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It is no secret that my family loves where we live.
We are less than an hour south of San Francisco,
and we take advantage of the city whenever we can.
Our getaways to this city, where we left our hearts, could be for just a few hours or overnight.
Great restaurants, exciting sporting events, inspiring museums, dynamic concerts...
San Francisco has it all,
but there is one thing that leaves me breathless every time we venture north -
The Golden Gate Bridge!
This vibrant, majestic icon gives me a feeling of hometown pride every time I see it.
During a fun lunch at Red Robin, on our drive up to the city ,we plotted our course.
Armed with their infamous Onion Rings and lots of Gold Peak Tea,
we debated on the best ways to see the Golden Gate.
We started in the Marina, at Crissy Field...
If you look to the right, you'll see Alcatraz...
I highly recommend doing a tour of "The Rock",
it is fascinating and the views of the city are incredible.
Look behind you and you'll see the Presidio...
It is one of the nation's oldest and most beautiful military posts.
The stately buildings now host cultural gems
such as the Officers' Club, Walt Disney Family Museum
and George Lucas's Industrial Lights and Magic.
The grounds have fog-shrouded forests, beautiful fields
and even weekly Food Truck festivals all with amazing views of the bridge.
But one of my favorite ways to enjoy the bay is strolling
the Crissy Field path on to Fort Point.
Summers in San Francisco can be colder than the winter,
so often a quick stop at
The Warming Hut is mandatory.
It is full of treats and gifts and a welcome cozy atmosphere along the way...
In typical Bay Area style, you never quite know what you will see.
For some, it is still the summer of peace and love in a festive VW Bus...
Before you know it,
you are at the base of the bridge.
As you look toward Marin, the bay is on your right and the mighty Pacific Ocean to your left.
There is nothing better than refueling your mind and spirit with a day on the bay.
Afterward, we relaxed on the Crissy Field Beach, took in the view and sipped on Gold Peak Tea.
It's home brewed taste is crisp, refreshing and comforting just like the city we love.
Enjoying life's simple pleasures is what it's all about...
and finding those special "golden" moments with family and friends is priceless.
Don't forget to drink it all in!
(view from Land's End, another favorite vantage point)