Monday, June 22, 2009

SF Day Three - Dr Shingler!!!

This was the big day! Megan has worked so hard over the last three years and we are so proud of her!! Graduation was at the Masonic Center in Nob Hill. Here she is getting her diploma!

With Adi afterwards.

Brad and I with Dr. Shingler and Adi.

The Shinglers.

Bill and Debbie with Megan.

After graduation, Megan and her four closest girlfriends (plus one of their twin brothers who also graduated) hosted a dinner at this restaurant for friends and family. There were about 100 people there, including the namesake of the Pacific dental school, which was pretty cool.

We had a reception on the water before dinner. What great views this city has! And, then we went to Harry's for one last hoorah!

The trip home on Monday was pleasant and uneventful. Yay!!!

I was at home for Father's Day and am now traveling in the upstate for work. I will post new pictures later this week! Ciao...

SF Day Two (PM)

After brunch, we went to Napa! On the way, we stopped for photo ops at the bridge. We had amazing weather, as you can tell!!
View of the bridge from the marina.

Megan and Adi at the bridge lookout.

Self-portrait with the bridge. Nice shot huh?

Panoramic view of the bay.

Brad and I with Megan and Adi.

Megan reserved a picnic table for us at Rutherford Hill, which has a great view out over the valley. They have a yummy Syrah!
View from Rutherford Hill.
We ate dinner that night in Sausalito, at The Spinnaker. I don't have any pictures because we were a little rushed when we got there and it was dark by the time we left. But, this place has 270 degree floor-to-ceiling windows over the bay. So, we got to enjoy the views from the other side of the bay during dinner!

SF Day Two (AM)

It is hard to keep all of these in order so, I am not being such a perfectionist at this point. On Saturday morning, the University of the Pacific hosted a brunch at The Fairmont as a thanks to friends and families for their support of the graduates.

It was on a rooftop garden that was entered from the front on the first floor but was 3-4 stories up on the back. That's San Francisco for you!
The Shinglers!

Megan and Brad with their Aunt Ellie and Uncle Ron from Pennsylvania.

Brad and Megan.

Brad and I.

The Shinglers and their significant others. Aren't we lucky? : )


Adi and Megan with his parents.


Bill and Debbie.

Now some scenery of the garden. Before the crowds arrived...

Bird of paradise. One of my favorites!!

Chandelier in The Fairmont. Crazy huh?

View of cable cars from the garden ledge.

View of the bay from the garden.

Same view, without zoom. : )

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SF Day One

I am finally able to spare a few minutes to post my pictures! So, of course, the story starts with a delayed plane. My flight out of Charleston was delayed 2.5 hours due to storms across the SE and did not land until 10 minutes before my connection in Atlanta was to take off. Brad was standing with his foot in the gateway door but, as expected, they were not anxious to wait for me. However, after my OJ-like sprint through the airport (and some delays on the flight attendant's part), I made it. And, I mean barely!!! If we had missed this one, we would have been forced to wait until 5 PM on Friday or noon on Saturday. Yikes!! We finally got to bed about 4:30 AM Georgia time. I can not sleep on a plane so Friday morning was pretty chill...

That afternoon, we walked around the wharf area, up to Ghirardelli Square (for a tasting!) and ate at Fishermen's Grotto. Then, we traveled to Telegraph Hill to see Coit Tower and great views of the city.
Parrots in the trees up on Telegraph Hill.

View of the city from Telegraph Hill.

View of city, bay and bridge from Telegraph Hill.
Shot down Telegraph Hill's sidewalk and up on the other side of town. We passed a guy coming up and he was winded!
Shot of Lombard (crooked street) from Telegraph Hill.
Shot of Coit Tower from Lombard Street.

View of Alcatraz from Lombard.
Lombard. Beautiful huh?
Going down Lombard,
In this!! As mentioned before, not exactly legal.
Wonderful restaurant in Pacific Heights where we enjoyed dinner.

Brad's lamb was the pick of the night! Brad and I went to Harry's afterwards. One of the few 'normal' bars in SF.