California Day 8: A Rainy Day in San Francisco


Our last full day in California was filled with rain, but we didn’t let that stop us. In a way, it ended up being a good thing. We discovered things we never would have if it hadn’t rained. Silver linings in rainy clouds…

We started the day with a trip to Baker Beach where views of the Golden Gate Bridge and stormy skies greeted us. Although not the warm sunshine that we had hoped for, there was something quite beautiful about the dark skies and water. After a walk on the beach, we decided to get out of the now pouring rain and grab some lunch.


We found the absolute most amazing hole in the wall pizza place called Pizzetta 211. There are literally only 4 tables inside, with an open kitchen. It is tiny, cozy, welcoming, and delicious. Their website says worth the wait, and I fully agree. We ordered a spring salad, two pizzas, and a lemon cream tart. It was all divine. Who would think egg on a pizza would be so good? Their fresh ingredients was obvious. To think, if it hadn’t rained, we probably wouldn’t have gone.


After lunch, we drove around for a bit to explore. We went down the curviest road—Lombard Street and the Golden Gate Visitor Center. That was fun!


We also discovered a Japanese Tea Garden. While still a bit drizzly, we donned our raincoats to walk the gorgeous gardens. There was also a shop where Garrett bought a tea pot and two cups. We made the stop complete with an order of Japanese tea to drink under a shelter overlooking the gardens. We probably wouldn’t have stopped if it hadn’t rained, but it was so worth it!


We finished our last night in California with dinner close to our hotel. The next morning before catching our flight back to Nebraska, we slept in and grabbed brunch at the Apple Fritter. Do yourself a favor, and just take a glance at their menu. It was the coolest place, with some great unique food (Nutella Stuffed French Toast for example). The line was out the door and parking was down the road, but again, worth it. What a perfect end to our Spring Break trip!

California was an amazing adventure. There were beautiful sights and incredible places. The food was great, and the sun shined (almost) every day. On to our next adventure. I wonder where it will be?