A piece of my heart resides in the Bay Area. Her name is Yvette, and she’s the best friend a girl could ever ask for.
I really don’t need an excuse to visit the Bay (I love it that much), but this past weekend we celebrated Yvette’s birthday, and it was nonstop fun from the moment I got off the airplane. Here are a few snapshots from the journey.
“Off the Grid” at the Oakland Museum of California. Run, don’t walk. It’s a one-stop wonderland where hipsters, well-dressed toddlers and food truck connoisseurs convene to mingle, converse, eat, dance to live music and explore the exhibits. I couldn’t have asked for better company than Sierra and Yvette (SAY Love Crew).
Once inside the museum, we ran wild trying all the many interactive features the venue had to offer — my favorite being the “Foley” sound studio, where we provided the sound effects to black-and-white features from the 1940s using various props.
“Fun” doesn’t even begin to convey how much we enjoyed the museum.
Saturday morning I got to fulfill a lifelong dream when we visited the “Painted Ladies” (a.k.a. the “Full House” houses) in San Francisco.
When in Rome …
Bi-Rite Creamery. I scream. You scream. Probably THE BEST ice cream I’ve had in life. Do yourself a favor and try the honey lavender and orange cardamom flavors. So good!
The weather was quite pleasant. We returned to the East Bay for a picnic at Oakland’s Lake Merritt. Yvette was amped about using her wine and cheese picnic basket, if you couldn’t tell.
We had a blast with friends, especially those of the four-legged variety. Look at these precious girls.
Later that night we ran wild in Downtown Oakland. Not before taking these amazing photos.