Extended weekend. Treasured time with family.

Day trip into San Francisco. Lunch at Yumma’s on Irving for outstanding shwarma.

A visit to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Rainforest, butterflies on our shoulders, dancing fountains, fish swimming overhead. Our children more interested in the mechanics of the elevator, than the wildlife surrounding them.

A stroll over to the Japanese Tea Garden. Cherry blossoms, evidence of spring, tea and treats, hopscotch over rushing streams, bridges, ponds, and koi fish.

Mateo and I shoot each other a knowing glance…It couldn’t get any better than this!

A meltdown or two. A visit to the playground, then off to the Pacific Café for dinner. Free wine in line. Sidewalk friendships made. Sourdough bread, clam chowder, and the best damn grilled salmon.

Another meltdown. This one, catastrophic. Time to head back to the East Bay.

I was so over winter. Grateful for the arrival of spring. Welcomed in just the right way.