I mentioned for like a second earlier, but over labor day weekend, I traveled to California for the first time. Yep, I had never been to Cali before. Neither had my GFF (great friend forever), Hanna. Combine that with the fact that one our college buddies, Ashley, lives in Sacramento with her husband... well we made getting to California a priority.
It must be said that Ashley is a wonderful hostess. I mean, she really knocks hostessing out of the park. She and her husband made us feel so welcome and loved while we were there.
We also ate like
kings queens. Homemade toffee, berry breakfast casserole, enchiladas, and lots of fish (in Oklahoma, fresh fish doesn't really exist... besides, of course, catfish :)).
Our second day there we visited San Francisco (via ferry) and fell in love. I knew I would like San Fran, my only complaint is that we didn't have more time to explore.
I've been stuck on macaroons ever since Paris, so of course we made Hanna try one for the first time from the Ferry Marketplace.
We had a great time riding the trolly around the city, trying to see as much as possible.
We took a little pit stop at Caffe Greco, which felt charmingly European.
We finished the evening with a visit to the pier and a fancy dinner at Alioto's.
The theme of our trip was #girlsgonewild, which we thought was hilarious because well, we're so far from wild it's kind of embarrassing. However, on Saturday, we did get a little crazy... Ash and Hanna got tattoos (I was the supportive photographer/hand-holder).
After everyone recovered, we did a wine tasting at Madrona Vineyards, which was such a fun experience. I can definitely understand why people would take an entire vacation around wine tasting!
Our last day was spent at Lake Tahoe, which is BEAUTIFUL. It is such a perfect combination of water and mountains... it really is one of the prettiest areas I have ever seen. I already want to go back!
I feel like we got to experience a lot of what Cali has to offer in a short amount of time. Thanks to the Fords for so kindly taking in two Okies and showing us your fun state. Cali, I'll be back soon.