I am just like all you parents out there, we were stressing out about a long haul flight with a toddler. After a wonderful memorable family adventure with Kendall this past month, we’ve gotten better on how to pack and handle different situations during the trip.… Read More
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We were amazed how easy it has gotten to travel with Kendall, so we picked up the rental car from San Francisco to explore the winding road and beauty on highway one. We visited Half Moon Bay, Monterey Bay, Carmel and Big Sur. This post is about the relaxed 48 hours in Half Moon Bay and I will write more the other towns we visited on our trip next time.
We stayed at the Half Moon Bay Lodge which is not too far from downtown. We arrived in the afternoon and had lunch at The Ritz-Carlton. This resort has a beach, golf course, spa, hiking trail and a terrace where you can relax and enjoy the ocean view. This lobster roll looks perfect! Sam’s Chowder House is right near downtown and was a must stop for us. Twice! The last day we had a wonderful time at the James Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. This place has a huge tide pool and many sea life to discover when tides are low. They also have trails you can hike along the beach. Although we did not see a sea anemone or a sea star, we loved the exploring and enjoyed hearing the grownups and kids screaming, “Over here! It’s a crab!” Because the weather is so good, we spent a ton of time outside. I love how active we can be as a family thanks to the good weather.
I always wonder what would it be like to travel with a baby and now I know as we have just returned from our first flight with our 7 months old baby. During our trip, I kept thinking I wanted to share my experience with you. I must say it was a fun experience and now we know what was it is like to travel with a baby. Here are a few tips I wanted to share with you.
Packing: One piece of advice is to pack light. I brought extra pants and long sleeves for the baby. A few light jackets for layering. We used the laundry mat a few times during our trip so that we have clean crisp clothes to wear. We brought about two to three days supply of formula and ordered the rest through this diaper website. It is amazing how quickly they deliver the package to the hotel in less than two days. My husband ordered some late Saturday afternoon and we actually got them Monday around noon. All these ideas will definitely save lots of room!
At the airport and on the plane: Before the flight, we reviewed the TSA policies to make sure we knew what the carry-on policies were for liquids for babies. We checked in the stroller with no cost through the airline. We carried our baby on the car seat around the airport, but once we got on the plane she sat on our laps and the flight attendants stored the carseat for us. Some airlines will let families with children board first but I would recommend to stay off the plane as long as you can so that the baby does not feel confined for a long period of time. Keep the diaper bag with all the necessities (foods, toys, clothes etc) at your feet in case of turbulence. We have extra food ready and a pacifier for sucking at take-off and landing. With all the worries and preparation before the flight, at the end it was much easier than we thought it would be. If it does not seem easy, stay calm as this phase will pass.
Around town: We are so glad that we brought our vista uppababy stroller to San Francisco. We attached the uppababy infant car seat to the vista stroller. We also used the car seat on a few cab rides around town and it was actually quite easy to strap it in after a few tries. It was a smooth and comfortable ride for our baby climbing up and down the hill. We especially like the brake system on the stroller. When we are on a hike or someday we felt like ditching the stroller, we put on the carrier to go around town. Free hands! It is my favorite carrier as it is lightweight, comfy and has lumbar support for daddy!
Hotel: We used a hotel crib and our baby slept through most of the nights. We brought the white noise sheep with us to use at night. I also requested to clear the mini bar so I can store breast milk. All of the hotels that we have stayed at were very accommodating to our needs. Just mention your requests at reservation.
Enjoy the trip!
We have a lot to share with you of our summer trip in northern coastal of California. When we get there, we wanted to be outside to enjoy the cool air and soft sun in San Francisco. We picked out a few parks to visit during our stay. We took a quick cab drive to Dolores Park. They have a playground with tall slides but Kendall is too young to play but we still enjoyed the walk. I know they have movie night in the park too. It would be so nice to enjoy a movie and bring a blanket for picnic. By our hotel in Pacific Heights, we found this nice neighborhood park called, Alta Plaza Park. It is located up on the hill so layer up to take in the view. This park has a great view of the city, tennis courts, basketball courts, dog friendly, restrooms, lots of benches and a playground. It was a clear day and we can see the Sutro tower. Lovely park.
Then we couldn’t resist going to Tartine Bakery & Cafe in the Mission. There was a long line but we were able to get in pretty quick to grab a drink and try the morning bun and other yummy baked goods. I’d recommend it if you visit the Mission district. Here is our baby waiting in line. She is very socialized!
One day, we walked from Pacific Heights to Crissy Field. This park is a great place to bring your family for a walk, run and enjoy a picnic by the beach. Look at Daddy enjoying his morning bun!So, we can’t get enough of the parks and that makes San Francisco so livable and is truly an amazing city. We had the best time.
Our first visit in San Francisco was to the Golden Gate Park where you find parks and museums. We spent a day in the park to explore California Academy of Sciences and the botanical garden. It was such a beautiful day spent in the park and at the end of the day we were so tired that we have to save the DeYoung and Legion of Honor fine arts museums for our next visit. Tim loves looking at the moon rock at Academy of Sciences…wink wink.