Hyde Street Pier

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Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierIt's not too often when an entire weekend approaches and we have zip in the calendar. So, when such a non-event happens, we like to celebrate it by committing to the non-planned weekend. We let the breeze blow us where it pleases and if that just so happens to be laying on the beach listening to the bongo reunion orchestra rock out, so be it. The sun was out in full force and so were the tourists. They're swarming these days. We have to get creative with local secrets, like the Hyde Street Pier.In retrospect, we're not sure why it took us so long to get down here. The pier is steps from our doorstep and it's an explosion of floating colors once you get down there. Plus, how could you live next to a National Park and never visit it? We're sure the ships are nice to explore but just wandering the pier and gazing at the outsides was a good afternoon for us. The end of the pier makes a perfect perch to sit and watch the activity out on the Bay, too. Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street Pier Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street Pier Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierLike I said, the sun wasn't playing around. We took to the day and fashioned our peeps with our new sunnies from Francis Drake Eyewear. I love how unique the Champagne Montclairs are. Justin opted for the Haight in Tortoise, but not after we tested out a few others. We used their try on at home option, so that we could pick our faves. They also have this really fun virtual try-on feature that allows you to try-on any frame from their collection. We did both.Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierThe Eureka ferry used to make runs up to Sausalito, back in the days before the Golden Gate Bridge. The US 101 sign (in the bottom right up there^) isn't just a novelty. Before the Bridge was built, the 101 ran right up to the Hyde Street Pier for cars to take the boat up north. Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierPro tip: There's a small hidden beach to the side of the pier on days that the main Aquatic Park beach gets a little too rowdy. Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street Pier Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierWhen I first learned about Francis Drake, I was so impressed that a company had combined two of my very favorites - Italy and San Francisco. Frames imported directly from a family-owned Italian factory and lens fabricated in-house give them an edge on healthy and affordable eyewear. I also had no idea of the poor quality the majority of frames hold. Such a peace of mind knowing we're sporting high-quality frames that are non-toxic to our skin....besides how ridiculously good looking they are. (Zoolander zing)Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierJustin found some pulleys to play with, and I'm still a little amazed by how long they kept him occupied. Only the working restoration shop kept his attention longer. Then he found the information placards with a phone number to call from your cell phone to get a 1-2 minute talk about what it is you're looking at. All I heard was boats.Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street Pier Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierAs long as I've known Justin, he's had the same pair of eyeglasses regardless of how many I've seen him try on for size. Quite particular, that one. Actually, I'm not even sure there's documentation of him wearing his glasses anywhere. Must mean these new ones are pretty special! For the record, they're Kent in Tortoise. That trendsetter.Exploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street PierExploring San Francisco's colorful Hyde Street Pier

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