California Vacation and a Few Pictures, Part III
Day 3 of Cali
You know, it's kind of funny. I often spend so much time in my capacity as an corporate event photographer in Dallas running all over the place, that when it comes to vacations all I like to do is relax, sit still and do absolutely nothing. However, in our vacation that was the absolute last thing that we did. I think when you are somewhere that has as many sights to see as California that you just cannot help yourself, and to be still the entire time would mean that you miss out. I guess we will save that time for our next trip to the beach.
However, though I didn't necessarily sit around, I was so refreshed to be out doing all of these amazing things with the love of my life. We got to have so many great experiences, and create wonderful memories. Since memories are all I'm about as an corporate event photographer in Dallas, it was the perfect vacation.
So Day 3 was our last full day in San Francisco and Aynsley and I were determined to make the most of it. We decided to spend the entire day in the city, and basically made our way down the wharves throughout the day. First stop was the Ferry Building. Such great history there, and I always love when historic architecture gets brought back to some of its former splendor. We went on a Tuesday, which is when they hold the farmer's market at the Ferry Building.
Ayns and I took our time checking out the different vendors, and got to sample some delicious California produce. I never realized how much of an agricultural powerhouse the CA is. That is until we passed by both Castroville and Gilroy, CA earlier in our trip, which are the artichoke and garlic capitals of the world, respectively. Thus by the time I came to the market I was stoked. There were several vendors on the outside, and just about everything else you could imagine inside. There were butchers, bakers, artisan cheese makers, and so many more. Basically it was a place that I never should be left alone at, especially with a checkbook (in case you didn't know, this corporate event photographer in Dallas is a major foodie in his spare time).
Though we didn't get to ride the historic trolleys down the street of San Fran, the streetcars helped to make up for it. This corporate event photographer in Dallas goes absolutely crazy for industrial vintage, so to see those beautiful urban streetcars in all their glory made my day. We did so much walking, even through the Tenderloin district (which is a whole other story), but there was no chance I was leaving before cruising on some of these beauties. We took the streetcars over to Fisherman's Wharf so that Aynsley could see the sea lions.
These were some of the most comical creatures I've encountered. I'm not sure if this is because they kinda look like pugs, or if pugs look and act like them. Everything about them is sheer whimsy and laziness, and I think Ayns could have watched them for the rest of the day. I guess since we didn't lay around on our vacay the sea lions helped pick up the slack by slacking off.
However, we still had one more stop for the daytime, which was the old Ghirardelli factory. Again, this was the kind of space to make any event photographer in Dallas drool on multiple levels. The sign was so dang cool! Ayns and I made our obligatory run at the ice cream shop to have another scrumptious sundae, and then made our way steadily back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. We had an amazing meal at Epic Roasthouse, which sits right below the Oakland Bay Bridge. It was the perfect way to spend our last night, enjoy the photos!