MIMM: SF Vacation [Pictures]

Hey there friends!!  I’m back from vacation in San Francisco & thought that since it’s MIMM (Marvelous in My Monday) today – how about I share some of the marvelous pictures & highlights of our SF trip?!  We had an AMAZING time!!  Definitely one of the best trips we’ve ever had!
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Big thanks to Katie @ Healthy Diva Life for hosting this marvelous & positive link-up party!

Brian & I flew out last Monday afternoon from Chicago (after two hours of sitting on the tarmac on our plane – 6 hours on that plane!) & arrived in SF a bit later than planned.  We really only had time to check-in to our hotel & find a very late dinner.  That wasn’t the most marvelous thing, but at least we were there!

Tuesday…

Brian & I had planned to take a bus to Petaluma to see a tech show he’s a big fan of being recorded (Leo Laporte), but for some reason the bus we needed blew right past us by the bus stop!  Only other way to make it in time was a crazy expensive taxi, or try renting a car… car rental it was!!  BEST mistake EVER!!!

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Leo Laporte recording his Security Now show… he was so great! Shook our hands & even took a picture w/Brian.

Since we had the car… we were able to explore!  We drove down highway 1 along the water & got to see amazing views - tons of gorgeous hills & cattle.

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We also took a drive over to Muir Woods since we were curious about it & had wanted to see the giant redwood trees…  It wasn’t quite what we expected though, & was a bit of a disappointment & huge, crowded tourist trap.  We walked one of the shorter trails & it was still kind of neat!  At least we can say we’ve been there now. MIMM: SF Vacation [Pictures] vacation SF San Francisco Petaluma Muir Woods MIMM Leo Laporte hiking Golden Gate Bridge Giants Ferry Building Brewers baseball AT&T Park

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Muir Woods

After driving some crazy, winding back roads most of the afternoon, we were beat!  We did drive up one last mountain before heading back into the city though… we took some pics on the mountain near the Golden Gate Bridge.  Great view!!

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I was totally being a goof & doing the titanic pose, along with the tree yoga pose. Nerd.

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Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge! We walked it the last trip here, so this time it was fun to drive over it. Next time… bike it, maybe?

Brian was an ace at driving around the city… totally not phased at all & handled it like a pro.  Me, on the other hand – I would have been freaking out!  He even wanted to drive around in the car & sight-see a bit more before we brought it back…

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The Bay Bridge

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Gorgeous palm trees!

Wednesday…

Walked a lot around the city… & ate (more on the eats on Wednesday). MIMM: SF Vacation [Pictures] vacation SF San Francisco Petaluma Muir Woods MIMM Leo Laporte hiking Golden Gate Bridge Giants Ferry Building Brewers baseball AT&T Park

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The Painted Ladies (think Full House)

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Loved this bus/train!

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LOVE this city!!

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Chinatown! Our hotel was right at the edge of this area.

Thursday…

We visited The Ferry Building & scoped out the farmer’s market they had there.  Unfortunately, I was too full from breakfast to be able to really eat at any of the restaurants I’d hoped to check out.

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The Ferry Building

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I did get one of these awesome shirts from Prather Ranch though!  “Praise the Lard”!

After, we caught a bus over to the Golden Gate Bridge to check out Crissy Field (wasn’t that exciting) & then to hike the Batteries to Bluffs trail – that was GREAT!!!

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We got some amazing views of the bridge & got to go down to the beach & sit down on the rocks for a while.  So neat!  If you’re curious as to how much we hiked/walked throughout our trip & the various days – check out YESTERDAY’s post.

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Crissy Field (in the background)

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Some of the batteries…

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Doesn’t look real, does it?

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Our view from Marshall Beach

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Friday…

Our last full day in SF… we had a quick breakfast & then walked to AT&T Park for our tour! Brian was SO excited about this & really enjoyed it.  I thought it was pretty neat too!  Plus, the boxer, Manny Pacquiao & his opponent were there doing a press conference!  He was going to be throwing the first pitch at that night’s game (which we also had tickets for).  We even got to see him & his entourage come out in front of us through some doors during our tour – kinda cool!

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Manny is the little guy in the middle of them… #11

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Very cool tour! Neat to get to go down to the field too!

And then… we walked back to the hotel for a bit, went out for dinner, & then walked back again to see the Brewers vs. Giants game (Brewers are our home team)!

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AT&T Park

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Brewers vs. Giants baseball game! Gorgeous night!

Unfortunately, the Giants creamed the Brewers & it was a bit embarrassing… good thing we like the Giants too (we got some Giants gear while we were there earlier)!  We had a great time getting to be there by the water, see some great baseball teams, & chatting with some nice people here & there. We got many questions about our Brewers shirts & where we’re from – surprising how many people are from Milwaukee or know someone who is!

What a MARVELOUS trip this one was!!!  We think it’s our favorite trip to SF – or anywhere so far!!  My favorite part/day was Tuesday when we missed that bus & ended up getting a rental car.  Exploring out of the city & driving around ourselves was AWESOME!!  Best mistake EVER.  Best. Trip. EVER.

What’s marvelous about YOUR Monday or weekend?  Where’s the last place you’ve been on vacation?  Ever been to SF?

The Week In Fitness #54

Hey there friends!!  I’m baaaaack!!!  Did you miss me?  Or… maybe you didn’t even realize I was gone this past week?  Oh well, if not, I still luv ya. The Week In Fitness #54 workouts week in fitness walking fitness exercise

Even though I was on vacation Monday – Friday this week, I didn’t necessarily get any formal workouts in, but I did get a lot of activity in!  We did a TON of walking!!  I don’t know about you, but I think walking & hiking is a pretty great way to get active!

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Monday 8.25.14

3.1 miles walked

Tuesday 8.26.14

7.1 miles walked (walked a trail through Muir Woods)

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Wednesday 8.27.14

6.8 miles walked

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Thursday 8.28.14

8.3 miles walked (some of this was hiking on the Batteries to Bluffs trail near the Golden Gate Bridge)

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Friday 8.29.14

12.1 miles (lots of trips back & forth to AT&T Park to take the Giants tour & then the game later, plus walking around Chinatown)

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Saturday 8.30.14

4.2 miles walked (mostly to & from the airport – travel day)

TOTAL MILES WALKED WHILE IN SF AREA: 41.6 miles!!

While there were no “official” workouts or exercise, I’d say that walking & hiking is definitely a workout – especially if you’ve ever been to SF & know how sloped & steep most of their streets are!

How was YOUR week?  Do you like to walk for exercise?  Ever walked around SF?

Paleo Travel Snacks

Hey there friends!  Happy Wednesday!  In leu of doing a What I Ate Wednesday post, I thought since I’m traveling on vacation right now that I would share a video I made of some of my favorite paleo-friendly travel snacks!

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Some of the snacks from the video…

What’s your favorite semi-healthy travel snack?  Any of your favorites on the list?

MIMM: SF Bound!

Hey there friends, happy Monday!!  Hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  Mine went by pretty quickly as we were doing a bit of relaxing & prepping for our vacation.  I’m feeling pretty marvelous today though, so how about we link-up to Katie for some Marvelous in My Monday?!
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Big thanks to Katie at Healthy Diva Life for hosting!  Click on over to see what it’s all about & to see some more marvelous happenings!

Marvelous… 

is going on vacation to San Francisco!!  If you don’t already know, my husband & I are in love with this amazing city… this will be our 4th time visiting!

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View of SF from Alcataz Island…

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Lombard Street

I’m looking forward to seeing a few new sites this time, such as hiking in the redwoods & seeing the bluffs.  It seems there is always something new to explore & so many restaurants to eat my way through! MIMM: SF Bound! vacation travel SF San Francisco MIMM

As you read this, we’ll most likely be on our way… we’re driving to Chicago this morning (about 3 hours) & then flying from there to Oakland, CA & arriving this evening.

I’ll probably be a bit scarce in terms of replies & new posts… I’m not bringing my laptop (purposely to disconnect) with me & will only have my iPhone.  I just want to focus more time on enjoying SF with my amazing husband.  Wishing you all a marvelous week!!

Have you ever been to San Francisco?  If so, what’s your favorite thing to do or see there – or to eat?!

The Week In Fitness #53

Hey there friends!  Happy Sunday!  Time to recap this past week’s fitness with another edition of The Week In Fitness!

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Don’t be surprised, but this past week was FULL of Jazzercise!  I was packing it in & getting my fill before leaving for vacation & starting school.  So much Jazzercise. <3

Monday 8.18.14

2.3 mile walk & Jazzercise

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Tuesday 8.19.14

2.3 mile walk & Jazzercise

Wednesday 8.20.14

Jazzercise (2 classes)

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Thursday 8.21.14

Jazzercise

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Friday 8.22.14

Jazzercise

Saturday 8.23.14

3.2 mile walk & Jazzercise Fusion class

Sunday 8.24.14

rest day & maybe a light walk

Overall, I think it was a pretty great week.  I definitely fit a lot of Jazzercise in!  I love it though & it feels good to be working back towards getting into better shape.  Plus, I’ll have so much less time to go once school starts in another week or so.  Enjoying it while I can!

Miles walked this week: 7.8 Miles

How was your week in fitness?  Did you do something active that you enjoyed?