Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Break + My Mama = Hiking!

I've been totally MIA from all things internet and blog related during my mama's visit, but that's A-OK cause we had so much fun! We probably walked 20 miles while she was here, most of which occurred in gorgeous locations . . . here's the rundown:

Friday night: Picked her up from the airport and went to Burma Superstar (yum!). During the wait, we ran to Marc 49 and had a glass of wine (i.e. she had a 3 wine flight and I had San Pellegrino). We ate samosa soup and rainbow salad and greens and it was delicious!

Saturday: Woke up and went to the Berkeley farmers market, had some coffee, hiked at the Lafayette Reservoir, bought some books, came home and cooked some ridiculously good fresh hand-made pasta (Meyer Lemon and Chili linguini) from the farmers market with swiss chard, broccoli, red pepper, garlic, and onion (whoa), and then entertained several of my fabulous friends.

Sunday: Made a quick pit stop at Bakesale Betty's for some scones/cookies/banana bread and headed up to Casa de Milo & Family (where Jeannette & Freeman met us) so my mama could meet the babies I love so much (and their parents!). JJ (Milo's dad) made us a wonderful breakfast, which we ate on their back patio overlooking a lake and Mount Tamalpais, and my little baby friends were as cute as ever. I love how Freeman says "Miloooooo." After brunch, we went to Muir Woods and did a rigorous, beautiful redwood hike, stopped at Mollie Stone's to pick up some veggies for dinner, and then came home and ate while watching the Sex and the City movie. A pretty dang perfect day.

Monday: Woke up early and met Gaela at Land's End, hiked down to Sutro Baths/Cliff House and back, then had lunch at Calzone's in North Beach (where Cathy's brother hooked us up with all kinds of scrumptious food from the kitchen). I had a swiss chard calzone, which in combination with the pasta from Saturday and Sunday nights, meant that I probably ate 3 heads full of chard over the weekend. After lunch, Mama and I went to the Marina and walked allllllll over, peeking in stores and enjoying what turned out to be a lovely, sunny, breezy day. Around 4:30 pm we drove to Golden Gate Park and walked to (and around) Stow Lake, which is always beautiful, and then were thoroughly exhausted when we got back to the car around 6. We stopped and picked up some burritos (to complete the Northern California experience) and headed home.

Today I drove her by Balboa on the way to the airport, which rounded out the trip . . . I'm sad to see her go, but it was such a fun time!

Here are some pics:

Mama on a rock on one of our beautiful hikes

Mama and me in Muir Woods

Sunday evening at Stinson Beach

in a giant, ancient redwood tree!

And now back to my normal, superbusy schedule.


bananas. said...

god...the bay area is so beautiful. i forget sometimes. haha.

no greyhounds for me. not a fan of grapefruit but the boy enjoyed his. i was pretty impressed with the half grapefruit they attach to the glass.

oakland may just be my new fav place to party.

Single said...

You and your mama are so pretty! I'm so happy she came to visit you! It looks like you had a wonderful trip together. I love you both and can't for our visit this weekend!

Jeanette said...

Looks like a perfectly fabulous time-out. Making me very excited to see my daughter who is coming home tomorrow night (for Easter)!!

Hope Chella said...

Hiking is amazing and I love spending time with my mom! Great blog :) I'll be following xx


Hope Chella said...

Awe, you are so awesome!!! That was the sweetest comment :D

I'm stoked to be blog friends now!!! haha

Hope Chella said...

-and happy I stumbled on your blog!!!

Erika said...

I can't believe you got your mom to go hiking with you - my mom would never do that. Then again, I'm not too likely to go hiking either, so really...who am I to talk?

I'm so glad the two of you had a fabulous weekend! And I adore that picture of you in the giant redwood tree!! :)

Jenn said...

I'm so happy you and your mom had such a great time together. My mom just left this morning and I am going through major withdrawal. It's not always easy being so far away!