When my daughter had a free three day window to come and visit, I took full advantage of her car rental and GPS services.
We dashed from one side of the bay to The City, and looked at every pece of art at the De Young Museum. We even had lunch and toured the garden sculpture. I tend to hurry through and revisit my favorite pictures or sculptures, but she does the museum by going up and down each wall in order. By the time we had walked around the Japanese Tea Garden, smelled every rose in the Rose Garden, we were sort of tired, so went to dinner at a new place in Alameda.
The Alaska Cod was delicious, but since the price was not listed, I noticed that the total was several digits higher than I am used to paying for dinner out. That was without any wine also. When we are dieting now, we can remember the taste of the bubbly water and the French bread slices dipped in olive oil and vinegar, which was quite memorable.
So that was Day One!
The next day we wanted to do something different so scooted north into wine country, taking a picnic lunch. We stopped at a ritzy looking wine tasting spot, and started to settle in around the back at some picnic tables to eat our bag lunch, when an employee with name tag asked if she could help us.
We explained that we were just “taking a break” and wanted to eat our lunch. It turned out that our spot was for employees only, so we went out front with all the other visitors and assured the nice lady that we fully intended to buy something.
We did not taste any wine, but bought lots of chocolate and one bottle of Chardonay.I will probably have some tonight with my salad.
After getting directions we journeyed on up the valley and found a relative’s vineyard. Happily, my daughter knew the cousin that came out to greet us, so we got a tour through the caves. The family winery is small but they do everything on site from growing the grapes to bottling the product out of the casks.
Since I had already bought a bottle of wine elsewhere, and it was pretty busy in the wine tasting room, we were on our way after sending greetings to the rest of the large family of cousins, in laws, nieces and nephews.
After negotiating our way over the Golden Gate bridge and touring the Presidio, we met up with more family at the Stonestown Galleria and had a bit of supper. The Apple store is an ideal waitng place for kids and adults alike, as my grandson got to play on the new tablets and practice his spelling. He is 4, and a pretty literate person already.
The GPS had run down the battery on my daughter’s phone, so after she charged it up at the Apple Store, she had to spare the batteries and we just used the map function for the commute across the bay again.
After a good nights sleep we were ready for the tour of the town, and dropped by the U.S.S. Hornet Museum to take photos and look at the City from the eastern tip of the former naval Air Station. We had both had tours of air craft carriers already, so continued on to the Oakland Museum of California.
This was the most delightful visit, and I wished we had more time, but we did have a full account of Giant Robots and the history of ‘zines.
I remember the original museum that I visited in 1959 or so, and this new one is all totally renovated. Some of the dioramas are the same in content and focus, but probably using new stuffed coyotes and grizzly bears.
I think the folk art feel is very family friendly, and hope that more of my relatives can come over and enjoy this collection as much as I have over the years.