ice skating and alcatraz.

I am writing a blog post now rather than later because I know how busy things are going to get for me this week, especially with Turkey Day coming up on Thursday. Anyway, I just wanted to share our adventures from this past weekend before I forget to do it later, haha!

Nat and Sean came down to visit (and to celebrate Nat’s birthday) with us. …and you know what we did?! We went ice skating at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Um, yeah… I’m horrible at it, but I find it so enjoyable. Surprisingly, my tush didn’t hit the ice at all! I apologize for the quality of these photos and video. They were taken with my phone because I was scared to carry around the SLR on the ice, hehe.

…and we actually remembered to capture a video. Here’s one of me and Sean skating in to take a break:

Just looking at these photos makes me really want to go ice skating again. Not only is it tons of fun, it’s a great workout; my thighs were hurting the next day.

The next morning, we all got up early and headed toward the city. Both Nat and I are avid National Park passport stamp collectors, so we thought it would be fun to hit up Alcatraz. Last time I was on the rock was many years ago, so it was definitely a sight to see.

If you’re into history, this is definitely one place you have to add to your must visit list. There’s lots of history on the rock, and I highly recommend doing the free audio tour in the main prison. It’s totally worth listening to; I learned so much about the prison in under an hour! Besides, you get great views of the city from the island.

Yup, that pretty much sums up our past weekend.

If I don’t get around to posting before Thursday, hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Let the holiday season commence!

PS: I haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet! Yikes! I’m behind already…

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