San Francisco Diabetes Style
We are never going to let Diabetes stop us! Next stop, San Francisco. The land of the Golden Gate Bridge was calling our name so we decided to take a flight out there and see what this place was all about. It is an incredible city with so many things to see and do. With amazing views of the beautiful city and bay, San Francisco has easily become one of our favorite U.S. cities. I want to share with you all what we thought were some must sees in this city… Alcatraz, AT&T Park, Muir Woods, Sausalito, plus a few more.
We visited San Francisco back in 2015, and at this time I was on the medtronic insulin pump. We were in a rush before we left for the airport, and I had taken a quick shower before jumping in the car. We were running late and half way to the airport when I realized I had completely forgot to reattach my pump when I got out of the shower and I had left it on the counter in the bathroom. It was too late to go back to grab it, so after much contemplation I decided I would get on the flight and go purchase long acting insulin at a pharmacy once we arrived in San Francisco. Once we arrived in San Francisco, I was able to find a CVS pharmacy but unfortunately it was late and already closed. I had to survive the night without a Lantus shot, and wait till the next morning to purchase some. As you can imagine, it was crazy expensive. Note to self – Don’t forget your insulin pump!
Lombard Street was the first place we stopped. This is afamous street in San Fran that is probably the most curvy road in the United States. It was a fun place to stop and take a picture in front of, and you can walk up to the top and watch cars drive down the crazy road. Definitely worth seeing!
Fisherman’s Wharf is probably the most touristy part of town to see. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and people buzzing around this part of town. Fisherman’s Wharf is down by the bay, and the most famous dish to eat is the clam chowder. You MUST try it! Very delicious, but it does come in a gigantic bread bowl. A fun thing to see at Fisherman’s Wharf is Pier 39. Here you can watch hundreds of sea lions interact, swim, and sleep right in front of you! I highly recommend going to watch the seals for a bit, it is a unique experience. There is a sea lion exhibit there as well where you can learn more about them. There is so much to do at Fisherman’s wharf including shopping, bike rentals, and tons of food to try. This is a great spot for families to visit.
We slept in the morning of day 2 due to jet lag, but today was the day I was most excited for! We were going to the Giants game and they were playing our very own Atlanta Braves! We started by hitting a brewery near the stadium, 21st Amendment Brewery. This place was dope and packed with people before the game. We tried their famous watermelon beer that actually came with a slice of watermelon on the side. It was delicious!
Next, we rolled over to the game and got the ChopHand strong as we were pumped to root on our home town Bravos. Unfortunately, the Braves ended up losing pretty badly, I think it was like 8-0 but we still had an absolute blast! This is the most amazing baseball stadium I have ever seen. The bay is right behind the outfield, and you can watch boats come up through out the game in the famous McCovey Cove. This is where Barry Bonds used to hit mega homeruns into the cove and kayakers would fetch down his homers. I highly recommend going to a Giants game, and I’m a big time baseball fan so this was the arguably the highlight of the trip for me.
It was time to get out and about and get some exercise! We decided to rent bikes down by Fisherman’s Wharf and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my wife’s favorite part of the trip. We started out biking along the beach where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge from a distance. The beach is a great place to stop and take a picture. The ride across the bridge is obviously incredible because your on the dang Golden Gate Bridge! But it’s also breathtaking and you can stop and take pictures as you ride along. After you cross the bridge you and keep riding for a few miles into a little town called Sausalito. This a really cool town where we stopped to eat lunch and grabbed some ice cream. The town has beautiful homes built into the sides of the hills around the city, and strips of shops and several restaurants that are located right on the water.
On day 4, we packed up our stuff and rented a car to drive to Monterey which was about 3 hours south of San Francisco. We went to see the famous 17 Mile drive. You start out by paying a fee at the gate, where you get a map and then you begin a scenic drive along the coast with tons of places to stop and get out to take pictures. This drive took up most of the day and you don’t want it to end! You end the drive at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Resort, where we ate lunch and got to watch many golfers tee off. I was tempted to tee off but the $500 rate quickly changed my mind. After we left lunch at Pebble Beach, we drove to a city called Carmel which is about an hour south. Carmel is a really cool town with very unique buildings, houses, shops, and restaurants. Carmel is known for its beautiful beach. We grabbed a coffee and watched the sunset on the beach that evening. I wish we could have spent some more time in Carmel but it was a great way to end the day!
On the fifth day, we woke up and drove north to Napa. This drive was unbelievably beautiful. We drove through the California country side and saw tons of mountains and scenic views along the way. It was about a 5 hour drive, so we arrived in Napa that afternoon and spent time at a local family only vineyard. We were the only ones there so we got a private tour and the wine was delicious. That evening we decided to take advantage of the spa at our hotel, and we tried a mud bath that is well known in that area. This is where you basically lay in a bath tub and warm mud is poured on top of you. You relax for about 15 minutes and the minerals in the mud are supposed to heal your skin and make you feel relaxed. It was a weird one of a kind experience, but we really enjoyed it!
On our final day of the trip, we woke up and headed back towards San Francisco. Along the way, we stopped to hike at a place called Muir Woods which is home to the gigantic Red Wood Trees. This was a fascinating place! It reminded me of the movie Planet of the Apes where Caesar amd all the other Apes climb up those enormous trees. These are the largest tress I have ever seen in my life, and you can easily spend a few hours here walking around in awe. Muir Woods is absolutely worth the stop and very close to the city. That afternoon we had one final stop, Alcatraz! Alcatraz was an incredible and erie experience. We learned so much from the tour and you definitely get your moneys worth. Alcatraz is full of history, so make sure to get the head phones and go on the tour. All in all, San Francisco was the jam and I’m looking forward to returning some day.