Saturday, September 19, 2009

Guy Time

What to do on a Friday afternoon?
Well, my hubby and youngest son decided to leave work early
and head over for lunch at a favorite San Francisco eatery.
A total guy time kind of a day - and that was fine - they need the time together to be ...well, you know....just guys.
So these photos are from the behind the lens of my husband - with his new zippy-d0-wow Canon camera. So come along for a little of what they took in for the day. Above is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
Some boats on the water.....
...and my sweet son just taking it all in.


Of course, if you have been to San Francisco, this Ghiradelli landmark will be quite familiar to you. Oh, and the chocolate shop - a must go to!!! But I don't think the boys did that today...only with mom.
They did take some time to visit the graveyard at the Presidio. It is breathtaking....
a quiet memorial to those who have served our country.
Makes me stop and think about each special person who was layed to rest here. Who were they and what stories do they have to tell to all of us?
.....sigh.....

As they leave San Francisco, they take a pause to look over the skyline....
.....and to take a photo of the Golden Gate bridge.
This side of the bridge is on the Marin Headlands, which had a fire going on on this particular day...hence the haze.
Further up Highway 1 leads to Point Reyes and the famous Point Reyes lighthouse.
The drive there is breathtaking with the old and gnarly cypress trees that create a canopy over sections of the road.
Ahhhh...the beauty of nature. God was sneaking in rays of light through the trees just to marvel at. Funny how He gives us moments like this that just simply take our breath away. Makes me think of Heaven shining down on earth.....just to give us hope and joy.
....yes.....a little Heaven on earth going on here. Spencer wanted my husband to take a photo of this because he thought it was pure magical how the sun's rays peaked throught the mossy limbs of the trees.
This is the Point Reyes lighthouse. See all of those stairs?
I remember one time carrying Jordan down these stairs when he was about 2 years old. Dad carried him back up....
A closer view of what lies below....
....and what lies above.






....A penny for your thoughts....
.......as you take in the beauty of the day.






A little visitor to bid you adieu.....

....and happy trails to you......

....until we meet again.

46 comments:

http://joymariesboutique.blogspot.com/ said...

Thank you for taking us along on the trip. May God bless your family.

Jessica

The Tattered Cottage said...

Hi Becky :)
Such a wonderful post. I MISS California (sigh). I loved going to San Fran for the day, especially the shops!! I must admit though, I have never been to the Point Reyes lighthouse. After looking at all those stairs, I think it's probably a good idea that I have never been, I might not have survived those stairs! LOL
Have a great weekend,
Toni

becky up the hill said...

Maybe a little trip up the hill is due..or a trip down the hill ;o)..blessings my friend.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

It looks like the guys had a great time, and what wonderful photographs he took. I enjoyed my little cyber trip. laurie

from our front porch... said...

Such beautiful pictures. I have not been to Ca. since I was little. Think it sounds like a great future trip.
I always look forward to your posts :)
Blessings, Misha

val the crafty gal said...

Those pic's were excellent! I felt like I was there! What an excellent way to spend a day with his/your son!!

Pat said...

VERY nice set of photos...thanks for taking the time to post them for us...especially someone like me who has never been to that area of the country.

Kathleen Grace said...

It looks like they had a beautiful day, The cyprus trees and sunlight look like something in a fairy tale. Only guys would not visit a chocolate factory when it is within eyesight! lol:>)

Amy said...

It's 6:30 in the morning here and I Just took the dogs out. It's the first time this season I can see my breath outside. It's concerning to me because I know what's ahead for the months to come. The pictures your husband took are lovely and makes me wish our days here could stay warmer much longer. Your post also encourages me to take a much needed trip just with my daughters. I know they would love it and bonding is a good thing!

vintage girl at heart said...

What a wonderful day and the photos are breathtaking!!
I always keep you in my prayers, you.. your Family and those sweet puppies of yours!!!
Love the post below.. ohh the ironstone....I just love it all!!!
Have a Blessed Sunday!

Claudia said...

Lovely photos of what looks like a wonderful day with Dad and Son together. I always marvel when the sun's rays peek through, too. It is very beautiful and spiritual to me.
I'm glad your guys had a great time together.

xo
Claudia

Mickie said...

This is good. I am glad the guys got some time together. I know from our own family how much that men sometimes need to share time together--especially in grief. They seem to be able to express things to each other with and without words. I love the photograph of your son with the words, penny for your thoughts under it. Hugs and my prayers to you all,

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Such beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

Julie said...

Oh yes we have been there and its so beautiful. The last time we went wasn't quiet as pretty. It was raining like mad and very foggy!

Dragonlady said...

Wonderful pictures, they were breath-taking, like you said, thanks for sharing them....very calming to look at this bright sunday morning in Florida...
hugs
Brenda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What wonderful photos! They would make a nice photo book!

Dawn said...

Hi Becky,
The guys did a wonderful job for your post. Great, thoughtful photos. Loved the close up of the bridge.

Streams of light through the darkness, reflections off the water ~ both magical and heavenly.

It would have been nice to have some chocolate through. ;)

Hugs,
Dawn

Dawn said...

Hi Becky, just pesky ol' me again.

I have an award for you at my blog if you'd like to accept it.

When I started blogging I saw all these beautiful awards and thought the creativity behind them and the thoughtfulness of them was very special. I didn't realize they came with strings and was curious why some bloggers were "Award Free". Well, rules sometimes must give way to practicality so if you can only pass it on to a few people that is fine with me. Even if you can't play along please accept this award and my sincere belief that you deserve it.

Hugs
Dawn

Miss Jean said...

I'm so glad that Mr. SCD and son got to have a father/son day. What a perfect place to have it, too. You know me, I want to know where they ate lunch!!

Now, I think it's our turn for a girls day out. Let's hit the road and go search for adventure and food!!! Maybe we could follow P & E. Wouldn't that be a hoot!?!

Jordan and Michaela Spence said...

It looks like the boys had a great day trip together! Makes me miss home. Being so close to San Fran sure is nice. I just love all the pictures. I had no idea Barry was such a great photographer! They are so beautiful!

Rhondi said...

Hi Becky
What beautiful photos. I've never been there but hope to visit one day. It's nice that they could be together for the day.
I am having a welcome fall party on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of fall and I'd love it if you joined in. You can read about it on my blog.
Hugs, Rhondi

Liz said...

Oh!These are gorgeous photos. Hubby is really learning how to use his new camera. Thank you for sharing. :)

~Liz

Storybook Woods said...

Ah home sweet home, (both my father and me were born in SF). I have uncles buried in that cemetery xoxoxox Clarice

She'sSewPretty said...

My favorite place in California and I haven't been in a few years...not even to a Giant's game. I think it's way past time for me to go. I think I left my heart there. It's calling me!

{ L } said...

How good is it that they got to spend some true QUALITY time together. Love the sights...especially the sailboat ones! :)

Mimi Sue said...

Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place. I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo. I surely do miss the coast living here in Utah now. Mimi

Pondside said...

That's a part of your country I've never visited. Thanks for the beautiful, personal views - so much nicer than any travel writer in a newspaper.

Cal said...

What a wonderful trip. Fantastic pictures. Thank you.

Hope you have a good week. x

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What a beautiful day shared by your guys. Thanks for letting us see it.

xo
Lynn

Brighid said...

OK, the guys went to Frisco and didn't get any Chocolate! What were they thinking, we need Chocolate, beautiful pics aside, we are in need of Chocolate here...

Diane said...

What fabulous photographs. Ive never been to San Fransisco, but it is on my list of places to visit - it looks breathtaking.

Amber said...

breathtaking!! i love those trees!!

Sinta Renee said...

I love the photo tour... I had been in SF a week ago myself. Your husbands pictures are much better than mine:) I have never been to Pt. Reyes... can you believe that? I love lighthouses!

Amy said...

Oh dear - this made me more than a little homesick for California - Pt. Reyes being a favorite place. Thanks for sharing all the photos - looks like it was a gorgeous day, just as I remember. :-) -amy

Anonymous said...

Becky, Barry took some great pictures. I love them all. He needs his own blog and call it 'Barry Boo`s Big Adventures". Really, he could show us the man`s side of life.ha. love to you and yours,Kathy Sue

Loui said...

Becky..
How about an AWESOME WOW!
such beautiful thoughts put into words of father-son time..
truly enjoyed the trip as seen through their eyes and interpreted with your provocative words..
thanks for sharing..
♥hugs and smiles..
Loui

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Becky, what a beautiful day the boys had! LOVE the photos, especially of the lighthouse!

Thinking of you!
Hugs,
Maryjane

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow......great photos...I SOOO want to go to SF...only been in the airport..we have driven down as far as Ferndale and Eureka...would love to drive the whole coast down to Sf....someday. Just added you to my blog list....sigh..lost it all. cherry

Kim Kasch said...

Ohhhhhhh to the memories and the path still to come. . .

minivanlife said...

Such beautiful photos from your "guys". Thank you so much for sharing!

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susan said...

I just happened to wander here and enjoyed it so much! We spent our honeymoon in San Francisco--(a small elegant hotel The Raphael that I believe is still there) I loved seeing the pictures and stirring up memories--beautiful! Thanks for sharing-I enjoyed my visit!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Becky, you are welcome anytime! :)
I spent the first six months of my married life with Patrick in San Francisco...We first lived on Turk St. and then Ellis..I had my very first job at the Strand theatre on Market St. I applied for an office job as that was what I was trained for..but because I was married to a young Marine they wouldn't hire me. They said they would just train me and then I would leave. So...
I see those pictures...and
remember.
My youngest child, Dawn, now lives n Santa Cruz. I may come for a visit soon...maybe after I recover from the surgery. I would like that.
Apple pie! Doesn't that sound wonderful...heated with ice cream? HAS to be homemade though!
Hugs...:)
Mona

♥ miss.michelle said...

...hi Becky!

A very sweet post. Thanks for sharing!

I went and visited your space today, are you leaving that shop? Are you moving to another location? I'll miss your goodies :(

~michelle

Elyse said...

so beautiful, becky. thank you for sharing.

happy fall

xo
elyse

Susie Q said...

One of my favorite spots in this world...*sigh*
Bill was stationed at Alameda, when the USS Abe Lincoln was there in port. Oh what fun we had scoringthe area and the countryside, North, Southm all around. I loved it all...
Thank you for sharing these with us!
I think of you so, so often Becky!
Love,
Sue

Lallee said...

What a beautiful day your men had together. The photos brought back some nice memories for me. We had such a beautiful drive up the coast on the north side of SF. I especially love the photos of the light in the trees.