring up to Eugenia's for a bbq cookout in Marin County.
If you are ever in SF and like a great tiramisu-esque creamy dessert (sacripantina), check this place out.
My pal Eugenia and her family (Michael and their two groovy kidlets- Mikailah & Dylan) used to live in LA years ago.
Eugenia and I worked on various theatre/live shows together. She directed me in a show at the Actor's Gang in Hollywood and we were 2/3 of the International Kittens- as in Chris Wells & the Highballs featuring the International Kittens. Teehee.
I was Mina the Italian spy and she was Plenty the British one...fun gig.
Anyway, it was so great to reconnect after 7 years!! and to see the idyllic hamlet they are so lucky to live in.
Just 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and SF, they live in Fairfax in a great old clapboard house with a Southern style front porch and a garden filled with strawberries, blueberries and herbs- ah yes a gazebo too- in the backyard.
We did a short hike in the adjacent redwood grove before we began grilling. Ah...such a nice time.
We stayed through the long weekend and then left very early to drive down the Pacific Coast Highway on the way back.
Jasper said his goodbyes to Uncle Mike & Aunt Elena...
Then we got to Monterey and went to the amazing Monterey Aquarium, had a great seafood lunch in Cannery Row of Steinbeck's fame.
Jasper LOVED the aquarium and was wide awake the whole time there (about 3 hours) which surprised me.
He especially liked the jellies, the seahorses and was mesmerized by the fish in general.
We drove down further to dreamy Big Sur where we did a nice nature hike. Matt wore Jasper in our Girasol "Big Sur" wrap which is named in homage of the region.
A wonderful trip and have to say this year has been the best yet.
The full set of photos and videos are up on my Flickr page...lots more to see!