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California Dreamin'-A 14 Day Odyssey to San Fran,Yosemite & DL! 8/2013 COMPLETE!1/9!!

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  1. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    I've been once the year before the big earthquake. I loved it and really want to go back as an adult.

    Jill in CO
     
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  3. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    I cropped the pic- it's better now-

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    Thanks for replying- you always crack me up!!
     
  4. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    To say that fruit was great is an understatement- it was EXACTLY what fruit is supposed to be- juicy AND sweet- not one or the other. Those little green plums illicited a 10 minute conversation, if you can imagine!

    Scoma's is a landmark- not that special to look at, but lots of yumminess inside. :thumbsup2

    Do it! They are so much fun to write- it's like going on the vacation a second time. :thumbsup2
     
  5. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Don't I know it. :love::cloud9:

    I am very blessed! :goodvibes

    Exactly- then the TA can stay on hold, and you can do better things with your time. :thumbsup2

    I don't even know if that QVC thing has been on yet- I looked at their shoes on the QVC website, and did not see them- they really were fall/winter shoes, so maybe it's still coming up. I don't really watch QVC, so I doubt I will ever know it was on unless someone else tells me they saw me on TV, lol. :rotfl:

    And you are right- I enjoyed being on the receiving end of that generosity just as much as eating/drinking it!
     
  6. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl:

    You win the internet today!:thumbsup2
     
  7. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

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    Hi Ellen! Just found your new TR last night. Have started reading this morning but just wanted to comment on your first set of pictures. They are great of Sean, Tyler and Tim. Boy have they grown up. And Sean looks so happy.

    Now, going back to read the rest!
     
  8. OhMari

    OhMari WDW PreTrip and Trip Moderator Moderator

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    I knew you were going to California after I read your last TR.
    If you ever become a travel agent-I will be your first customer.
    I posted very last on your Hawaiian vacation and I even commented if you would do my travel plans, without me even knowing about your TA plans.

    Nice shout out to Wisconsin.
    I had to look at the picture and I thought at first you were crossing the Mississippi, but then I realized you were crossing over Lake Michigan by Milwaukee. Me and my dh just came across the Milwaukee Express Ferry and I recognized the coastline. The Ferry was my big adventure this summer. My dh has to much work, we spent part of our vacation at a mechanic shop that is putting a new engine in a subway train. His company is putting a new subway tunnel in under Grand Central Station and it will go out to Queens. My youngest son is moving to NYC next week-he also works for Michels Corp, so maybe I will get to go and visit, but he already told me I can't stay with him, I have to get a hotel:rotfl2:


    Back to your TR-please become a TA-you take the neatest vacations. I never knew you could buy a ticket and be able to use those different transportations.
     
  9. chattadisser

    chattadisser Mouseketeer

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    I just found your TR and this is the exact trip that I have been thinking about planning!

    My husband and I got out to SF last October for the first time and loved it. We would like to go back and take our girls but I can't imagine going to SF or DL without the other. Then I figured out how close Yosemite is and well, it has to be included too!

    I can't wait to read along and take notes for my planning.

    Christine
     
  10. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Loved your updates, Ellen! Made me a little homesick, but still...

    What a beautiful gift you received. How nice was that?!

    And it looks like y'all had a great day and evening in SF. :woohoo:

    I am loving the pics of Timmy and the oysters! :rotfl2:
     
  11. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    LOL, Tricia, I have to keep those boys BUSY!! They go full tilt or they just lay around like vegetation! :rotfl: It's really a challenge. And as I said to you months ago, I was worried because there was no beach or pool part of the day here, so I wasn't sure how it would all go- fortunately, they LOVED their time in SF- they both were very impressed with your beautiful city.:thumbsup2 So funny that you would send your visitors to my TR- when YOU are the one who helped me plan it! :hug:

    And thank you, once again, for even MORE kind words- love that I can be a part in anyone here feeling more special. :lovestruc You should know that YOU have a way of making ME feel special-Thanks.

     
  12. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Ah yes- Tyler.... he is a sweetheart- he is so, so good with Sean. But he is also 16, and oh so very cool...:rotfl:

    Yea- very touristy. Like when you go to Italy and restaurants have photos of their food outside- that's also a BAAAAAD sign!

    You go, Rosie!!! How exciting would that trip be???:hyper:
     
  13. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    It truly is a beyond cool city- have you ever been?

    What year was the big earthquake? It is great as an adult- I hope you get to go someday soon!

    WOOHOOO!!!! I win! I win! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    OK- I will- if you insist... :rotfl: :yay:

    There is really alot you could do with younger kids in SF- so many great parks to see! So many things to climb! And Yosemite is just breathtaking- well, I hope I can help you! I will certainly do my best!

    SOOO bizarre he will eat them....:confused3
     
  14. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

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    .....your TR is already up to page 7!!:thumbsup2



    Hmmmmm.....I have gots to get caught up.:worship:
    (love the topic)


    hey - Q: did you take the trolley?? how much of a challenge was it to take it or didcha walk??

    I am going to China town from Pier 39 via the trolley (in early January) to Union Square and back & just a wonderin'.







    T.T.F.N.
     
  15. Nora03

    Nora03 Mouseketeer

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    Hi Ellen,
    I am so excited for you and your California trip. What a nice gesture from your Dis friend to send you a welcome/thank you gift! You definitely deserve it for giving us all many hours of pleasure reading your trip reports.

    I was very lucky to visit San Francisco in 2010. We planned an Alaska cruise for our 40th anniversary and I was sooo smart :rolleyes1 and found a Celebrity Alaskan cruise sailing out of San Francisco! So we had four fabulous days in San Francisco before sailing off to the beautiful scenery in Alaska. I'll never forget it.

    Looking forward to seeing your photos and thoughts of Muir Woods. We thought it was amazing.

    Nora
     
  16. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Sadly, I haven't yet. :( HOWEVER, I am heavily into vacation planning for 2014 right now. My mom wants to do something with us - we were going to do the DCL Alaska cruise again, but the family friend who would split a stateroom with my mom bailed on us, so that probably won't happen. I think it's a blessing in disguise, because the cost is :scared1:, and I'd rather put that off a year. So I am making a list of options for my mom and will be going over all of them with her shortly. Top of my list are Hawaii and .. wait for it .... fly to SF and spend a few days visiting friends and family and enjoying the city, then rent a car and drive the Pacific Coast Highway over the course of 4-5 days, and then end with a few days at DLR! OMG - I am LOVING this idea!!!
     
  17. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Wednesday morning, I was (of course) up before everyone, and it was mmmm...maybe 6:30? The time change made the possibility of getting my boys to do anything before noon a reality, but it wasn't a Hawaii time difference, so them getting up at 6:30 was a fantasy. That's ok- I went outside to quietly take a look-

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    It was looking grey and overcast. This I can tell you was pretty much the same view every morning we were in SF, except our last day. But on ALL of the days, this went away mid morning and we enjoyed beautifully blue skies while in SF.

    I showered and whispered to Pods that I was going upstairs to scope out breakfast for us. He also needed to get up, because today we were getting a rental car (from the desk downstairs, right in our hotel- Budget, I think- $65 for the day in a small SUV) and heading to Muir Woods- and we needed to get there EARLY- the lots fill up, I had heard, and the tour buses all show up and it gets packed. Upstairs in the Regency Club, which is located on the top of the hotel and was their well known, rotating restaurant for year, but has since been reappointed as the RC, I was VERY happy to see the awesome spread-

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    Fruit, pastries, breads, granola, oatmeal, cereals, meats, cheeses, juices, yogurt with toppings, coffee, tea, cappucino & espresso and freshly made, still warm, hard boiled eggs. Something for everyone. Almost.

    Apparently, this was the WORST for Timmy. Not one thing he would eat. Yes, the kid who was sucking down slimy sea creatures just the night before would not eat pastry, or hard boiled eggs, or any of the cereals offered.

    Oh. Joy. Forgot to show you the view of the Bay Bridge from up there-

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    Well, we found something else for Timmy to eat, maybe he was ok with a couple of boxes of cereal, Pods went down to get the car and we followed behind when he called to say he had it. Here is Timmy, who HATES heights, enjoying the elevator ride down from the RC- the elevators are glass, and look out to the lobby, far, far below-

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    :rotfl2: Sorry, but we all found this hilarious!! A YEAR ago, on Kauai, Timmy stood on the edge of a 200 ft cliff with gale force winds and LAUGHED at me as I SCREAMED at him to get away from the edge while I clung to the wall of rock behind me. But a glass elevator? TERRIFYING!! :rotfl2:

    We plugged in Muir Woods to Google Maps, and wonderful and accurate directions to Muir Woods followed. :thumbsup2 Our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, appropriate amount of fog in tact-

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    On our way across-

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    Soon we saw-

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    And had our first taste of winding, un-railed roads-

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    We arrived at 8:53 am, and already, on a Wednesday, in mid August, the first parking lot was full- the second, however, had plenty of space, and we slid easily into one of the closest spots. (Just WAIT til you see how this changes later on!).

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    We picked up our day tickets at the entrance, and began to explore.....

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    I have grown to love that sign....

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    Back later for updates and replies- :goodvibes

     
  18. dizneeat

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    Oh, all those great memories of vacations past! :lmao:

    Love the update! Breakfast looks really good, sorry there was nothing for Timmy. I had to :lmao: seeing the elevator photo. How fun is that.
    Muir Woods is beautiful. I cannot wait to see more of your photos, it has been a while since Tom and I were there, definitely will have to go back after seeing your pics. :thumbsup2
     
  19. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    What a wonderful gift to welcome you to California. Joseph Phelps is definitely a great wine!

    I've seen lots of people go to that Museum of old games and stuff, looks like a lot of fun.

    I couldn't believe when you showed the picture of how touristy the area has become. I used to go up there on weekends when I first got my driver's license. Pier 39 was still relatively new and there were hardly any chain stores/restaurants there. The photo you posted was jam packed full of them.

    I remember too not being able to afford to eat from anywhere but the little stands along the walkway where you get a shrimp cocktail or something in a paper container. We treated ourselves to Aliotos because that was a big name restaurant, the food was pretty good too, but I've heard that Scoma's is really the place to go down there. Everything looked great! Um that's a plate of oysters for ME! What would everyone else eat? :rotfl2:

    The Exploratorium is so much fun, you don't even have to be a kid! I went there a few years back and had blast, just all those darned kids kept getting in my way to play with all the cool experiments!

    I didn't realize that it had moved either!

    I can see all of mine, but I make sure that it all fits in my preview before I save it. I can't see it all when I'm on my phone. I'll have to try making my screen smaller and look again.

    The SF Bridge looks very nice. I haven't been to Muir woods. Looking forward to hearing more!
     
  20. RGirl

    RGirl Change Is Good

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    Oh, I am LOVING all the pics from your SF morning. The Bay Bridge picture is truly gorgeous - and again homesick-making (I commuted across that bridge every day for quite a few years). Can't wait to hear about your time at Muir Woods and hear what you get up to next! :goodvibes
     
  21. englishrose47

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    That breakfast looked great !!! So Funny about the elevator !!! Can't wait to see the next set of pix !!!
     

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