Okay, so if you didn’t know already, I have a weird obsession with the Holocaust. (::wince:: I feel like that statement alone is going to leave me follower-less). Maybe a better way to put it is: I’m fascinated by the personal stories and history of the whole thing, it intrigues me, and I want to know the 5W’s.
I know you’re like okay, what the hay does the Holocaust have to do with the second half of her trip to San Francisco? Nothing, really. But when I was thinking about this post I somehow linked my fascination with the Holocaust to the interest I had for visiting Alcatraz and learning the history. Okay wow, now that it’s all typed out I am definitely going to be follower-less by the end of the day. There has been a mental disconnect, guys. SORRY.

MORAL OF THE STORY: I’m a history nerd.

Let’s go back to the part of San Francisco having more people in town than usual this weekend because of the Air Show, Fleet Week, and America’s Cup. Throw Christopher Columbus in there and you’ve got more ships, planes, and parades than you know what to do with. Instead of taking our Sunday and visiting Golden Gate Park in the car we had rented, we took the opportunity to take a bus tour. I know what you’re thinking—BUS TOUR. Those words together bring visuals of old people in fanny packs to mind. Nope, not this one. It was a modified school bus that had the top cut off. Pretty sweet. On the way to the GGB, we saw where Mrs. Doubtfire was filmed, the town of Sausalito, and had some pretty fantastic views of the (cloudy) city. Truth be told, my dogs were barking and the bus tour was exactly what I needed. If I had to walk up one more hill, I wasn’t going to be a happy camper.

It was cold. Don’t let anyone trick you into thinking San Francisco is warm–’cause it’s not.

That night, we had plans for the night tour of Alcatraz. I think it was the most anticipated part of my trip. Weird, I know. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Needless to say, we had a great time.

I have to admit, the cells kind of freaked me out, which was a bit of a bummer, because I had every intention of getting in one a doing something crazy to share with you fine people. Sorry to disappoint.

And only 65 more days until Dane makes his way back to the East Coast for the holidays…not that I’m counting or anything. And yes, I realize my sweater is the same color as my face. Note to self: do not wear that again unless you’re uber-tan.

Dane had to leave really early the next morning on a flight back to Honolulu, so to ease my pain–my parents did what any rational person would do. They took me to some wineries in Napa Valley.

HAY GIRL, COME GET YOUR WINE ON! It was everything you’d expect Napa to be–sunny, beautiful, and expensive.

Unfortunately, Tuesday was the all-call back to Pennsylvania, so I packed up my shiz and got on a plane. Only it didn’t go that smoothly. Apparently the fog hanging over San Fran was especially bad, so my flight out of CA got delayed. Which gave me 5 minutes to grab my connector in Dulles once I was back on the East Coast. I looked like something out of Swamp People when I finally made it to my connecting concourse and gate. And then when they told me the doors were shut and they would not be offering me a refund–I all but had a Toddlers and Tiaras meltdown right then and there. Thankfully, I think they realized this and let me on the plane, but not before charging me extra money for my carry-on since they had already performed their weight checks. Whatever, just put me on the damn plane.

 Cheers, San Francisco! I’ll see you when you install a subway system to cart me up those hills.

October 12, 2012


  • I did the night tour of Alcatraz on my last trip–it was phenomenal! It was pretty spooky, thanks to the guide walking around with us.

    And I agree with your obsession of the holocaust (due to the personal stories) too. My Oma and Opa lived in Amsterdam during the holocaust and my Oma's family took in some Jewish girls and pretended they were her sisters. Although the girls family's died, her "Jewish Sisters" made it through and they all grew old together! I didn't get to meet any of them until my Oma's funeral but hearing their stories first-hand was one of the coolest things I had ever experienced!

  • We went to Alcaztraz recently too! It was fun! Nice pics~


  • We may actually be separated at birth. I, as well, have a weird fascination with the Holocaust. Have you read 'Sarah's Key'? DO it if you haven't!!

    And yes, wine makes all things better.

  • My Bachelor's degree is in Secondary Education with a focus in History because I knew it was one of the few jobs that would pay me to love history. (Too bad I could never find a teaching position! ugh.) Lovelovelove history!

    I wanted so badly to tour Alcatraz, but my parents and I only stayed in San Fran for one day. And when my dad got lost? He drove us straight out of the city. (He kinda panics when it comes to city driving. boo).
    And I did a bus tour the first time I ever went to NYC when I was 18. I always hated the fact that it screamed, "Hey, look at me! I'm a tourist!!" But I really did learn so much more riding around on top of a bus, and I got to skip dealing with cabs for most of the week. It was awesome.

  • I'm the same way about the Holocaust! Books, movies, everything!
    I went to Alcatraz when I was in San Fran, too!

  • I am so like you.. I'm fascinated/obsessed/intrigued by the Holocaust or any sort of thing like that. I think it's really cool that you went to Alcatraz! I'd love to go.

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  • What an amazing trip. I've always been interested in learning about the Holocaust too, def seems weird to have an "interest" in something so awful, but history interests me too!!

  • Haha I'm glad you guys had fun at Alcatraz. How did you like Napa? Isn't is amazing?

  • Dude….I love old prisons.

    Have no shame my friend.

    And you and Dane, just too cute for words. Can I be your bridesmaid?

  • I love those hearts all around SF, super cute!

  • I was so sad that we didn't get to go to Alcatraz last time. I went in September, and it was cold then, too!

  • Tell me about these socks that stick out of your boots. Where do I get them? I love the look!

  • Alcatraz is such a creepy place, but it's also very intriguing. You just can't stay away.