San Francisco: Day Six

This post was written about May 28th, 2017.

Locations: San Francisco, CA.

Today was our second to last day in San Francisco *insert sad face here* While I’m ready to go home and sleep in my bed and see my boyfriend I’m not ready to leave this amazing weather here behind! I could put up with 60’s all summer compared to Oklahoma’s blazing hot 90-100 degrees.

We’ve been staying in the Mission District this past week and this weekend was Carnaval. Today they had a parade from 9-1:30! That’s 4 1/2 hours people! We only stayed for 30 minutes because honestly, a parade is a parade. But it was neat to see the different types of dress and dancing!

From there we had a Lyft pick us up and take us to a coffee place called Rise & Grind. I found out about Rise & Grind through a San Francisco bucket list account on Instagram when I saw a video of them torching the top of coffee to make a creme brulee coffee! I, of course, got that and subbed for soy milk and it was AMAZING. If I were ever to go back I would try their cookie butter latte because cookie butter is life, literally.

Golden Gate Park was just a short walk away and we went into their Botanical Garden. There were SO many plants and the weather was a bit cloudy and cool but it was fun to see plants from New Zealand, Africa, California, and more!

Lunch was next: we ate at Marnee Thai where we had corn cakes and some really good Thai Soup!! I love me some good Thai food! Since we had light lunch we went to get some really, really good ice cream after. I found this ice cream through the same account where I found about the coffee. It was called Let’s Roll Ice Cream and I got the Smore’s ice cream. They basically have their base ice cream and they cut in the toppings on a really cold surface and they spread it thin so they can roll it into small rolls. After that, they ask what topping you want and you eat it obviously! The texture of the ice cream is different but really good. A must try place in my opinion.

On the way to our next stop, we come upon a guy carrying a large bookshelf. It looked like he was struggling just a bit so my dad offered to help. He had picked up the bookshelf at 2nd street and had made it to 9th street. We helped him carry to 12th street and I couldn’t believe he had carried it that far!

A hidden gem in San Francisco would be the Hidden Garden Mosaic Steps. They go up pretty far and have some pretty cool designs on them! I discovered these yet again through the bucket list account! Social media is pretty cool folks.

A rainbow crosswalk and sliding down the Seward Street Slides were the last stops of the day. The Seward Street Slides were so fun! You grabbed a piece of cardboard and slid down! I was nervous at first but it was SO fun.

We came home pretty early and ordered in some pizza from Patxi’s Pizza. Super good and was perfect since we didn’t have to deal with any more crowds and such.

I’ll see you here for the last day tomorrow! Much love, Brianna.


Smoky Mountains: Day Eight

This post was written about July 5th, 2016. To see the rest of my series check out below (as this is the last one!)

Locations: Bryson City, NC

More Blueberry Ego Waffles were apart of today’s breakfast. To fancy it up I put Strawberry Cream Cheese, Strawberries, Bananas, and Blueberries on top. We hung around the house for about 2 hours until it was time to go…..Zip-lining! When we ate breakfast outside the mountains were showing with just a bit of clouds. About an hour later it started to rain and you couldn’t anything but the mountain close to us! It was crazy how it could change so fast!

Off to Zip-lining we went around 11:30. We were supposed to start at 12:30 but since of the rain and lightning  we waited about an extra hour (so worth it though!) Once the lightning  and rain cleared we suited up or geared up (you choose) to head out! I got a helmet with a GoPro mount so I could capture all the action and I am so glad I did! I was hesitant at first, not wanting to lose my expensive camera but all was well. We chose Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours to do our zip-lining at and they did a great job! They explained what you needed to do and let you practice, kept it fun on the course, and most of all kept everyone safe. Shout out to our 3 leaders: Barrett, Trae, and Kenneth!

When we first started on the course I was pretty nervous. When zip-lining you have the brake when you get about 3/4 of the way through. Getting the hang of it was not too bad though I did hit my legs on a platform my first time…(I have a bruise now). It was fun being high up and going fast down the lines. There were 13 lines and it took about 3 hours to complete. Also you MUST watch the video below because “GoPro is insane!!”

After zip-lining we came back into Bryson City for a sweet treat. Not having lunch I treated myself to a White Chocolate Caramel Apple (best ever!) at The Chocolate Shoppe and Ice Creamery. Before heading back to clean up we made reservation at The Cork & Bean in town for 6 so we would ensure ourselves a table.

The Cork & Bean for dinner was the best food EVER! The Cork & Bean is inside of an old hotel and the atmosphere is very inviting. To start our dinner off we ordered the Roasted Brussel Sprouts with bacon, sweet onions, shaved parmesan, and garlic aoili. The garlic aoili made the dish well-rounded with the right about of roasted with non-roasted ingredients. I got the Southwest Turkey Crepe which had Smoked Gouda, Avocado, Turkey, and Salsa. (have to try to remake it at home!). Both of my parents got The Duck & Andouille Etouffee which was something like a Cajun dish. For dessert my parents ordered the Lavender Crème Brûlée. For the longest time I’ve being seeing a coffee drink called a ‘Flat White’ around Instagram and Snapchat. I tried a Hazelnut Flat White out and it was so good! The only difference I can tell between that and a regular latte is that it’s not as strong. My brother got a Mocha Frappchunio (I think he swears by getting one of these any coffee place he goes).

Our last night at the house we watched the sunset and played some more cards.

This trip has let me experience lots of amazing views, try new things, eat lots of good food, and enjoy time with my family. Thank you to everyone who read my series Smoky Mountains! Stay tuned for more blog posts soon. Much love, Brianna.

Smoky Mountains: Day Four

This post was written about July 1st, 2016. For those who are just now reading this series check out Smoky Mountains: Day One, Smoky Mountains: Day Two, and Smoky Mountains: Day Three.

Locations: Bryson City, NC

This post is brought to you by low wi-fi struggles, too much fried food, and lots of sweat.

I definitely did not want to get out of bed this morning. After staying up a bit too late my eyes and body said “No thanks!” I did however get out of bed or this post wouldn’t be happening. I brewed some coffee and stuck a cinnamon raisin bagel in the toaster. I topped it off with strawberry cream cheese and strawberries and bananas.

Entering into Bryson City we took the road to nowhere. Yes, you read that right…a road to nowhere. Before you get to the end of the road you come upon a long, dark, and graffiti tunnel. Upon entering I felt like we were in a scene of the Walking Dead. The one where there are zombies just looming in the dark waiting to snatch you up. I clung to my brother’s arm and took big breaths to make it through. I’m definitely not a person who likes the dark and what could be cloaked beneath it.

Walking uphill is not fun. Guess what I did today? Walked uphill then downhill then up some more than back down. Why in the world would I do that? It’s called hiking and you get to see some pretty cool stuff while hiking too. We went to Deep Creek Campgrounds where we hiked the Deep Creek trail. We saw three different waterfalls, a creek full with lots of people with tubes, and lots of horse poop. To get to the third waterfall we had to hike on the horse trail so that explains to poop.

Back into town we went drenched in sweat (at least I was). We ate at The Filling Station Deli where they are most known for their Cuban sandwich. My Mom and Dad got the Cuban and I got the special of the day: Hushpuppy Battered Fried Po-Boy. A heaping portion of fried shrimp served in a toasted hoagie with provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and coleslaw. It was pretty good but I definitely did not eat all of it.

Walking some more (because it’s just so fun!) we explored downtown. We went in a couple of shops and saw some of the restaurants but mainly we spent our time at the Visitor’s center. Browsing for some souvenir’s I found a Smoky Mountain t-shirt, and pretty cool looking mug. I used to have a tradition where I would get a snow globe when we visited somewhere. Now it’s mugs and t-shirts. This has helped make a huge t-shirt quilt and contributed to my at least 15 mugs collection. Up side: I won’t have to buy mugs when I move out of the house.

Ice Cream was next at Soda Pops Ice Cream Parlor. Their interior was everything Coco-Cola and made me want to jump in a time machine and go back to went Coke was just 10 cents a bottle. Peach Ice Cream in a waffle cone was for me (very refreshing!), chocolate for my brother, moose tracks with hot fudge for Dad, and toffee crunch for Mom. Not a complaint from anyone.

When driving to go hiking we saw many tube places nearby. With that in mind, we changed into our swimsuits and rented 4 tubes to tube down the creek. At first, I was ready to be done. Starting at the top of the creek where the water was more swift was not a good choice. Avoiding a big drop off we saw that someone was in a lot of pain sitting on a rock. They had either dislocated their shoulder or broken it when going down. Definitely did not feel very good after seeing that.

As we ventured on it turned out to be fun minus how cold the water was. They say it’s about 59 degrees and I agree (don’t ask me who they is). Tubing down the creek for me was like a very adventurous person white water rafting. So to make my point, I will never go white water rafting. I did enjoy it but swift water is not my thing (I wouldn’t think it’d be anyones thing).

Being wet and not looking presentable we drove to the far outside of Bryson City and ate at an Old Fashioned Drive-In called Na-Bers. I got fried chicken and a root beer float. Not a good combined choice but very good separately. I will be very surprised if I don’t gain 500 pounds on this trip.

Homeward  bound! I proceeded to read my daily devotional since my body wasn’t ready this morning. Another sunset was in store. 

Great day of adventuring and food.
Stay tuned for tomorrows Smoky Mountain post! Much love, Brianna.