California

100 days to go

100 days to go, 100 days to dream. Time is seeming to fly super fast now. I have dreams regularly about our trip. I have a few smaller trips between now and then which will really make the time go by fast.

What is left to do? Well, most everything is paid for already in regards to lodging. The only places that are not fully paid for yet are our place in Nelson and our place in Auckland. I plan to pay for Nelson on May 1 and Auckland on June 1.  We also have one hotel room that we have not paid for yet. Other than that, all hotels/apartments have been paid for so we won’t have that expense when we return. That is usually the biggest travel expense and it has been nice to spread it out over the last few months.

Airfare – fully paid for. We bought our tickets over to Australia/New Zealand using frequent flyer miles so those were relatively cheap. But I had to buy flights within Australia and New Zealand. I bought those in the fall once I knew our itinerary.

In regards to car rentals – one has been prepaid and two I was not able to prepay. And honestly I can’t find a better rate than what I booked so those probably won’t be prepaid before we go. I can deal with that though.

Activities are mostly all booked and paid for. This month I can book our Alcatraz tickets (yes we are spending a day in San Fran before we go) and our Sydney Observatory tickets. Our lodging in Sydney is right next to the Observatory so we will do that one night. I have two excursions booked but I cannot pay for them yet as they could be cancelled if the weather does not cooperate. I call those excursions the Pandy Excursions. Pandy was my great aunt that passed away in November but she taught me that you only live once and sometimes in life you need to splurge. So those two excursions, if they happen, I will dedicate to her since they will be our splurges. In fact, my motto on our trip will be “What would Pandy do?”.

I still can’t believe we have reached the 100 day milestone. It seemed so far away when I booked our first plane ticket at 330 days away. My brother gets married in 33 days and then the kids get out for the summer in 71 days. Those two countdowns will make the countdown to our trip fly.

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I left my heart in San Francisco

We depart San Francisco for Sydney at around 10:35 PM at night. My son has been to San Francisco but he was only fourteen months old. My daughter has never been before. Thus, knowing we don’t leave SF until late at night I knew I wanted to show them the city. I also wanted to ease us into the monster time change that would occur. So by heading out a day early we could also sleep in the next day and wear the kids out with sightseeing.

The plan is for me and the kids to fly out to SF the day before we head to Sydney. My husband will join us later that night. The kids and I are actually flying to SF from Minneapolis as my daughter is attending sleep away camp in MN right before our trip. So we arrive around 2 PM on a Friday and we head out to Sydney the next night. 

My husband and I were married in San Francisco. I actually cannot wait to show the kids where we were married and where we stayed when we got married. I love that city so much and I can’t wait to share my love of the city with the kids. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could.

I also plan to take the kids to Alcatraz on Friday. On Saturday my son wants to visit Lombard Street and both kids want to see redwood trees. We will also walk across the Golden Gate Bridge and possibly visit the Golden Gate park. I am just as excited about showing the kids one of my favorite cities in the world as I am about our adventure to the South Pacific.

I have been to SF many, many times. But amazingly enough I have never actually ridden a cable car. Perhaps we will finally ride a cable car?

Also – I was researching transportation in San Fran. We don’t need a car the first day we are there. But the second day we most likely need a car as we want to do Lombard Street, the Golden Gate bride, Marin Headlands, and Muir Woods. Taxis and Uber would be too complex. I was comparing renting a car in San Fran city and returning to SFO (airport) between Budget and Hertz. Budget it is only $55 for a one day rental. Hertz though was over $300! Amazing what happens when you comparison shop. 

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