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Old 11-18-2013, 02:28 PM   #286
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It must be a man gene. I swear I do all the planning and Skip can ruin it in 3 seconds flat. Why plan...well then he sees why I do it later on when he does something stupid.
It's EXHAUSTING!!!

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I don't even know what to say about the biking experience!!!! I guess every family vacation has to have an experience like that, but I am SO SORRY! No fun!!!

Not fun to experience, but at least now I can laugh about it!

In 'n' Out Burger though? YUM!!!!!!!!
I bet you miss those!

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Love all the pics, especially the alligator breads? Those were sooo cool!

They always had cool sourdough breads on display there-

Not sure I could walk by Ghiradelli and not stop in for a chocolate or tour...

I never actually walked by it. If I had, we would have stopped!

about the bikes! Those peeps were uber rude for walking 4 across! It wasn't Timmy's fault! Gosh darn those boys for not listening!
Yea! What you said!

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I am cracking up about the bike ride cuz I can see your face and hear you retell it all over again!!! Im dying!

Yea- YOU got to hear it in person when I was still super mad! Good times!

Don't feel bad we haven't gone to the Ghirardelli square either. But I figure I went in Cali Adventure.. good enough LOL

LOL- definitely!

Cant wait to read whats next for you guys!
Ice cream and cocktails- I'm sure you'll want to hear about it, both are right up your alley, lol-

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How absolutely infuriating to have your plans overturned, but I can't say that I haven't had it happen too. While I would like to chalk it up to a man thing, it's just a thing. Fran has done that to me any number of times, and you know why? Mostly shopping!

LMAO!!!!! Why am I not surprised???

I can't believe Timmy's bad luck with bicycling. I hope that he doesn't give it up. He has had a few bad turns and even with mom sticking up for him, I can see him not wanting to do it again on his own. Ever.

He rode over to a friend's house a few times this fall- so I guess he's over it!

I hope your day gets better. I know the trip does, But I hope that that this day does!
Of COURSE it does! No where to go but UP!
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #287
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Oh Ellen! I am finally back on the boards after a month hiatus and here is your trip report, sucking me in with the bike ride from hell.

Welcome back! I miss you! And it's time to book our rooms pre-cruise!!! YAY US!!

Holy crap. It sounds almost as bad as the 5 hour bike ride we recently did, lost in the Poconos. Yup - went with Denny and two other friends who have a house up there. What was supposed to be a 2 hour round trip to a lake turned into a 5 1/2 hour debacle literally LOST in the woods. I told my friends we were lost, but NO ONE would listen! So, I feel your pain. At least you were rewarded with some spectacular views on the other side of the bridge. Just lovely.

I dunno- that sounds a little scary, too! Mine was never scary- just excruciatingly annoying!

Glad Tyler enjoyed his college tours. Isn't it fun? I really enjoyed it. I still am hoping he wants to come tour UD so you and I can go have some fun on Main Street. Lots of fun bars and restaurants there. hint hint.

I am sure it will be on his list- and even if it's not, I would love to come down there and hang with you for a night- just say the word!

Any way - I still have lots of catching up to do, but thanks again for the laugh and the beautiful pictures.
You are so welcome!

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Ditto on what the girl in the polka dot dress girl said!

(And what a surprise on the bold, Alison.)

OMG!!!! SOOOOO FUNNY! ALL OF IT!!!!

And like other DISers have already said, one could really hear you on this update Ellen. You really could. I'm sorry, I need to put a laughing icon just for that.
Well, Drea actually really HEARD me- in person when I saw her out there- She got the full effect!

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Glad to hear all went well with testing.
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Thank you I am feeling very well rested and bored I am not used to having 3 full days off and NO plans !!! I am really glad to be going to work tomorrow .
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Chest pain and a very rapid heart rate They admitted me for the night and did loads of tests .y heart is fin it was not a heart attack ! A Fib was the diagnosis !! I am on 2new meds and have to follow up with my doctor and a cardiologist !! I had to give up regular coffee But finally the headaches from that have stopped
Thank goodness no heart attack- Lonnie gets high blood pressure and she says the headaches are horrible. I really hope the new meds work well for you!

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Oh boy. I just went back and read the bike episode. Men! Boys!
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #289
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I heard the Blue Mermaid was good- we looked at the hotel there, The Argonaut- anyway, thanks for making me feel like I didn't really miss much!
The Argonaut is our FAVORITE place to stay in SF.

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True- but my info was also coming from real people who were writing blogs about their SF trip and the bike ride. All of THOSE said stay on the beach and it's mostly flat- they weren't trying to sell me on the bike ride. I could look down from where we were and SEE the people biking along in places we did not get NEAR because we were riding along a highway or whatever. We had a very short time near the water.

And tandem bikes are RIDICULOUS!!! Sooooo much harder- you really ARE amazing, even if you won't admit it!
Tandems are fine...when it's flat. Up a hill and they suck rocks!!!!!!!

A 3 person tandem they do have those! Jeff wants to do it again but it has just never worked out timing wise.

I dunno, even the flat part by the beach, you have to get down there and back up. No, it's not all that long but still it's not like the whole thing is flat.

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I started talking to Pods again after about 2 glasses of wine up there in the Regency Club that night. HA!
NO wine in Sausolito? Man...I'd have gone for one after that. Or a beer. Or a margarita...something. LOL!

Losing pictures sucks! I can tell that trip was pre-digital for me as it's the only one I actually have and I'm sure I took more. I should scan some older ones from trips, I am not good about that and they will fade away in the boxes they are stored in.

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Yes, in my head I was thinking "It doesn't look like this in the pics I have seen" but there was no way to go over for a minute and do a loop around because Tyler & Tim were so far ahead at that point. Next visit it is on my MUST DO- even without the exploratorium.
That and the tea garden. I can't get Jeff to go to the tea garden with me which bums me out.


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Old 11-18-2013, 04:26 PM   #290
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Oh boy. I just went back and read the bike episode. Men! Boys!
PITAS! All of them!

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The Argonaut is our FAVORITE place to stay in SF.

It is soooo well rated! I just couldn't justify it for the tiny room- with tax it would have been well over $500/night, and we would have been literally on top of each other with no balcony.

Tandems are fine...when it's flat. Up a hill and they suck rocks!!!!!!!

Noted.

A 3 person tandem they do have those! Jeff wants to do it again but it has just never worked out timing wise.

[B]Just give me the dates- I'll ship Pods out there, no problem! [B]

I dunno, even the flat part by the beach, you have to get down there and back up. No, it's not all that long but still it's not like the whole thing is flat.

I saw it- it was NOTHING compared to what we did which SUCKED!

NO wine in Sausolito? Man...I'd have gone for one after that. Or a beer. Or a margarita...something. LOL!

Don't worry- the Regency Club had pour your own wine for $4 a glass (I think) and I got my money's worth later on!

Losing pictures sucks! I can tell that trip was pre-digital for me as it's the only one I actually have and I'm sure I took more. I should scan some older ones from trips, I am not good about that and they will fade away in the boxes they are stored in.

Mine are all in albums or in scrapbooks- the scrapbook ones are perfect, but the others are in magnetic books- not looking so good!

That and the tea garden. I can't get Jeff to go to the tea garden with me which bums me out.

I wanted to go there, too, but OF COURSE the PITA men were not interested!

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PITAS! All of them!

Yes it does!
So you and I will go and visit the Tea Garden and leave them to crazy bike rides. I'd do a tandem again but honestly would vastly prefer a hike of some sort.



Sadly we've not actually been able to stay at the Argonaut for some time. Everytime we go...it's just a bit too rich for our blood. I was really spoiled by a corporate friends and family rate for a long time. It was especially bad this time and I am guessing, due to the America's cup. We were bummed though! Instead we jsut make the rounds of the other Kimpton properties...for research purposes...

and the free happy hour

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So you and I will go and visit the Tea Garden and leave them to crazy bike rides. I'd do a tandem again but honestly would vastly prefer a hike of some sort.



Sadly we've not actually been able to stay at the Argonaut for some time. Everytime we go...it's just a bit too rich for our blood. I was really spoiled by a corporate friends and family rate for a long time. It was especially bad this time and I am guessing, due to the America's cup. We were bummed though! Instead we jsut make the rounds of the other Kimpton properties...for research purposes...

and the free happy hour

Sounds good to me!

I love to bike ride- but not crazy about serious inclines- other than that, I could go for 20 miles.

And I LIKE those Kimptons! The original one we wanted was in Union Sq- Hotel Triton. It has a Hagen Dazs Suite with a freezer that has unlimited ice cream. It has enough beds for 4, but only 2 can stay in the room- that's how all their rooms are, max 2, so we had to pass. But if I had scored the HD Suite, I would have OFFICIALLY won BEST Mom of the YEAR!!!! They have a few other funky suites- including a Jerry Garcia Suite. Looks like a very cool place- that I will never see! HA!

It all worked out- the room we had at the Hyatt was VERY large, and it had that great balcony we made plenty of use of. Plus the Regency Club offerings were FABULOUS. I think we would always stay there-
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Sounds good to me!

I love to bike ride- but not crazy about serious inclines- other than that, I could go for 20 miles.

And I LIKE those Kimptons! The original one we wanted was in Union Sq- Hotel Triton. It has a Hagen Dazs Suite with a freezer that has unlimited ice cream. It has enough beds for 4, but only 2 can stay in the room- that's how all their rooms are, max 2, so we had to pass. But if I had scored the HD Suite, I would have OFFICIALLY won BEST Mom of the YEAR!!!! They have a few other funky suites- including a Jerry Garcia Suite. Looks like a very cool place- that I will never see! HA!

It all worked out- the room we had at the Hyatt was VERY large, and it had that great balcony we made plenty of use of. Plus the Regency Club offerings were FABULOUS. I think we would always stay there-
Ah yes, the suites! We have been lucky enough to be upgraded twice to them. Once in Seattle to the EMP suite. I can't find the pictures and it's killing me! They have to be here somewhere...need to dig.

The other...to the "Wicked" suite, at the Serrano in SF. Both upgrades were on our annual anniversary "date" so we will see if we get one this year at the Monaco! Our last 2 Kimpton stays have been upgradeless...but it also wasn't our anniversary.

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OMG, that room is amazing!!!! I love love love Wicked!

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Great trip report!!!!! That bike ride sounds crazy.... I don't like riding in the city. I love reading about other people's trips to my home town.
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wow I'm behind on this one. I need to catch up. Love cali
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Cynthia! Those suites are INCREDIBLE!!!! I did not realize they had all these cool suites all over the place- can't wait to see what you get for your anniversary! Thanks for sharing!

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At the end we rode the bikes back from the ferry- it was rush hour- kind of hairy! I DID enjoy riding on the bike paths, when we were on them though-

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Sausalito is a GORGEOUS town- our plan was to take the ferry back later, and I knew that was the first thing we had to do- but we (ok- I) asked at the dock, and all the tokens for bikes were distributed for the rest of the day- so we would just have to wait our turn. Bummer. Ideally what should happen is that you get a token for the trip back, and then as a token holder you can get on the ferry first before the long line of people waiting with their bikes. They only dole out so many tokens a day, and they only allow so many bikes on each ferry. Soooo.....we would be on that line.

I don't care. We found a place to park our bikes, and while the 3 men (spelled IDIOTS) hemmed and hawed over how to best lock their bikes, I took care of mySELF and locked mine up. Then I said, "I'm going for ice cream." And walked away.

I just didn't give a %$*!. (Feel free to insert your favorite 4 letter expletive here. All work well.)

Ya see, in Sausalito, right by the dock, there is a little ice cream shop. It is the same name as the ice cream shop they have in Kauai, where we enjoyed the greatest ice cream in our lives as often as we could- Lappert's. Now, this Lappert's in Sausalito is not related to the Lappert's in Hawaii- BUT- ya could have fooled me. They had Kauai Pie and Kona coffee fudge, so that was plenty good enough for me.

I got there and there were no lines- I marched right up to the counter and said- make mine a double.



Ohhhh...soooooooo goooood!!

As I was taking my first bite, a crowd came in, along with the men (spelled IDIOTS). What kind of ice cream should I get? Says Pods.

If you want to know what my answer was, refer back to the bicycle lock paragraph. Again, all 4 letter expletives work here as well.

Eventually, timmy got vanilla with a sprinkle cone-











Love that they have free ice cream for military!



Can't remember what flavor Ty got-



You know we don't care what this guy had-





I told them I was going shopping, and left them sitting there while I went looking for a tshirt (it actually was a SF tshirt that I bought!).



Then we all walked over to try to get on a ferry. Past this park-



We would not get on this ferry, but we would get on the next one. we were allowed to park our bikes in the line, and wander around for a bit before it was time to officially get on line.







If I thought I could have walked in them, I would have bought them!



The park-





Waiting for our turn- I took this just because I wanted to record the guy playing the Sitar- such a SF instrument!

click to play-


FINALLY, it was our turn, and we sailed away. Bye bye Sausalito- hope to visit you again one day, and hope I am in a MUCH better place when I do!



The ferry drops off, ironically, right where we were staying (ie- the Ferry Building)- but we still needed to ride the bikes back to Fisherman's wharf. So off we went. It was rush hour, and it was PACKED!! Kind of hairy riding back.
But we did finally make it, returned our bikes, and then took a cable car back. Very good idea to get the cable car at the start of the line- there was an empty one we got on there and all sat down. It was VERY quickly packed in a just a few stops.



See? Empty! Nice!

We hopped off a little before our stop- to be honest, by the time we were going to get off, it was SO packed, we didn't know how long it would take us to get to the exit, so we wanted to be safe!

Once back to the hotel, we decided to go up to the Regency Club- it was Happy Hour- before we went out to dinner at Pier 23.

You'll have to wait to see how that turns out..... But let's just say you can count on the fact that $4 glasses of wine at the honor bar WORK WONDERS!


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I have an entire list of words that could fill that blank!

Sausalito is gorgeous! That ice cream looks super yummy.

Who cares if you can walk in the shoes, just buy them! They are super cute!

And $4 glasses of wine ALWAYS improves my mood!

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