San Francisco: Day 4 of 5

August 6, 2013
City Lights Booksellers

*Note: I was in the middle of recapping my 5-day trip to San Francisco, before I was in this car accident. This week, I’d like to finish that series of posts and share what I did with my final two days.

On Saturday morning, I think I slept in until… 8:00 a.m.? If you know me, you know this is a big deal, lol. After plugging into the online world for an hour or so, I showered up and left for another day of exploration. I first bussed into the North Beach / Telegraph Hill area of the city, where I attempted to go for breakfast at Mama’s. However, when I saw a line that seemed to go down the block, I decided to cross the street and try Park Tavern instead.

Park Tavern San Francisco

Park Tavern is a relatively new restaurant (opened in 2011) and, situated next door to an Inn, was full of tourists. I was seated immediately and, after a quick look at the menu, decided to order the Crispy Polenta Cakes. Now, I can’t lie… it was pretty good. But the stomach ache that lasted all day afterwards was rough. What I found most fascinating about my dining experience, however, was the fact that the servers seemed to be waiting on me hand and foot. And then I realized: I’m alone and I’m writing in a journal. Maybe they think I’m a food critic or something!?

Ship in San Francisco

From there, I decided that Saturday would be the day I finally explored the Marina District. Before I had left for my trip, a couple different people told me it was a great area to walk around, shop, etc. So, in typical Cait fashion, I decided to get there on foot – even with blisters on my feet. And, of course, I took the extra long route along the water. Stupid, right? But it was kinda, sorta beautiful. After walking past Fisherman’s Wharf again, I went up and over Fort Mason and finally caught my first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Yes, that’s it there in the fog.)

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Mason

When I was at Fort Mason, I realized two things: 1) my phone was almost dead, and 2) it was almost time for me to meet Shannon again. I finally walked into the Marina District, found a Starbucks, curled up in a comfy chair and plugged my phone in for 45 minutes. (Solo travellers: keeping a cell phone charger in your bag is a must.) This was one of those moments where you realize how luxurious it can be to travel by yourself. Some people might have felt like sitting at a Starbucks was a waste of time, but I was grateful for both the iced coffee and the opportunity to put my feet up for a bit.

Sausalito California

Once my battery crossed the 75% charged mark, I decided to get up and head back out. And after going in and out of a number of stores (and purchasing only a few cards that I’m going to frame), I was happy when Shannon texted to say that she and her husband were on their way to meet me. On my first day at the ReadyForZero offices, Shannon mentioned that if I wanted to eat good ice cream and see the beach that I should head over to Sausalito. Fortunately, when I asked if she was free to join me, she said yes – and that’s what we did. (I forgot to take a picture of the ice cream, so you’ll have to take my word for it when I say that it was deeelicious.)

The three of us spent the afternoon walking up and down the very touristy strip of Sausalito, buying buckets full of taffy from Munchies (which I brought home with me – yum!), eating ice cream and doing some serious people watching. You know when you just click with people? I clicked with Shannon and her man. It’s so refreshing to hangout with people who are essentially total strangers and still have lengthy conversations with zero empty pauses and too many bursts of laughter. They drove me home after and, when I walked in the door, I realized it was nearly 8:00 p.m. And I was freaking exhausted… (Yes, that’s my way of saying I stayed in again. Stop judging me! lol)

  • Michelle August 6, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Very pretty! I love your pictures. And haha, yes, they probably thought you were a food critic!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Haha, I certainly wasn’t complaining about the good service! Although the coffee was gross (I forgot to mention that part).

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life August 6, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I just love your trip recaps! They always make me want to visit the places you write about. Also those polenta cakes look delish!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Ok, well definitely go to NYC, if you haven’t already been. But I honestly can’t say I loooved San Francisco… stay tuned for Thursday’s post.

  • Leona August 6, 2013 at 7:19 am


    Just discovered your blog–love it!!! Look forward to reading more!!!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Leona!

  • Tara @ Streets Ahead Living August 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Do you think it was the cheese and/or the amount of oil used to fry the polenta that made your stomach ache? because that looks super delicious!

    I’ve never been to San Francisco so your posts are making me want to go. Keep them up!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      It definitely could have been the oil… or just how rich it all was.

      One post to go!

  • psychsarah August 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    No judgement about staying in! I tend to do that on vacation. I go go go all day, then just crash to read, journal or watch tv in the evening. I’m not much of a “nightlife” anyway, so I don’t see it as a bad thing :) Sounds like a great day-it’s so refreshing to meet people that you click with so easily!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Yea, I’m a morning person who loves her sleep, haha. Happy to curl up by 11pm :P

  • Eva @ Girl Counting Pennies August 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    The photos look great! I love travelling on my own and can’t wait to go solo on my next trip!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Where do you want to get next, Eva?

  • Lindsey @ Sense & Sensibility August 6, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hey Cait! Your pictures are amazing! I love travelling on my own – it’s nice to be able to do thins at your own pace and make plans as you choose. Looks like it was a great trip!

    • Cait August 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks, Lindsey! It’s also interesting to see how much “fun” you can have by yourself… I used my goal of saying “yes” to everything and just didn’t think twice about too many things. It was great. :)

  • My Own Advisor August 7, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Great pics Cait!

    Hope things are better for you, you’ve had a rough go!


    • Cait August 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Mark!

  • Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption August 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    What exactly IS a polenta cake?

    It looks like you had some amazing weather while you were there!

  • Shannon-ReadyForZero August 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Thanks for not calling me out for the insane amount of taffy I bought ;). Buuuut, I still have a bunch left so maybe not the worst budget buster in the world :). It was so much fun hanging out with you and I can’t wait to hang out again at Fincon! I hope you’re getting back on your feet after the accident (I’ve been there – several times – and I know how long it can take to mentally get over it as I was scared to drive for weeks after mine). Get some rest and get better soon!

    • Cait August 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      I still have some too! No regrets with that purchase.

      And thanks, Crash. ;) I can’t wait to see you and Ben at FinCon!

      • Shannon-ReadyForZero August 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm

        hahahahaha I completely forgot I told you that – and nearly choked on my lunch because I was laughing so hard when I read this :).