Today we all woke up early since we were to have breakfast at my Aunt’s place in Sunnyvale. We arrived at my Aunt’s apartment around 6:45 – 7:00 A.M. It was weird being back here after such a short time. For breakfast my Aunt and Grandmother made pancakes, sausage, eggs, rice, and coffee. It was very good and filling, I ate a lot. We socialized a bit before we had to go on our separate ways. Our first stop after eating at our Aunt’s place was in Daly City. When we got there we first had to get gas. The gas station looked oddly familiar, especially, with it being overcast at the time. According to my parents this was the gas station we would always go to back in the day. I remember we had to use the bathroom here too. The bathroom was kind of sucky because it was a single bathroom that catered to both genders and it was also on the side of the car wash. This meant that the wait time to use the bathroom could be either short or very long depending if a single person is in there or a whole family goes inside. Luckily for us we only needed to wait for one person. When I was done a whole family went inside and I felt sorry for the people who were also waiting in line. Afterwards we then went to the Serramonte Center, which was the mall we would frequent when I was a teenager. Actually it looked exactly the same and much of the stores were at the same place, specifically Hot Topic, Game Stop, Target, Surf City lol, etc. The only difference was that there was a UNIQLO in the mall this time and EB Games is gone. We actually went to this mall just to look for a sweater so we didn’t get to spend too much time here going through memory lane. My little sister and I went around looking for a good sweater and I remember checking out UNIQLO first and found a few good ones but none in my size except for a few. We then looked around at the other stores. At Hollister I remember this cute Asian girl helping us out. I remember when I asked her for her name I thought she said her name was Shaggy but I misheard it because her name was actually Jackie. We both laughed about it before we had to go. My little sister and I then went back to UNIQLO and got a grey sweater that looked pretty decent and was at a decent price as well. Afterwards we had to leave the mall for the next stop.
Our next stop was actually San Francisco. Its always nice to be here in SF. It’s such a nice metropolitan city with so much to see. Just driving around SF is an event. We had to go here specifically because I had to turn in an application form to the main city library. The way to this library was a different way then we would usually take. Its much more inside the central business district and right across from what looked like to be the city hall. When I went inside the library it amazed me on how huge it was. When you go inside you had to go downstairs to get to the rest of the library. Basically the librarians who check your books out are at the bottom of the library, while the books and offices are on the other floors. It was interesting and very cool too. When I got down to the main area I had to take the elevator up to human resources. When I got up there it was still pretty cool. Even though its mainly an office floor area there were different exhibits as if I was in a museum. I kind of wish I got more pictures of the exhibits but oh well. I found the human resource office after circling the floor a bit. The ladies working the HR office were real nice and helped process my forms quickly. Afterwards, I then headed out the building to find were my family parked. They parked just around the corner and believe me just walking to the car felt like an adventure in of itself with all the different characters of SF surrounding me. There were construction workers, hurried business people, skateboarding kids, etc. all in a few minutes of walking. Afterwards, we then headed to the Fisherman’s Wharf area. We parked near the pier but a bit far from the Musee Mecanique. When we parked my parents were already taking some pictures lol They especially took a lot when we got to the pier area. I told them that I would get some fried calamari from this place I went last time with my brother a few months back. It was a bit of a walk and it was super sunny with no clouds. I probably had to walk about ½ – ¾ a mile to get to the calamari/clam chowder place. On the way there I saw a lot of street performers. Two came in mind. One was this old Chinese man playing this make shift cello thing that looked like it was made with a broom, an old can of beans, and a single cello string. It sounded incredibly oriental and pretty good although it looked very homemade guerilla style. The other performer was a one man band guy but at this time he was still setting up his equipment. Afterwards, I visited a small tourist trap to look for a hat and postcards. Luckily I found a real nice US 101 hat that I still wear quite frequently. I think it was like $8.00 too! I also got a few postcards before I headed out. I then got to the clam chowder/calamari place. It was interesting because it was the same guy who was working last time who was also working today. I got the calamari and headed back to my parents. On the way back the one man band guy was finally playing at volume 11 right next to the old Chinese guy with the homemade cello. The one man band guy had this big crowd, while the Chinese guy was by himself with his bucket. I then met up with my parents in the pier area were the carousel was. In this area there was a bunch of different stores. I specifically remember seeing two biscoff coffee places. I met up with the rest of my family and we ate before we had to head out.
When we left the pier area we then had to make our way towards Lake Tahoe. On our way to Lake Tahoe we made a stop in Fairfield because my dad wanted some coffee at Starbucks near a Raley’s. We parked at the Raley’s, while my dad went to get the coffee at Starbuck’s. In the mean time I went inside Raley’s to check it out. For the most part it looked like a Safeway but not as modern in a way. When I went inside I asked the worker guy where the bathroom was and he gave very specific directions on where it was. For some reason I didn’t like his attitude, something was off about it like he was patronizing me or something. Oh well, I then went to the bathroom and then checked out the sodas. I was like cool, I’ve never heard of these sodas before so I get a few and when I went to the self check out the thing was charging me full packs for single sodas. The patronizing worker came by and said something like “You don’t want to pay a six pack for a single soda, do you?” It was real weird. I’m sure he meant well but he could have just said “let me help you out with that”. I then put the sodas away and settled for two bottles of sparkling water went on my way. Afterwards, we then were on our way back to Lake Tahoe. We didn’t make much stops in between but we did pass by Sacramento and Roseville, which brought back a lot of memories. You could read more on that in my past travel logs. When we got near the Lake Tahoe area it felt like we were back in Colorado. It was a mountainous region with much forestry everywhere. It felt as if we were driving to Grand Junction, CO or something when we got to the Lake Tahoe area. When we got to Lake Tahoe we got some gas at a gas station that also looked like a log cabin. All the locales there looked like the locales of Colorado lol You know, flannel shirts, trucker hats, blue jeans, boots, etc. After we got gas we then got to our hotel. When we got to our hotel, to my surprise our Aunt, Grandmother, and Grandfather was there also. They were going to spend the night at the same hotel as us but different rooms of course. When we got to our room I rested for a bit before heading out to the actual Lake Tahoe. Surprisingly, I had an old postcard of Lake Tahoe I got from an antique store back in Colorado. I wanted to see if I could happen upon the same spot where the postcard was taken as well. On my way to the Lake I asked the Concierge for some directions. I remembered only the first part, which led me down the right path. While I was walking to the Lake I then had to ask a tourist guide for more direction. I went on my way again before making a stop at an old school looking motel. I went to the small front desk area and rang the desktop bell. I hear a voice from the other side of the door saying “Who’s there?” And I sort of shout “Hi, I’m looking for directions?” And the guy came out the door and he gave me directions to the lake. This were the last set of direction I would need. I then headed out to the lake and thankfully at this time around 6:20 P.M there was no entrance fee to the lake. I then looked for the spot and almost right away I found the exact spot where the postcard photo was taken. I then lined up a shot of the postcard with the actual background and its surprising on how much it still looks the same after all these years. After getting some shots I headed back to where my parents were. They were across the street at the shopping plaza. We walked around the plaza and it looked almost exactly how it did when I was back in high school. I was actually looking out for this specific milkshake place that I went to a long time ago. To my chagrin it was not there anymore, I believe the Cold Stone replaced it any time ago. Me and my family looked around a bit and we noticed a singer-songwriter performing near the pizza place. We then met up with our relatives to look for a place to eat. We checked on a few of the hotels and all the buffet places were closed, surprisingly. We then headed back to the shopping plaza and I recommended the pizza place. It looked pretty full and they said the wait would be long. Thankfully, another party cancelled so we got seating fairly quickly. We got some buffalo wings, salad, and three pizzas. They were all very good. After we were done eating we then went on our separate ways. Back in the room I got some well needed rest.