Who needs a reason to go out and explore, especially when you’re living in California? The minute I get a vehicle delivered, I pop back into the house for a quick minute, leash Alfie up and we’re on our way.
And because I can’t say no to this cute face! Usually I do this first so I can take photos while the car is spic-n-span and free of dust, but also â€” hello sport mode fun! I just discovered this over the weekend, that when you put cars in sport-mode… it’s automatically jumped up from being: okay this is fun, to: whoa this is awesome.
Also, I’ve noticed lately a lot of review cars are red. I wonder if there’s a reason for that?Â
I got the Mazda 6 last Thursday for review, so that’s when I took Alfie on a jaunt around town, exploring neighbourhoods. Since my husband was working on Friday, I decided to venture out to the climbing gym and meet my internet climbing buddies, turned into real life climbing buddies. You might know Esther and Jacob from their blog Local Adventurer!Â
We bouldered for about an hour, then left the gym to meet up with Lauren, and Jessica for lunch at the new Eureka restaurant in Cupertino. No photos taken, only Snapchat videos that are forever deleted (ahem, unless you follow me). But wow, what a gorgeous little area to hang out in! We were there for a couple of hours, andÂ since it’s a new build that IÂ haven’t checked out for a while, they also added a Phil’s Coffee (which is so picturesque it’s insane).
I only took photos of the palm trees, because I still feel like a newbie tourist here. I love it.
Saturday was pretty low-key and we didn’t do too much. Yawn! OH WAIT. CHANGED MY MIND.Â Except for the morning when my husband called me mentioning he got a flat tire on his bicycle and it was unrepairable due to the tube busting out of it.
Mazda to the rescue!
Alfie and I hopped in the car and drove 30 minutes north on the highway (he wasn’t on the highway, I obviously had to exit lol) to bring him gear to fix the tire. He didn’t want a ride home! So we hung around with him as he fixed his tire, and we watched all the other cyclists pass by (a lot of them stopped and asked if we needed help), it’s a hotspot area for cyclists for sure! Wow.Â
Sunday, we ended up checking out a new-to-us pizza place called 1000 Degrees Pizza since we had a free coupon to go try it out. We ended up doing a build-your-own 10″ pizza to split between the two of us and we added SO much stuff.
The regular cost would’ve been $8.95 which is a decent deal for a nice wood-fired thin crust pizza â€” my ultimate favourite kind of pizza. It was cooked super fast (assuming because it’s in a 1000 degree oven) and by the time we finished paying (for our drink) it was cooked and plated. My husband really liked it, and I liked it too but I think I added too many toppings and I wish the center of the pizza wasn’t gooey/watery.
Maybe too much sauce? I’m not sure. I did enjoy the rest of the delicious pizza, since we polished off 3 slices each. Hee hee!
I told my husband I wanted to take him to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge and check out the views of the city and the bridge from that side. Precisely what we did â€” and hundreds of other tourists. I guess I forget what it’s like in the city on weekends, especially long weekends! I usually take our visitors (or even myself) up to the city on weekdays. Definitely not as crowded.Alfie’sÂ “I’m ready to go!” excited face.
Here I am snappin’ photos of me turnin’ on the tunes andÂ adjusting the power seats in the Mazda6 before the ‘long trek’. A lot fancier than my own Mazda!
Our first stop was to a vista point along the highway, we rarely do this – so I pulled in and checked out these gorgeous views of the hills.Â
Then we made it across the Golden Gate bridge and down to this spot.Â One view I will never tire of:
Once we hung out at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge for a while, I drove us up to Sausalito, which is a small city in Marin County north of the Golden Gate.
Little history lesson here for ya, but back in World War 2, Sausalito was a shipbuilding center.
It’s a gorgeous little spot with tons of character, tons of rich people (just bein’ honest!) and a lot of beautiful and huge sail boats.
We walked around the main street and had a bit of a snacky-picnic right along the water. It was such a beautiful day!
I was so tired yesterday from our walking around, and me driving all along the coast, but we ended up finishing up our weekend by going for a 6km run with just the two of us. Usually Alfie comes with, butÂ since he was out with us in the sun the entire day and we didn’t want him to get too overheated. I am pooped!
Not only that, this week is going to be a scorcher here in San Jose. On one of the days this week, it’s reading it’s going to get upwards to 39Â°C (which is 102Â°F), I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a pool/beach to swim in on that day. Wowzers!
How was your Memorial Day Weekend?
Thanks to Mazda for loaning me the vehicle for the week, and for allowing these adventures to happen! And thanks to you guys, reading my blog – because this wouldn’t have happened without your help!