Friday, July 16, 2021

July activities

 Salinas, CA

We've been off and on busy since the last post.

The garden is getting over grown with
tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.
I should have taken a picture before posting this blog!

I've decided to try growing dahlias,
and they are beautiful!
I combined it with a couple of the roses
to make a nice bouquet.

Of course we have gone to Hahn
with several different friends..

The grapes are looking great this year,
and the view always makes me smile.

Cooper loves to lay out in the sun
with me, what a goof!

George's birthday was Tuesday, 
so we took a trip to San Francisco.
Since we had to take Cooper,
I found a dog friendly hotel,

We were upgraded to a 'city view' room,
which we laughed at.
Through the dusty window we could see
the fog enshrouded Transamerica building.

After we got checked in on Sunday afternoon,
we walked the few blocks down to Fisherman's Wharf..

The hotel had given us a 10% off coupon to
a great Italian Seafood place called Cioppino's.
Sitting outside was nice, if a bit chilly.
Cooper was good, and ate a few bites of sourdough bread :-)

The next day, Monday, we walked down to Pier 39 
to walk around and in some shops.

Cooper was enthralled by all the sights
and smells of the city.

There are some great views of the bay
from the pier.
As is usual, SF was foggy and chilly!
We had a view of the Golden Gate Bridge,

and Alcatraz..

George really wanted to get a sourdough bread bowl
with chili..
so we went to Boudin..home of the best sourdough!
I opted out of the bread, but got a wonderful
cup of clam chowder with a Caesar salad.

After getting lunch and shopping a bit,
we decided a rest was in order.
Cooper was pooped from all the walking,
and I think that George was too!

Once everyone was fully rested,
we made our way to Ghirardelli square.
Always love that area!

On the way there,
we trudged uphill first to take
a look at Lombard street.

San Francisco has very steep hills,
and in 1922 the residents decided to 
change the steep hill into 8 hairpin turns.
Hydrangeas make it a beautiful street.

Once we got to the top,
we made our way downhill to

Views of the city and the bay are terrific..
Coit Tower..

..and tall ships.

Of course ice cream sundaes were on the list..

and Cooper got his first taste of ice cream..
vanilla of course!

That was the end of Monday,
we were all pooped then!

Tuesday was check out day,
so on our way out George
drove through the city a bit,
and down Lombard for good measure.

We really enjoyed our time there!


  1. Your flowers are beautiful. I would love to see your garden. I’m laughing at the idea of a “city view” room being an upgrade. Nice picture of Cooper and George and the sleeping one is cute. Happy B’day George!!!

  2. I so envy you are two things. Able to do all that walking. Leonard can do close to no walking and I'm not much better.

    Second is growing the veggies. Ours have been a complete failure in the raised bed he built. We got raised bed Miracle Gro but nothing, NOTHING has thrived nor grown. We put together a compost set up that rotates to mix what we put in. All this years attempts will be compost and we will try again next year.

  3. With the large homeless population in SF, I bet there were all kinds of smells for Cooper to "enjoy", you, maybe not so much! ;c)