Monday, December 31, 2007

The Six Hour Vacation

I absolutely cannot believe the difference six little ol' hours will make. Of course it all depends on what you fill that six hours with. One of my bestest friends in the world had to make a trip out here from Nebraska to bring her daughter's car to her. Her son in law is stationed in Monterey for two years. Well, ya know if you drive 1500 miles to get somewhere, another 70 makes no difference. So My friend and her husband called me and said they were going to be up my way to "have lunch". Can we join them? Well, since I had a little money left from what my dad gave me for Christmas, I decided that we could do that. My oldest daughter, her boyfriend and I met them in San Francisco and did the tourist thing with them. We walked around mainly, but we did have honest to goodness crab sandwiches, and went to Ghirardelli Square (which was closed, dammit) and then off to the Red & White Fleets tour of Alcatraz. That is a one hour boat ride to under the Golden Gate bridge and then around Alcatraz and back. We ended our day with Dreyer's Ice Cream cones and headed home. I feel so good now. I am exhausted,but so happy. I haven't seen this girlfriend in seven or so years.

We also encountered "The Bush Man". No, he is not a guy on the street singing the praises of our president. He has random cuttings from bushes that he hides behind and jumps out and scares tourists. This guy is a kick! I talked him into a couple of pictures with my daughter.


kim-d said...

GOOD FOR YOU, CLAUDIA! Isn't it amazing how soul-restoring it is to be with friends? And it's even better when it involves large bodies of water. And, ya know? I could swear I saw The Bush Man when I visited San Francisco in 1985! There was also a woman playing funeral-dirge type music on one of those keyboards with the little stick legs. Which, in itself wasn't that odd--but she had a miner's hat with one of those forehead lights that blinked in time to the music. I figure she was either left over from the heydey of Haight-Asbury and had no idea the time had passed, or she was really making a killing on tips from fascinated tourists. Really, I couldn't decide if it was funny or disturbing--but all of these years later, I can still tell you exactly what she was wearing! I LOVED San Francisco, and right now I'm just so happy you had such a nice day!


Happy New Year's Eve, Claudia--LUVYAMUCH!

stitcherw said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time. I'm so glad that you were able to meet up with your friend and enjoy some time together.

tkdchick said...

Wooo Hooo Claudia! I bet today is exactly what the doctor ordered! I'm so happy to hear that you were able to go out and have a good day with great friends!

Keep smiling!