Flying by myself with Owen is actually an easy experience. He is quite good on the plane and with his iPad in hand, he watches his favorite shows and plays all of his games. I read a book and magazine on the 4 hour direct flight as well. We caught up with Solito outside of the terminal and it was so funny to see Owen's face light up when he saw Dad waiting for us.
Since Solito and I have been to San Francisco at least 3 times (more like 5 for him!), we decided to just spend a day in the city with Owen. This was really O's first big city experience. Most of our trips with him have been to family/friends' homes or more remote/National Park type areas. We knew it would be a lot of walking for him and that would be tiring, so we didn't want him to spend the whole vacation completely exhausted.
In the city, we were able to take in Fisherman's Wharf and see the sea lions on the pier. We took the trolley and Owen absolutely loved that. We checked out the cable cars but didn't ride them because the lines were ridiculously long. We hit Baker Beach at the Presidio and had a walk around the Japanese Tea Gardens. I wanted to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge but we just ran out of time.......next visit!
|Cable car ready to go|
|On the trolley!|
|Baker Beach at the Presidio|
|Yay for fountains at the Japanese tea gardens|
|O found the koi fish|
|Japanese Tea Gardens|
Tahoe is a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches and lots of breath-taking views. We stayed in South Lake Tahoe, but also took one morning to just drive around the lake, which is about 2 hours to complete. We were even able to check out Squaw Valley which was the site of the Winter Olympics in 1960. It's much more of a ski village now, but it's a fun place to walk around and enjoy a quick lunch.
|Inspiration Point--Emerald Bay|
|Entrance to Squaw Valley|
|He loved the gondola ride so much|
|Checking out the gondolas headed back down|
And of course at every beach, we needed to find rocks and toss them into the lake!
|El Dorado Beach--no rock is too big for Owen!|
|The Sumulong 3 + Michelle and Cody|
|Owen with Tito George and Tita Baby|
|3 handsome guys--Solito, Owen, and J.R. (Noel)|