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Alcatraz Island: An Inescapable Experience

Unfortunately, we could not stay in to sleep because I had The Alcatraz Tour booked for 11 in the morning. I gave both children a break from homework today. Yeah me!!!! I have to tell you, they were very grateful for that small favor. So we headed out of the hotel room by 9 am.  We quickly figured out where we had to go. We were staying two minutes from Fisherman’s Wharf. We were withing walking distance. We then went to breakfast. From that point on, the day was a breeze. It turned out to be a wonderful day after we got over being tired. We didn’t have to rush anywhere. Jordan and Alex loved the ferry shuttle to Alcatraz Island. It was a bit cool for me , but I was okay.

 

IMG_4977 IMG_4971 IMG_4972 Jordan said that he could swim from Alcatraz Island back to Pier 31 in about 5 hours. He would have no problems. I think he could PROBABLY do it…….in a little more than 5 hours……if he doesn’t get eaten by a big shark.

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Flight Disaster……

This vacation would not be a Chapman Adventure without some glitches along the way. Remember last year, I forgot my license at home. Jeanine had to drive me back home and we almost missed the flight. Well, this year, a little different, but same drama.

You would not believe our start to San Francisco! We were all ready to walk out of the house by 4:45 pm for a 7:26 flight. 3 pm, Christopher received the text that flight was delayed until 9:26. 10 minutes later, another text stating that delayed was ’til 10 pm. 6 pm, (while I’m cleaning kitchen again), text that the flight was delayed until 10:59 pm. No, I’m not joking or happy about the delays. You see, I was done with cleaning, laundry, packing, feeding little people, the fish etc….. The more delays, the more work I still had to do at home. I couldn’t honestly ask my two little angels to sit still until we walked out of the house. Well,….I could have, but they weren’t going to listen. Flight was delayed three times! By 6:30 pm, children were bouncing off of the walls. They wanted to get their vacations started. It seemed, every two minutes they were asking, “Can we go now?” “Is it time yet?” “When are we leaving?” “I’m hungry!”

No more text came, so finally we left the house by 8:45 pm. I’m hoping that I did not forget anything important. Flight did not take off until 11:35 pm. Don’t ask me why! One highlight, the crew on the flight was great throughout the night. They were very attentive to all of the passengers. The children were invited into the cockpit to talk to the pilots and take pictures. IMG_4964 IMG_4963 IMG_4961 IMG_4960 IMG_4959 IMG_4958No complaints about the flight itself. Looking forward to a smooth ride to hotel…….not so fast. We landed in SF around 2:44. The shuttle we reserved said they had no one available to pick us up this late. Baggage claim: 30 minutes later, we were still missing our bags. I wish I was making this up.

United left two pieces of our luggage in Newark. I’m not kidding! I packed extra clothing in the carry on for everyone else except me. Guess which bag was missing? You guessed it. Yours truly! Jordan’s luggage was also missing, but I had clothes for him. Now we’re talking 3:30 SF time ( but really 6:30 am). They all slept on the plane. I did not. Why? I’m too nosy. And because Alex was using me as her pillow. I was afraid if I closed my eyes she’d fall. So how did it all turned out?

United provided transport to the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel. The room we reserved was no longer available because of our late arrival. I saw Christopher almost lost it. That was the last straw for him.  The front desk heard Christopher ‘s frustration and they quickly handled the situation. We would keep the small room just until 3 pm.  Needless to say the flight delays had serious impact. It made our first impression of SF not so exciting. OHHHH, did I forget to mention how cold it was. Now who in their right mind felt the need to leave Jersey with 87-90 degrees to come to SF only 47-50 Definitely not me!.IMG_8416 IMG_8412 IMG_8406 IMG_4966 IMG_4968 IMG_8419 IMG_8420 IMG_8421 IMG_8422 IMG_8423

San Francisco: The Golden Gate City

San Franscisco, here we come!!!!

  1. We are heading on the road once again, ready for a new and exciting adventure. Jordan and Alexandra have been counting down days since July 2nd. They are so WIRED about this upcoming trip. I honestly did not think that they were going to sleep the last night. I finally was able to make them relax long enough to go to sleep by 10pm. The work then continued for me. Vacations are wonderful, but so much work goes into every little detail. And if I could learn just one thing……LEARN TO PACK LIGHT….. Of course that’s never going to happen! I’ve tried. Granted, my two babies look absolutely adorable. No matter, I have to do better. Needless to say, I barely slept because I was still packing. Vacation didn’t even start yet, and I’m exhausted.