Jul 22, 2014

Blast from the Past: Memorial Day Weekend

Catching up here. The weekend of Memorial Day was a fun one for Cameron and I and was one we were looking forward to for a long time. Since Christmas actually, as that is when Cameron decided to purchase two tickets to a Giants game as a birthday gift to himself. The game was schedule for Saturday, May 24!

We decided to make a weekend of it, as we were in need of a romantic weekend away. And yes, I count a baseball game romantic. It's the tomboy in me. Friday night we dropped the girls off with their Grammi. Then we headed to bed early, in our own bed and had a blissful, uninterrupted, full night of sleep. 

Saturday morning we packed the car up with our luggage and the dogs, heading the opposite direction of San Francisco, so we could drop the dogs off at the Petsmart Hotel in Folsom. Then we were off. Cameron had scored us a good price on our hotel room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel - quite luxurious. The rooms are small but the hotel is gorgeous and right in the heart of Union Square, which then put us about 1 1/2 miles from AT&T Park. As soon as we finished checking in we headed out to find lunch. 

A day or two prior to the trip I declared that I wanted Fish & Chips while on vacation. Where better to get Fish & Chips than a pub. Cameron knew of one just a few blocks from the hotel, Johnny Foley's Irish Pub & Restaurant. It did not disappoint. My Fish & Chips hit the spot, as did Cameron's Cottage Pie. 

We went back and relaxed in our hotel room until it was time to head over to the park for the game. We went early as we wanted to stop into The Dugout store at the stadium. Cameron had promised me a new Giants shirt as my birthday present since the one he had originally ordered was tagged for copyright infringement before he could get it. At least he got a refund. We made a few other purchases while we were there too. Cameron got a new sweatshirt and we got Gibson his own collar, finally. It is reflective, so it really shows up against is black fur, especially at night when he & Tulley are in the backyard, it's dark and all you see if the collar on him. 

It was Dignity Health night at the stadium and the first 20,000 fans got Giants hats. I think because we went in the back gate, we were lucky and we got to be 2 of those fans. 

View from our seats
The Giants were playing game 2 of a 3 game series against the Minnesota Twins. The Giants had won the night before and would go on to win this game as well. During the course of the game, we splurged on hot dogs and nachos. After the game, instead of joining the crowds during the mass exodus, we instead went and checked out the game-played memorabilia store behind home plate. That's where Cameron spied a signed Will Clark bat. While it wasn't a game-played piece like most of the items in  the shop, it caught Cameron's eye. 
Yum! We're suckers for Nachos.
We capped off our night with a little wine from a bottle we had brought from home as well as some slices of cheesecake we picked up from the Cheesecake Factory in Macy's on Union Square. And again, enjoyed a blissful night of sleep (although we weren't too crazy about the pillows. We should have brought our pillows from home. We're not down-pillow fans). 

Sunday we headed out for breakfast on our way back to AT&T park. Between Christmas and Memorial Day, Cameron had bought some season tickets off some friends for Sunday's day game so that we could make it a game-filled weekend. Mind you, we hadn't been to a Giants game since I was 8 months pregnant with London. We were a bit overdue. 

And these seats could not be beat. Row 28 behind home plate. We had a fantastic time watching the Giants win another game, and Cameron went back to the memoribilia store and purchased the Will Clark bat. He was like a little kid on Christmas morning. 

We ended our weekend in the city with dinner down at the wharf, munching on crab legs and taking in a beautiful sunset. 

View of Coit Tower on our walk to the Wharf

View of the Bay Bridge all lit up from the top of Lombard Street

We need more weekends like this.

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