Sausalito day trip & Mazda 6 saves the day

Mazda-HeaderWho 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.

Alfie-in-windowAnd 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 — 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.

Mazda6Also, I’ve noticed lately a lot of review cars are red. I wonder if there’s a reason for that? 

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 AdventurerEsther-and-Jacob

BoulderingWe 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, and since it’s a new build that I 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.Palm-tree

Saturday was pretty low-key and we didn’t do too much. Yawn! OH WAIT. CHANGED MY MIND. 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!Mazda6-to-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. Mazda-to-Rescue

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.1000-pizza

The regular cost would’ve been $8.95 which is a decent deal for a nice wood-fired thin crust pizza — 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.pizza-up-close 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.

Eat-the-pizzaMaybe 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 — 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-smilesAlfie’s “I’m ready to go!” excited face.

Mazda-insideHere I am snappin’ photos of me turnin’ on the tunes and 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. views

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Then we made it across the Golden Gate bridge and down to this spot. One view I will never tire of:Golden-Gate

Alfie-Me-Golden-GateOnce 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.

sausalitooLittle history lesson here for ya, but back in World War 2, Sausalito was a shipbuilding center.

Sausalito-maiIt’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.

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SausalitoWe 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, but 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 39°C (which is 102°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?

Mazda-wheelThanks 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!

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Froze me arse off at Middle Cove Beach

hEADERI guess you can call today’s post a little bit of a throwback Thursday, since these photos were from January! Everyone needed a break from the hustle and bustle of the going-on’s and we decided to head out for some lunch, and sight-seeing.

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Middle-Cove-BeachIf there’s one thing I hate, it’s being cold. I look like two-tonne-Annie wrapped up in all my gear here in the photos I’m showing you from back home, and ya’know what? What odds what I looked like. I was toasty warm. But those views! Unbeatable, and Middle Cove is always a place I enjoy visiting when I go back home to Newfoundland.

CheersIn fact, I’m wearing my Dad’s sweater underneath my coat :) I took it back with me, to California too. I wear it when I want to be close with him. It works!

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HugsMom, My husband and I took a trip out to Middle Cove beach after a feed of fish’n’ chips with my husbands parents, shortly after my Father passed away. If you’ve never been to By The Beach restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and Bell Island, with the crashing waves against The Rock (Newfoundland’s nick name, if you’re unfamiliar) you’re missing out. Not one person I spoke to, didn’t like their good ol’ feed. I’m not one to ask which place is best for a fish’n chips spot because I don’t like the stuff (I know, am I really a true Newfoundlander?). I ordered chicken’ n chips … it was equally as tasty!Ice-waterfall

It was a blistering cold day, but we took a detour on our way home with our full bellies, and drove to Middle Cove Beach where we had a time giggling and taking pictures and simply relaxing after a stressful January.

Love seeing Mr. Spiffykerms look and feel so relaxed. Smiling-at-sea

Ice(All photos taken by my Mom…and edits by me. Sorry Mom!)

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Cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge!

Lexus-parkedWhenever I have visitors coming, I try and get a car for review purposes. As I’ve stated many times, my 2007 Mazda constantly needs a lot of work done, and it kinda makes my butt numb after driving it for more than an hour.

Alfie-in-LexusStepping up the luxury, I received the 2016 Lexus IS200t to review for the entire time Zach was here.

LexusZach is my ‘little’ neighbour from Newfoundland, who is now basically a giant at 8 foot 10. K, not really that tall, exaggeration considering I still think of him as little zacckie. He literally grew up next door to me, and I even remember the day his mother brought him home. In fact, his Mom helped me pick out my wedding dress and our wedding rings within that 6 day planned wedding. So, we’re close! And he came to visit us for a couple of days. So hellooooo of course I’m going to tour around. I love playing tour-guide, especially with people who haven’t been in California EVER. So showing people the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time, and seeing their reactions is something I really love watching.

You gotta visit Baker Beach, it’s where Jessica first showed me the Golden Gate Bridge when I first moved here. Except, you have to go in the early morning, since it becomes a nude beach for the elderly men. No joke.

BreakfastThe first day we did a small bit of touring around San Francisco, but saved the majority of it for the second day. But we were pretty hungry by the time we got to the city since we got stuck in commuter traffic for a bit after collecting him from the airport. I scoped out Yelp and found that Dottie’s was a nice spot to eat (looked really rundown and sketchy from the outside). But it ended up being closed on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s. Lame! We ate at a small spot next door, that had freshly squeezed orange juice, and it was absolutely delicious. I don’t remember the name of it. But… it’s next door. hah.

SanPedroSqAfter spending a few hours in San Francisco, we came back to our house and relaxed for a bit before touring around the San Jose area and seeing downtown (and having a bit of coffee at San Pedro Square!)

Second day: We drove up from South Bay, and parked the Lexus IS200t (I had it to review for the week), in Fort Mason (thanks to Lauren for the recommendation — it’s $12/day!). From there, we walked about a kilometre down to the main touristy area, to rent bicycles near Pier 39.

Tip: Book your rented bikes online so you save 20% off the day pass, I mean it adds up! We went with San Francisco Bicycle Rentals, and the guy who ran the bike rental business, surprisingly knew exactly where each province in Canada was. Impressive! By the way, you don’t pay til after you return your bikes.

LatteSidenote: the coffee, and iced lattes are pretty tasty at The Warming Hut.

SeagullI’m so glad Zach came up with the idea to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge! It was so much fun. That entire day was just stellar.

Seagull-stealCycling out and back from Pier 39 to Golden Gate and back took a solid two hours, especially when you want to photograph some places… like this bird stealing a napkin out of my purse when I was trying to take a picture of Zach taking a picture. Buggar!

Favourite photo I’ve taken all this trip: Zach-bike-across

Me-bike-acrossFound the Mrs. Doubtfire house!Mrs-Doubtfire-House

It was a long, fun day in SF on his second day here. In fact, we ended up meeting up with my friend Tanya, from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario and heading to a comedy club! Man, I hadn’t seen her in three years. We went to Punchline (getting there was a little sketch as it was up a few flights of stairs, and you turn a corner and there’s kind of a scary homeless dude without shoes laying right in the middle of the stairs!), and that spot apparently was the place where many famous comedians started out (you can google it lol)!

City-and-beachZach’s second last day and my last day with the Lexus IS200t, we drove to Santa Cruz. A completely different world just two hours south of San Francisco. SF is “the city”, all sorts of vibes there. A huge city, a little hard to navigate. Fun rollercoaster type hills, all sorts of diversity and so much to see/do. Santa Cruz is like the epitome of laidback surfers and bike riders who never seems to work, and everyone seems to be super happy (or maybe high). We didn’t officiate any plans per say, for Santa Cruz — just to check out a new-to-me coffee shop, and walk around and enjoy the day. And that’s exactly what we did.

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Lunch-in-Santa-CruzLunch on the Santa Cruz boardwalk.

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On the final day, we did everything that you just had to do when in the Bay Area, California: see all the tech companies. We swung by Google HQ, Facebook HQ, and Apple HQ, to check them all out. I’m pretty sure I drove us to the incorrect Facebook location, because sweet moses that huge parking garage/structure looked like I was driving into a prison! Needless to say, we didn’t stay too long, nor get out of the car – haha! We also went to Stanford too, which is a gorgeous and absolutely massive University Campus. Stanford

I think he enjoyed himself. Plus, I love having guests! Who’s next? :)

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Lexus-IS200tHuge thanks to lexus for providing us with a vehicle to review for the week.

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