Bay Area Trip

I realized I never wrote about our northern California trip in September!

Cadillac went with me to an event and we also audited a bunch of offices. I don’t mean we– he did– I sat in the car.

We managed to sneak in a side trip to San Francisco. Actually, we went there twice– Cadillac had to come back and look at an office on Monday. Or was it Tuesday? It was really quite a long road trip.

Here is a lychee martini at a Thai restaurant. What Thai restaurant, you ask? That is a good question. I found it on Yelp and it was really good and also quite inexpensive, though very nice. I think it was like $35 for all our food and alcohol.


The night we arrived in SF, it was typically cold and drizzly.

These next are City Hall and stuff like that. It looks pretty in the pics. When we walked through, though, there were homeless people shouting, “Fuck you!” at each other. Not because they were going to fight– I think they felt like shouting it.



The next day, it was in the mid-90s! I’d really looked forward to wearing my coat. Oh well.

We just walked around and looked at touristy stuff. Not pictured: the giant chocolatey croissant from Ghirardelli. These pics are post-after I cleaned my face.


I told the kids that Cadillac moved this anchor. They found the story highly entertaining and at least the youngest one believed it. They think he’s the Hulk and they like to make up stories about him ala Paul Bunyan.

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Driving in SF is difficult in that there’s little parking to be found. The thought of parking the car in order to ride a street car was not appealing. So I took a photo of it.



On the last day, we were going to go to the California Academy of Sciences, but holy smokes, it was like $30 to get in. We only had an hour before we had to drive to Oakland Airport so we decided it wasn’t worth it on this trip. I just figured out if we take





Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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