Monday, June 15, 2015

Anniversary Four: California Love

Year four of our marriage rolled around (WHAT?!) and it was time to get the heck out of Charlotte and off to our fourth honeymoon destination, San Francisco! We have never ventured out to the West Coast before, so to say we were excited was an understatement.

We wanted our first full day in the city to be all about exploring San Francisco. We had no plans for the day and did what we pleased throughout. Since we weren't familiar with San Fran, we decided to hop on a tour bus and explore the Golden Gate Bridge, drive through Sausalito, walk through Fisherman's Wharf, ride through downtown and the not-so-small Golden Gate Park.

We were prepared for the cooler weather but nothing can prepare you for the wind and temperature drop by the Golden Gate Bridge. Oh and also for cold and wind while sitting on a double decker tour bus. Asha even grabbed a hot chocolate to warm up! It felt a little surreal considering it was June.

As we rode along we listened to our tour guides and soaked in some fun facts about the City by the Bay:
  • The actual city of San Francisco is pretty small. It's basically a 7 mile by 7 mile city packed with awesome.
  • The biggest event in the city's history was the fire and earthquake of 1906. It was a disaster that nearly destroyed the entire city. 
  • The gold rush in 1849 sent the city's population from under 1000 to over 100,000 people. 
  • San Francisco is now the most expensive place to live, topping New York City. The cost of a one bedroom apartment averages $4,000/month.
  • A large portion of the city is actually landfill. The port of San Francisco was filled with abandoned ships, so those ships were then torn apart and repurposed and eventually built on top of. 
  • Apparently, the fortune cookie was invented by a Japanese resident of San Francisco. 
  • San Francisco's weather is much different than the south's. And the fog there is so prevalent, it has a name. His name is Karl. And he is on twitter

The bus tours were the perfect way to learn our way around the Golden City. We were happy to have the next seven days to learn even more about the town everyone seems to love. More stories to come about our West Coast adventure!

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