Crossing the Golden Gate bridge is never the same experience no matter how often one traverses it. The weather can change by the minute, cloaked in fog for a moment, bathed in sunshine the next, whatever the weather, it’s always unique. This time, our crossing comes at the end of a 10 day Oregon/California Coastal adventure and feels more like coming home than it does traveling. Surrounded by fog that yields occasionally to the wind, I catch a fleeting glimpse of Point Bonita Lighthouse off to my right, a pleasant reminder of Christina and Jacobs wedding two years prior. The low moan of a foghorn sounds off from below and the traffic, there is always traffic here, cars, trucks, scooters, even walkers, joggers and bikers fill the sidewalks that line either side of this majestic orange bridge. I have used each of these means to cross and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Perhaps biking it from the San Francisco side to Sausalito and then a return by ferry is my favorite.
With our priorities clearly in order, and the proper advance phone call made, we confirmed that our favorite first stop would not be in vain. Dynamo Donuts was indeed still open and was saving an assortment of our favorite flavors, Coconut, Lemon Pistachio & Cornmeal Rosemary cherry.
We thoroughly enjoyed the last two days of our trip and the following images make me smile as they remind me that the ingredients for fun need not be complicated, a picnic in the park, good food, laughing at oneself (ok, and occasionally at/with selected others!), exploring new sights and sharing it all with someone special, these are just a few of the reasons I love traveling.
Our new favorite for Chinese food is Mission Chinese. Flavors so hot it’ll make you cry, taste’s so good you can’t stop eating! Sizzling Cumin Lamb, Kung Pao Pastrami and Tiger salad.
Be sure and click on the image below of Carissa, tears streaming down her cheeks, attempting to “put out the fire” with a cold beverage…
Breakfast of choice in The Mission… Boogaloos !!
Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the sixth religious settlement established as part of theCalifornia chain of missions. The Mission was founded on June 29, 1776, by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu (a companion of Father Junipero Serra), both members of the de Anza Expedition, which had been charged with bringing Spanish settlers to Alta (upper) California, and evangelizing the local Natives, theOhlone.
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