The random penguins in the window we walked by on the way to Kodiack Jack's
So, I am offically a huge fan of Northern California...or at least Marin County/San Fran area. Seriously, so gorgeous. I was fortunate enough to spend a long weekend at my friends house. The first night we went over to dinner at one of Lori's (my friend) house and then out to Kodiak Jack's in Petaluma
, from what I gather it is a Country Western Bar with line dancing and the such. I say "from what I gather" because we were literally in there for like 10 minutes before the managers searched our purses and then made us go into the office. Now keep in mind, at this time I was 20 and technically not allowed to be intoxicated in this institution...and I was, right and I had a flask, hence the reason we were in the office.
The Ferry taking us to the City!
Anyhow, we were in the office for about 15 minutes or so being questioned by the managers/owners. Needless to say, because we were under 21, in a bar, intoxicated, and we'd snuck in a flask, we were kicked out. So, all in all I cannot tell you what that bar was like, because I was not there for very long. But, it was a fun night regardless. I mean, I beat my friends record of being kicked out in 45 minutes, and I was under 21. Some may call me a lush, I call myself talented. Afterwards we went to Lori's boyfriend's place in Santa Rose and proceeded to make our own good time!
I only got to the city one day, but that was fine by me. If you haven't, I would completely recommend taking the ferry into the city because it is just plain fun! And you don't have to worry about paying for parking or driving on the very difficult to navigate streets.
Anyhow, we got in to the dock and then walked along near the docks and piers until we got to Pier 39. That was fun, very touristy, but cute. Lots of little restaurants and shops and the such. We went into Chocolate Heaven and bought some amazing fudge! Then sat and watched the sea lions for a little bit while eating some of the fudge. However, the sea lions smelled awful and we left. Onward we went to the Original Boudin Bread Factory. It was SO COOL! They make all kinds of bread in all kinds of shapes LIKE SEA TURTLES AND ALLIGATORS! What is not cool about that?! I dare you to challenge the coolness of that, dare you! And you know, they had regular bread there too...but still who wants that when you can have bread in the form of a sea turtle. Anyhow, we stood in line and waited to order at the restaurant, I got the sourdough bread bowl (obviously) and chowder.
Our delicious purchase!
It was delicious. Absolutely AMAZING, but I couldn't finish it all because...well, dude, a bread bowl is HUGE and we still had other places to eat at later. From Boudin we headed up to Ghirardelli Square, it was pretty. Again, lots of little shops and the such, and obviously the Ghiradelli Ice Cream Shop. Honestly, the shop looks exactly like any other Ghirardelli's Ice Cream Shop that I've ever been to, but I'm really into ice cream so of course we went and had some delectable sundaes. A bit of advice though, there is no bathroom in the shop it's in the center of the square on the second floor...kinda confusing to get to, but it's there believe me I went on an adventure to find it!
That is the end of the food part of our adventure, now had we been 21 during this trip it would have turned out completely differently, but what can you do? From Ghirardelli's we walked over to Chinatown.
In front of the Boudin Bread Factory
It was up alot of hills, I mean we walked up alot of hills. And yes, we walked this entire trip from the moment we got off the ferry to the time we got back on it, we did not use any other form of transportation than our own two feet. Anyhow, since I study chinese it was a real treat for me to walk around and see all kinds of simplified characters that I do not understand, nor do I know them! But it was very fun to walk around in all the little shops with really awkward names and find all the random cheap things...like I don't even know. It was just some crazy stuff! Then I'm pretty sure we went to Union Square and all around that area and shopped, Nordstroms, Victoria's Secret, like 17 million Forever 21's and H&M's there were! It was glorious! Then, when we were tired of walking around 6 I'd say we walked back to the dock and waited for the next ferry back to our car.
mmmm, Sourdough bread bowl and clam chowder
..our feet were very sore, so instead of going out that night we went to see The Simpson's Movie, then to The Table (Roundtable Pizza) for some sweet pizza dinner. And then home to sleep because the next day we were taking off to Bodega Bay
We woke up early, around 8AM or so and had some breakfast then headed off to Bodega Bay. The drive there was absolutely gorgeous, my goodness! I loved it. We weren't there for very long, there wasn't much to do because it was too overcast to be out on the beach. We just stopped at one of the little road side shops and bought Salt Water Taffy, then drove on alittle more to two of Lori's favorite beaches there. She wanted to show me some cliffs, but like I said it was too foggy to see them, unfortunately.
Oh well, it was well worth it for the view on the way up and the Salt Water Taffy! Then we did more shopping in some outlets then at some random mall. Then we just did nothing but eat pizza and have wine at her boyfriends place because they were taking me to the airport the next morning.
All-in-all an awesome trip! There is still so much there that I'd love to see and I plan on going back again when the funds are available. And hopefully, this time, hitting up some wineries. Because one of my friends actually has a winery and a tasting room up there!