Monday, October 22, 2012

Seafood Festival

Last weekend we were at the beach for the Seafood Festival! It's such a fun time to be at the beach!! Good food, good friends and good music!!! There is one downside.....the traffic!!
We took our good friends, Mary Sue and Phil Lindsey to the beach and showed them our condo. We had asked Mary Sue to paint for us a sign with our name for our condo.....Gone Coastal!! And it was beautiful and now hangs in the condo.
We first stopped at LuLu's for lunch! It's such a fun place for everyone! They were getting their haunted house ready for Halloween. We then hung out at the condo for a little bit and shortly headed out to the Seafood Festival on Friday night. We visited all the booths and bought a few things and then headed for the seafood to try a couple of goodies. And to round out the evening we went to the Swinging Medallions concert and what a blast!!! They played all of their oldies from the past but the guys have added some new songs to appeal to the younger crowd and wow did this do a great job!!
Saturday we hung out at the beach for a couple of hours and it is just beautiful at Gulf Shores in October.....plenty warm enough to lay out at the beach, although the water is a tad cool! We also attended our condo homeowners association meeting for the quarter and then headed back to the festival for another round of seafood, shopping, and music!!! We tried to eat some of the goodies we had missed the day before and of course had to try the homemade ice cream, which is  always delicious!!! And watched an interesting band called Superhero's that all dressed as superheros, but played some really good rock-n-roll!! They were fun to watch also! They had two superhero pole dancers at one point.....very interesting! (sorry I didn't photos of them....wasn't fast enough with the phone!)
Just had lots of fun and love all the time I get to spend at the beach!!! It was so great seeing Mary Sue and Phil too!!!
 Pictures of our fun weekend!


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Friday, August 10, 2012

Sausilito

More adventures from our California trip include a trip to Sausilito. It's a great little town right on the water that has some great views. My niece, Rebekah works in the Starbucks there and so she turned out to be a great tour guide for us!
Of course our first stop was at the Starbucks so that we could meet and visit her co-workers.
And then it was off to the scenic view of San Francisco which is just across the bay from the city and just across the street from the Starbucks. Of course we all had to have pictures made in front of the view.
Looking down the street from this view toward the ferry
 
Such a quaint town with some very pretty views and some really neat shops!
There is also something interesting that I had never seen before......this is a street........
And this is where it ends down below
Rebekah pointing out that this is really a street!
This is looking up the street (stairs)
Yep that is Excelsoir street that ends up as stairs.....but it's still a street!!! How weird is that???

We also ate at one of the most famous restaurants in the San Francisco, California area because of it's awesome views of the city and the food wasn't bad either, The Spinnaker.

As you can see the restaurant sits out over the water with full glass windows which are what affords you the gorgeous views.

And we visited the Yacht Club nearby. I love looking at the boats and there are mainly sailboats at this club. I would have visited the Yacht Club store, but it just happened to be closed the day we were there.
 It was a really good day and anytime I am near the water it's always good! Rebekah was such a great "Tour Guide Barbie", as we began calling her. 
Another picture for another picture perfect day!



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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Alcatraz

Until you've been to Alcatraz or are familiar with the west coast of the United States near San Francisco, you really don't get how cold and desolate Alcatraz Island is. And what a perfect place for a federal prison, except for the fact that bringing power and water and food to the island, let alone anything else was a huge challenge!
What a neat place to visit! There is so much history here and the audio tour is the BEST I've ever heard! It is narrated by former prison guards, prisoners and woman that was a child raised on the island when her father worked at Alcatraz. Obviously all with different perspectives about life on Alcatraz! What a challenging environment to live in on this fairly small island. And after visiting you can see why no one escaped! The winds howl, the water is frigid, and just getting out of a cell was a major feat, but there were 14 escape attempts. And oh my......to be stuck in isolation there!
You can get fabulous pictures there!!
 Here is what the island looks like when you are on the ferry going to the island. It is absolutely beautiful! The day could not have been any better either!
This is what a typical cell at Alcatraz looks like!



 This is the sign you see when you first disembark from the ferry to the Island. Do you see Indians Welcome?? That was from the 1970's when a group of Indian activists took over the Island and claimed it for all indians and wanted to use it. However, the federal government didn't allow that to happen. Things did begin to change for the indians after this incident.



 This is a shot of San Francisco from Alcatraz, you get a really nice view of the city here!
Here is my sister and her husband, Jeff and their daughter Rebekah, our tour guide!!

Jim and I with the city skyline!

  
The Golden Gate Bridge view from Alcatraz!
 If you are ever in San Francisco you definitely need to make plans to take the tour of Alcatraz! Enjoying this trip immensely and can't wait to share more with you!!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain