The wake and funeral were to take place in San Francisco, and after some thought, we decided to go and pay our last respects. We packed our bags and our two boys into the care for the day long drive from San Diego to San Francisco. We started at 4AM thought darkness, then fog and drizzle up the 5 North then 101 North.
As we approached San Francisco, we stopped in Mountain View, California to surprise our 5 year old with a quick drive through and photo opportunities at the Google campus. He loves technology and is an avid user of Google products. He knows how to use Google drive, maps, search, apps, and more. He has his own Google Nexus 7 which he's customized himself! At the Google campus, we saw a few Google bikes, a Google self-driving car, the van that takes the images for Google maps, several Android status, and more! We weren't able to go inside any of the buildings, but there was lots to see on the outside.
|The Garcia Bros. on Garcia Avenue|
Google maps imaging car
|Garcia Bros and the Andriod Team: Fro-Yo, Gingerbread, Eclair, Ice Cream Sandwich, Honeycomb, and Jellybean|
|Google Self-driving car|
|Google campus bikes|
The visit to San Francisco was bittersweet because the trip was initiated because of a passing away of a family member, but it gave my husband and I a chance to share San Francisco with our kids. San Francisco is a very special place for my husband and I.
San Francisco is the place where I was proposed to, so we brought our sons to the Palace of Fine Arts to the exact place my husband got on one knee and asked "Will you marry me?".
San Francisco is also the place where I ran my first 1/2 marathon, a great accomplishment for me. I pointed out key spots in the city where I ran during the 13.1 miles back in 2011.
We also visited a few other spots:
Golden Gate Bridge
|See the bridge hidden amongst the fog and rain?|
Lucas Films and Yoda Fountain at the Presidio
On our way home back down the 101 South and 5 South, we stopped at Casa de Fruta to grab a bite to eat and let the kids get their sillies out before the long ride home.
|Train ride around the farm for my boys! Daddy looks so happy!|