san francisco

Kicking off Spring Break in the Bay

When some of my fellow doc students asked me if I wanted to road trip it with them to San Francisco…my quick first response was…Yes! I can never say no to a trip to the Bay. As the day of departure got closer and closer, and the pile of school work got higher and higher…I began to second guess my decision to go on this weekend trip. Partially because of the work I had to do, partially because of the trips I was taking after the trip, and partially because I had never travelled with this group before and I wondered what might happen when 5 bright, young, strong, and opinionated women travel in a car together and stay in close living quarters for a couple of days. Days before the trip I thought of dropping out…which would have been the worst decision I could have made. It was a trip worth remembering!

Friday started off with a song-filled car ride with Jessica, Mari and Tara from the #bottomtotheBay with a stop in San Mateo for a quick bite to eat at 31st Union (see my Yelp review to get the details of that story) to kill time before Annie’s flight landed. Friday night was chill once Annie arrived at SFO. We checked into our hotel at Club Quarters near the Embarcadero, went to dinner near Pier 1 1/2 then called it a night.

The next day we walked the Embarcadero from the Port of San Francisco to Fisherman’s Wharf. We ate at a fantastic restaurant at Pier 39 called Fog Harbor Fish House and then went on a boat tour of the Bay. Afterwords, I got to see my niece then my friends Chris and Andy joined us on our walk up to Ghirardelli Square. We took a bus to Chinatown for foot massages then enjoyed a fabulous Italian dinner at Firenze by Night in North Beach. We finished off the night at a local saloon in the Tenderloin district called McTeagues. Since it was a late night, we slept in the next morning and then I was off to SFO to head back to San Diego while the rest of the gals continued on their spring break trip. 

A great question was asked on the first night of the trip, “What is your intention for this trip?” and initially I didn’t have an answer…I hadn’t really thought about it! It wasn’t until the next day that I realized what my intention was for this trip. I wanted to kick off my spring break in the bay with these four bright, young, strong, and opinionated women from school who I wanted to get to know better outside of the doctoral school setting. That is exactly what happened. I feel closer in many ways to each and every one of them. 

Here’s one of my favorite pics of the trip taken by Jessica. 

What a weekend to remember! Now that’s how to get Spring Break started off right!