Hotdogs, Garlic Fries and Baseball

My friend bought some baseball tickets for us to hit up a game while on our Californian road trip. When we worked in Korea together, for two seasons we tried to go, but for one reason or another it didn’t happen. I was most pleased when he told me he had gotten tickets to see the San Francisco Giants! I was excited about the game and also about crossing it off my bucket list 🙂
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We arrived early and each got a souvenir apron upon entry. Yeahhh! Then there were some players doing signings, so I got an autograph from a player. Unfortunately, I still don’t know his name. Sorry! We walked around the stadium and I took in all the sights as we slowly made our way up to what would be classed at the nosebleed section.
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This turned out to be a major blessing. In my opinion the view was pretty good, but aside from that we had a fantastic shaded area. It was an extremely clear day in the bay, which I’ve heard is not often the case. So with the clear blue sky came the blazing sun.
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The atmosphere at the ballpark was jovial and of course my own excitement meant I was buzzing. I was forewarned that baseball games could go on for quite some time and could get boring too, so I was mentally prepared for that. I sat with the kids and read their baseball books with them. By the time the game started, I had a good idea of some things like foul, foul lines, bases loaded and a force out.
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As far as games go, this one was great one for a beginner (and regulars too I’d guess) as it was punctuated by some exciting plays. The Giants were playing the Minnesota Twins and kicking their butts. I cheered my little baseball newbie heart out, “Let’s Go Giants!”. During the seventh-inning stretch (that’s the break in the middle of the 7th inning) we went to get a couple snacks. A hotdog which we HAD to get because we were at a baseball game. And garlic fries which we HAD to get because we were at a baseball game in San Francisco and this is apparently a must. They were nice, but boy were they garlicky. I really like garlic, but even for me it was a lot.
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We returned to watch the remainder of the game, which from the score, it was clear that the Giants were set to be the victors. The experience I had was pretty much exactly as I thought it would be, based on numerous movies and tv shows. It was a fun day out and definitely something I’d be up for doing again. Let’s Go Giants 😉

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The Golden Gate Bridge

The first time I set eyes on the Golden Gate Bridge, I was with some friends driving to San Francisco from Sacramento. It was a truly beautiful Sunday afternoon and we’d had an enjoyable ride down. As we approached the bridge, I was in awe of it. We drove across it, heading to my next stop in California and I really couldn’t believe it as it was happening.
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For years I had seen this iconic bridge on TV shows and in movies and now I was just causally driving across it. It was unreal. I looked back over my shoulder, peering at it in wonder, as we drove on into San Francisco.

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A few days later my friend and his housemate drove me to the bridge so I could really see it. This is redundant, but I’ll say it anyway- it is MASSIVE! This modern wonder actually lived up to and surpassed my expectations. Luckily for me, it was a clear, gorgeous day at the bay, so I was able to see some fantastic views and get some great shots.
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After taking in the view from where we had parked, we took at stroll onto the bridge. I didn’t really feel like I was that high up until we stopped to peek over the railing. My goodness, the drop was immense. When you look up to get the full height of it, your head has to tilt right back to see it all. For me it was definitely a wonder.
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When the picture taking reached it saturation and the evening chill descended upon us, we made our way back to the car. I was most pleased with our little outing. If you ever get a chance to visit the fabulous city of San Francisco, make sure to dedicate some time to seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Go for a walk across it or you can rent bikes and ride across. From my experience I think you definitely won’t regret it!

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Visiting the Golden Gate Park

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I had the afternoon free, so I decided to head over to Golden Gate Park. The hardest part about that was picking what to see. That place is massive! I checked the map and decided I would realistically be able to see about 2 areas of the park at a leisurely pace. I settled on the botanical garden and the Japanese tea garden.

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The botanical garden was free that day~ yay. So I got myself a map and set off on my stroll. The park was largely divided by regions/countries of the world, along with some other categories.

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I wandered through it all. I was particularly interested in the garden of fragrance, because I love the smell of fresh flowers and fragrant plants. I also wanted to check out the South Africa area, since I missed out on going to the botanical garden in Cape Town earlier this year and it’s suppose to be pretty impressive.

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After taking in the sights and smells there, I headed over to the Japanese garden. However, given that you had to pay to enter and they had less than an hour before closing, I decided to give it a miss. From the outside it looked pretty though ^_^
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I would love to go back to San Francisco in general and when I do, I’ll be making the Golden Gate Park a priority. With bike riding, a conservatory of flowers, lakes and a Segway tour, why wouldn’t I? Check it out if you get a chance. Go back if you have already been. You know you want to.

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