San Francisco: Charlie's Corner and Crickets (Sour Cream & Onion Flavored)

San Francisco is the current title holder for "City with Most Pictures Taken through My Car Window."

I tried to stop taking them--to play it cool and stop looking like a wide-eyed, over excited tourist--but this city was just so awesome. It was all hills and color and Full House opening credits-style architecture.

 One of the hundred pictures.

One of the hundred pictures.

 Another of the hundred pictures. (Isn't it cool?!)

Another of the hundred pictures. (Isn't it cool?!)

I had a really FUN event at Charlie's Corner. Everybody that works in this bookstore was so nice and so warm! The owner puts on this great story time for kids--so I got to hang out with all ages here! They also have middle school students interning in the store. After the event the interns interviewed me for their newsletter that is written by kids for kids. I was very impressed!

 The front of Charlie's Corner.

The front of Charlie's Corner.

 They created a beautiful display for the signing!

They created a beautiful display for the signing!

 I'm getting interviewed by the interns.

I'm getting interviewed by the interns.

 Charlie's Corner has great quotes all over the shop.

Charlie's Corner has great quotes all over the shop.

 This sign in the children's area made me snort-laugh. The drool on the book is just the best.

This sign in the children's area made me snort-laugh. The drool on the book is just the best.

After the signing, we had wonderful (gluten free because of Celiac) pizza at Patxi's and took some pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 The Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge.

Between the city, the bookstore, and the pizza, the night was perfect . . . until we got back to our campground and found the gate bolted shut with this sign:

 It was 10:30 when we got back. This was not good.

It was 10:30 when we got back. This was not good.

So we had a dilemma. The facts were these: the exit had tire-popping spikes for wrong way drivers, we had three very tired kids in the backseat, and there was a dog in our trailer that probably was in desperate need of a potty break. We began to get creative--making foolish plans that ranged from off-roading or hiking (with our two youngest slung over our shoulders) or a scheme that involved laying down the 2x4's, saying a prayer, and going over the spikes. It was then that the policeman showed up.

He was very nice. We explained what was going on and he helped us out. Though he did pause for a second and say, "Were you actually going to over those? I've never seen anybody attempt that before."

The next day was beautiful. The kids got to swim. We ate crickets as a family (see picture). And we made sure not to leave the campground at night.

 The kids got to swim and had fun playing with some new friends.

The kids got to swim and had fun playing with some new friends.

 We found these at the camp store. (They also had a bacon and cheese flavor, but we thought these sounded better.)

We found these at the camp store. (They also had a bacon and cheese flavor, but we thought these sounded better.)

I got the best video of the cricket eating (and obviously I couldn't eat them since I had to document the activity). I hope to figure out how to upload that soon!