When Jordan and I stay in San Francisco again, I want to spend more time in the Mission district. After our brunch date with Kelly at Plow, Jordan and I made an ill-advised decision to walk to the Mission. You might think a two-mile walk wouldn't be a problem. You would be correct. Except walking two-miles up San Francisco's hills when you are also 30 weeks pregnant is another thing!
Suffice it to say, we walked very slow.
One interesting fact about San Francisco we heard while on our bus tour is there are more dogs than children in the city. This is a direct result of the rising cost of living. BUT, if you happen to visit with kids or simply want to enjoy a park picnic, you must visit Mission Playground. It's a beautifully constructed park nestled in a large grassy lawn. There is plenty of space to spread out. After you are done, walk over and enjoy an ice cream cone at Bi-Rite Creamery.
The Mission is home to many awesome boutiques, but we spent most of our time browsing Gravel & Gold. They are most known for selling several items with the infamous boob print. I didn't purchase a boob pillow (though I wanted one), but I did buy an OLO fragrance. OLO is a favorite brand of ours. I wear blank and Jordan wears blank.
"OLO Fragrance oils are made of coconut oil, essential oils, key accords and absolutes. Synthetics are used sparingly. No aldehydes, alcohol or animal testing."
Now, I will share a story that highlights the power of a pregnant woman.
On our walk from the park to Gravel & Gold, I desperately needed (for the 30th time of the day) to use the bathroom. Except we couldn't find a coffee shop with a public restroom (the con of independent shops). We popped into a bookstore and I timidly asked the owner if I could use their non-public restroom. He initially said no, which I totally understood, but then he saw how v e r y pregnant I was and immediately apologized for not noticing and let me use it anyway. Pregnancy perks!
The Mission is known for their Mexican food, but we mostly shopped. Jordan and I were so full from our huge brunch and ice cream cones!
Reflecting and writing upon our California trip from last year makes me excited for our next adventure. We haven't been able to prioritize traveling since Phoenix was born, but I feel a shift. Did you travel a lot when your kid(s) were small? My mom jokes that I was the reason they stopped traveling unless absolutely necessary. I hated the car. HAHA. Phoenix takes after his mama. ;-)