As a San Franciscan for nearly a whole year now, the fact that I’d never been to Haight Ashbury was a cryin’ shame. Thank goodness, I have a good friend who helped me to remedy this blight yesterday!
I must admit, I had a total misconception about these famous streets. From everything I’d heard, I thought it’d be dirty and full of old hippies. Actually, Haight Ashbury is lovely, clean and super fun (albeit a tad touristy). And as for the hippies? Well, there were certainly a few colorful folks out and about, but I only saw one true hippie (see bottom right photo).
The Haight is full of AMAZING vintage clothing shops. Stuff you just can’t find anywhere else. I bought a really cute blouse, a bracelet and of course my obligatory Haight Asbury purchase - some incense for the house. It smells amazing!
Alison and I walked up and down the Haight, wandering in and out of shops. We stopped for lunch at this little diner and had some really yummy eats. I ordered a vegan burrito and man, that sucker was HUGE. I couldn’t even finish a third of it.
Such a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Thank you so much Alison, for showing me around. Peace and love, sister!
(All the pics were taken on my iPhone because my old camera is out of commission and my new one has not arrived yet! Apologies for the sub-par photo quality. I really wish I’d had my new camera because there were so many incredible photo ops on the Haight! I guess I’ll just have to go back again when this lady comes for a visit.)
Maya had been looking forward to today’s school field trip for weeks. And because it was my very last opportunity of the school year to volunteer my talented chaperoning services, I tagged along with the class - with Henry in the Ergo!
The San Francisco Zoo is located way, way out on the very westernmost edge of Outer Sunset and I had forgotten how windy it is out there by the water! And, being the Mother Of The Year that I am, I had my poor kid dressed in nothing but a tutu and a tank top. Thank goodness I found an old, near-forgotten cardigan in the bottom of my backpack!
All the kids were instructed to pair up when we got off the bus. Maya picked her friend Matty to be her buddy for the day. Matty is such a sweet boy. He was in charge of the map.
We saw zebras, giraffes, penguins, peacocks, monkeys, lions, tigers and a rhino. I wanted to take more photos but it was a challenge wearing Henry and minding M & M. I was only able to snap a handful of pics on my iPhone.
By the end of the tour, about half the class started melting down. Those little legs walked a lot and exhaustion had really set in. A few of the kids (including Matty) even fell asleep on the bus ride back to school.
Maya was tired too. When we got home, she grabbed her Beedoo (blanket) and a book, and crawled into our bed for a little rest before dinner, tutu and all.