Subject: Travelling Lite and San Francisco
Hi to all the fun folks on Travelzine,

We just returned from San Francisco. First to share a neat little article that we found in the Sunday Chronicle:

Sunday, April 21, 2002 (SF Chronicle) Key to travel happiness may be in what stuff stays home John Flinn

You may enjoy reading it. I know we did.

We actually did pretty good packing for this trip. Hubby got all his in one bag and I toted an extra just in case we came back with more than we left with. We didn't. Mail Boxes Etc. can be a great place to stop.

We didn't do a whole lot this trip. The first week we doggy sat for our son and his wife while they went to Hawaii. We took our pooch, Sunny, with us as she loves to visit family (especially furry family members). Not wanting to leave the dogs for too long or to tucker them out when we took them with us, we limited our trips to about five to six hours total. You don't go too far in San Francisco with those time restraints.

We went to Berkeley (REI and Easy Going Travel Shop), Corte Madera (Book Passage and the Town Centre, a really neat shopping center with a lovely courtyard), Sausalito, Tiburon/Belvedere (where we walked the recreation trail with the crew), and Point Bonita lighthouse in the Marin Headlands (gorgeous day for a walk to an incredible lighthouse as long as you don't mind walking across a suspension bridge high above the Pacific -- 1300 - 1530, Saturday through Monday). One of these years we are going to do the trail around Rodeo Lagoon to Rodeo Beach, but the ticks are bad this year so we had to settle for enjoying the view from the park HQ building. We also went to Half Moon Bay, San Martin (wanted to putter around the Camping World store), downtown on the Bart for Rand McNally and Stacey's bookstores and then took the street car to Get Lost Travel Books. Burlingame for breakfast at Stacks (yum!) and West Portal several times for dinner. Lots of restaurants and every one we've eaten at has been great. Our last day we drove past Fort Funston, Ocean Beach and through the Presido on our way downtown to Ghirdardelli Square and Fisherman's Wharf. We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (above Macy's?). Outstanding!

All in all, a nice, relaxing trip. The flights went well and Delta took outstanding care of Sunny, which matters a lot. If Sunny got frequent flyer miles, she's be more than eligible for a free flight.

Best wishes to all and happy travelling (and packing lite!),