Thursday, April 28, 2011

San Francisco Vacation - Day 3, 4 & 5

Day 3

Friday morning we headed to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, CA that was only about 15 minutes from Charlie and Janet's house. We had to wait in a long line for our turn to go on the factory tour, but I enjoyed seeing everything going on around us. The thing I enjoyed the best while we waited was looking at the pictures and things they made using jelly beans.

The tour was really interesting and fun to see the process in action though no cameras where allowed. They gave us samples along the way corresponding to what we were learning about and at the end they gave us a bag of Jelly Belly's in assorted flavors. I had fun trying all the different flavors because I hadn't tried very many up until this point.

After the tour we spent some time in the gift shop buying Belly Flops, which are the irregular jelly beans that didn't meet up to the Jelly Belly standards, for all our friends.

Then we headed back into San Francisco for more sights. We parked at Ghirardelli Square and walked over to take a ride on the Cable Cars.

Riding the Cable Car we saw so many things including parts of China Town and the top of The Crookedest Street in the World that you can see in the first picture below.

The Cable Car turn-a-round, which is done using only man power!

While we were riding the Cable Car back to Ghirardelli Square, a car ran a red light in the intersection we were just coming to causing the Cable Car to slam on its brake to stop. When the Cable Car tried to go through the intersection again, it was stuck so we all had to get off while a semi truck got behind it and pushed it through the intersection. Then we were all able to get back on. :D

The Cable Car stuck on the other side of the intersection.

Back at Ghirardelli Square we couldn't resist going in and having ice cream in Ghirardelli chocolate-dipped waffle bowls.

After leaving Ghirardelli Square we drove over to Lombard Street so we could actually drive down The Crookedest Street in the World. The speed limit is only 5 mph and the crooked portion of Lombard Street is only 1/4 mile long, but it was fun to drive down it and now it's fun to say we've actually driven down The Crookedest Street in the World!

From there we drove over to Coit Tower. If you want to read more about Coit Tower you can click here.

It was night by then and so we took in the night views of the city before going up in the elevator to see the night views of the city from the top of Coit Tower.

Bay Bridge

San Francisco has pay toilets all around the city so I took a picture of Andrew next to one there. ;)

The last 2 days of our trip were pretty relaxing. I don't have any more pictures so I thought I would just include them in this post.

Day 4

Saturday we stayed in Vacaville and shopped at their many outlet stores. I found a great deal on my favorite Le Creuset cookware at the Le Creuset outlet store! I wish we had one of those in Park City. ;) We barbecued steaks and chicken for dinner and just enjoyed the great weather.

Day 5

Sunday it was time for us to fly home so Charlie and Janet took us back to the Oakland Airport. They were already asking us what we wanted to see the next time we visited. There are still so many things! I think they had fun right along with us (at least I hope they did!) because Charlie hadn't done most of the things we did together and Janet hadn't been in many years. :) Thank so guys so much. We love you both!

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