Bay Area Discovery Musuem

This day was one of my favorite days in recent memory. Even in distant memory. The late morning sun shone down on all of us, filtered through the stubborn San Francisco fog that was not easing up its grip on the bay as quickly as it sometimes does. The air was cool and damp with a hint of salt, that thick, gray air that is so very San Francisco. I had not lived it in so long that when once again reacquainted with it, I loved it as much as I had once hated it when I actually lived there. The kids were excited to see a new sight, be in a new place and, above all, explore, as that is what my kids do best. Paul and I were getting along famously, also enjoying the day, seeing our kids happy, being pleased with them and each other. The life we tend to let take over, the one with all the demands, schedules and pressures, was replaced for a day by a life of leisure, relaxation, playtime, a picnic lunch and unhurried rambling from exhibit to exhibit in a fun place for all. I cannot wait to have another day like this. Perhaps here again or in a new place. Memories yet to make and to cherish.

On the Sausalito side of the bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance: Sam, 3; Lucy, 7; Annabel, 5.
Here we are, ready for some fun.

Making music.

Building slides and such.
Kids were digging for buried treasure: real coins!
Quick hug from Mama.
Lucy took this photo Paul and me.
Playing in the tide pool.
The water rushes in...
...the water rushes out. Annabel loved this spot.
Paul taking a picture of Sammy with his treasure.
He was so thrilled to find real coins.
Paul took the girls up the hill.
Sammy playing in a spider web.
Sammy was small enough to climb through this log.
Running through the amazing willow sculpture.
Sticks, of course, always are present when Sammy is at play.
On the trail up above.
Me and my kids.
Paul and kids pretending to be birds.
Hideaway in the willow.
Running in the willow.
Charging in the willow.
Surprise in the willow.
Fly in the willow.
Lucy hanging out in the old fishing boat.
Captain Sammy.
Perched up top.
How waves work.

Boats on waves.
Sea animal theater.
Sea otter Lucy.
Happy us. Wonderful day.


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