Our big field trip of the year…..

Each year we go on one or sometimes two (like this year) BIG field trips per year.   This school year, we went to Monterey Bay Aquarium back in the fall, and in January, we went to San Francisco on the Amtrak.  It was a long day (had to be at the train station (20 minutes away from our home) at 5:30 am, and didn’t get back home until after 11 pm that night), but we had a great time!   We rode the amtrak train to Emeryville (at the base of the Bay Bridge, near Oakland), got onto a bus, and the bus took us directly to the Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf area.  We spent about 5 hours walking around the Fisherman’s Wharf area.   We did get to walk up to Ghirardelli Square and have a sundae at the cafe (which is actually closed right now for renovations, so they had an ice cream counter in the candy store at the end of Ghirardelli Square…..unfortunately, the hot fudge just wasn’t as good, it was actually rather disappointing), and walked through the art gallery that has a Dr. Seuss display….that was fun.  We got to see the sea otters at Pier 39 (one of my favorite things) and had sourdough bread bowls with clam chowder for lunch (and bought extra loaves to take with us on the train to snack on on the trip home that night).    It was an exhausting day, but was fun, and we are all already looking forward to next year!

Here are some photo highlights from the day:

The kids at Ghirardelli Square

One of the boats docked near Pier 39 (and you can see some of the sea otters on the pilings)

The skyline of the downtown area from Pier 39


Another skyline photo from Pier 39….this one includes the Coit Tower

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5 Responses to Our big field trip of the year…..

  1. Mari says:

    What a fun trip. It looks like it was a nice day. I love the sea otters!

  2. Jen says:

    What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Renee' says:

    Okay, I am officially homesick but I LOVED the pictures! Sounds like you all had a wonderful day! Before we moved to TX we lived in northern CA and Fisherman’s Warf was my second date with my hubby. Thanks for sharing and glad you all had a blast!

  4. Gail says:

    Looks like fun, your kids look cute and I love that first shot!

  5. Eileen Garner says:

    Now I’m itching to take the boys to San Fran. I’ve been dreaming of taking a train trip up there for ages.

    Oh, Eileen, it was so much fun! If you are taking the train from your area though, I would plan on bringing lots of activities….the kids got pretty bored on the train. We are already looking forward to next year’s trip. You know, when we plan it (it is a homeschool group that all goes together, for REALLY cheap!!!! I will make sure I let you know so that if you guys are free (the trip is generally planned months in advance) you can join us.

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