San Francisco Treat

It was smokin hot at the Villa during our visit. Temperatures reached above 100 which is a pretty rare event. To keep cool Pops had the girls get in the fridge.
We took a jaunt into the city one day to try and keep cool. I had planned this as one of our outings and hyped it up to the kids. I imagined walking the Pier, seeing the seals, riding the cable cars, visiting the chocolate factory and taking them to the build a bear Max took me to when we were 16. I had grand visions of being the ultimate tourist and foolishly thought the kids were old enough to enjoy the sights of the city.

At about Pier 10 of 40 my overblown bubble popped. The build a bear had closed down and the kids were over the walk.
It was a very long walk.
But it ended with a bowl of chowder! Some of the best clam chowder I have ever had.
Everyone was a fan.
We ate every last crumb.
Even Hank enjoyed the chowder chow time.
During our road trip the kids watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I excitedly told them when we got to California we would get to visit the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory. I think they were a tad disappointed with visions of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers in their heads that there was just big vats of chocolate and no Willy Wonka to greet them.
So they played by the fountain with Max and Pops.
They would be lowered like a ballerina to touch the fountain. One foreign tourist asked if we were doing a religious performance or just for fun. LOL
We did have a fabulous chocolate banana split!
I was really hoping to ride the cable cars but the lines were long and the kids were pooped. Luckily we will have many visits to the Villa ahead of us where we can make it happen. Instead we jumped on the electric bus back to the ferry. This was Hank's favorite part of the day. Go figure!
We walked through the market and got a hearty laugh out of this sign. Tasty salted pig parts. Now we are talking! While it wasn't the day the kids or I had imagined, it turned out to be a pretty nice way to escape the heat wave and eat some tasty San Francisco treats!


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