Monday, April 23, 2007

i *heart* norcal.

except for the chilly weather, of course (i'm truly a so-cal girl at heart. i'm not used to weather below 60 degrees!)

a recap of my lovely trip-

* somehow made it from the airport to berkeley on the bart. i'm surprised i didn't get lost. especially because these two extremely annoying girls were blasting their "cheap music" (as said by a nearby passenger) and i couldn't hear the announcements....i wanted to smack them.

* the shins were totally amazing. seriously. if you ever get a chance, you should go see them. they're AWESOME!

* while linda and elaine were in class, i finally did some scrap shopping (i haven't done any for MONTHS!) at scrapbook territory. ran into MG there...she is totally the sweetest. love that girl.

* had my fix of top dog and blondie's. and at elise's reccomendation, had nachos at la burrita and they were GOOD. and of course, strawberry nutella crepes. mmmm.

* also pigged out on chicago-style pizza at zachary's...that stuff ROCKS.

* loved the tri-tip at brazil cafe, which is literally a shack. i guess that is part of the experience. it's certainly a cool shack.

* and you just gotta love walking around in berkeley. i love the atmosphere.

* walked 1/4 of the golden gate bridge. i would've loved to go further, but we had no time!

* AT&T park is totally awesome. the only gripes? 1) it's the home of the hated giants, and 2) their parking is $30! (should've barted there. oh well)

* point reyes (i mean, check out the views on the site) would've been really amazing.....but it poured on us. and it was freezing. and foggy. apparently there's always bad weather on cal day (which was saturday). so i'm trying to convince the boys to roadtrip there over the summer...when it's not supposed to rain.

* pigged out at a seafood buffet in fremont. two words: crab legs.

* window shopping at elephant pharmacy. these organic/boho-ish stores have such cool stuff.

* me and elaine tried to finish 3 lbs. of ice cream at fenton's. well, we knew we weren't going to finish it, but ordered the ginormous banana special anyway. everyone kept looking over. it was hilarious.

* i didn't take that many photos. well, not as many as i thought i would. but here are some -


this thing sits in the lobby of my friends' apartment. it's been there forever. it's interesting


gotta love the flower stands on practically every corner up there! it's something you don't have in so-cal!


sather tower on the cal campus


one of the buildings on campus


from the japanese garden at golden gate park


this is probably a no-no in photo composition (distracting), but i kinda like it.


they had a place where you could have tea in the japanese garden. it was $3. i was up for it...then i saw that it wasn't very authentic. so i took a photo of these people instead. they look happy.


i love the buidlings/houses in san francisco! they're so cool - i want to live in one!


this is some palace in another part of golden gate park.


ah yes. the bridge!


at&t park. we sat next to some hilarious people. i was thinking that giants fans are so much nicer than LA fans....then we noticed that a nearby section was chanting "beat LA"...we couldn't figure out why...until we noticed that there were two kids sitting there and wearing dodger caps (why would you wear dodger gear to a giants game when it's not a game AGAINST the dodgers?)


i have a thing for stadium lights


a view from the stadium. told ya it was nice!


you can even see the bay bridge!


rainy rainy point reyes...we practically ran out for like a minute and ran back into the car. i'm sure this was not a good thing for my non-weatherproof camera...but i hid it in my coat when i wasn't using it.


this was from near the parking area for the lighthouse...i'm sure on a clear day you can actually see it. and i'm sure this view would be AMAZING on a clear day. but this is what i got. elaine was like "you could swear you were in a hurricane or something." ha.


out 3 lbs. of ice cream from fenton's. :)

21 comments:

Pound said...

so how was my boyfriend, james? did he miss me???

lol at how you just "ran into" mg. dude.

$30 for parking? i knew those giants sucked even more than i thought. and *i* would totally wear my dodger crap to a giants game when they weren't playing the dodgers. hmpf.

i also wanna live in a full house type house. =P

Brian L. said...

One word. Groovy.

Christen said...

I like the flower stand picture the best! If only it wasn't on auto :(

Wow you sure had a lot to eat!

See ya on Wednesday!

Michelle said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I really enjoy looking at your pictures. Love them!

Ali McLaughlin said...

Great photos Caroline! I've only been to San Fransisco once, grew up in Southern CA, but would love to go back. That ice cream looks SO good!

Magpie9759 said...

Found you via 2Peas. I was in norcal last week (from Ohio, no less) and desperately tried to be brave enough to drive to Scrapbook Territory from Oakland w/out my husband's navigational skills, but couldn't quite make myself try it. Sigh. The rest of the sightseeing was awesome, but I only got to one scrap store!

Amy Coose said...

I can't get over how amazing your photography is! You totally have an eye for it! Love the pics!

Wendy Reed said...

Holy cow gorgeous pics C! And ummm that dessert looks freakin' delish! :o)

melissa said...

wow caroline your photography is so amazing. I need to come to cali and get some leasons from you ;) I love the sather tower pic and that icecream is making me hungrey!

Tracy said...

great pics (especially that dessert - lol)! Sounds like a great trip.

kokopuffs said...

(with arms up in the air) woot woot!! Nor Cal!!

hahah...sometimes I think that I would never move back there, but its those times where you can really use the mellow attitude of Nor Cal that makes me reconsider.

and I forgot to tell you to go to the cheesebread place. It's just a block or two off campus, right on Shattuck. the other direction would be the infamous hippy/grungy/smelly part of Berkeley.

isn't Gilman street awesome?? (that's where ST is). and did you make it down to Paper Zone on the other end of the street?

those Full House houses are super expensive. if only one could afford one of those now.

and Giants??? never been to a game, but my brother has worn Giants stuff to a Dodger game before. and yes, he got booed and heckled. But he loved every minute of it. :)

buzziebie said...

Wow.... Love the photos! You have a great blog going on here :D

Kristen McD said...

That sounds like an incredible trip! The pictures are just gorgeous!

Michelle Guray said...

i'm so missing sf right now. i love your beautiful pics. i miss those corner flower stands too.

EK said...

I LOVE that you think 60 degrees is cold! That's time for breaking out the shorts here! :)

Alison said...

my goodness girl
these pics are AMAZING

Maggie Holmes said...

awesome photos as usual! looks like you had a great time!!

Rita Weiss said...

gosh girl...it'll be no time before you're in every magazine with your photography talent! I have a soft spot for no. cal. DH was born & raised in the Bay Area (Palo Alto) and we lived there together for over 8 years. Your photos make me long to go back....SOON! TFS Miss C!!

RACHEL =) said...

YAY for scrappy shopping and Chicago-style pizza, yummmmm!!!

Amazing pictures - seriously breathtaking, wow!!!!

Hugs, girl! :)

~currant7 said...

lovely photos!
i love the LO you did on EAT at your 2peas gallery. i scraplifted it! :)

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

I'm *from* fremont, but live here in SoCal (Big Bear now), where's this seafood place in fremont? totally wanna hit that next time I'm back home. your pics are great, and you gotta go back to point reyes when you get the chance, it's FAB.