The wake-up call came way too soon but check out was really easy. I clicked on a link they emailed me, checked the bill and accepted it all from my mobile phone on wifi. Too easy! We dropped the keys in a box near the concierge desk on the way out the door to the taxi rank. Somehow the porter and the driver got 4 large suitcases, 4 small ones, 2 backpacks and 4 adult passengers into the Ford Escape. There wasn’t much space left. Darlene fought a losing battle with the United Airlines check in supervisor at the airport over our luggage fees. Oh well. Then we got to the security checkpoint and we discovered that the 100mls rule applies to domestic flights in USA not just international. We lost our water bottles, my sunscreen and our mouthwash. D’oh!
The flight was supposed to leave at 9.57 am but eventually took off at 11.12am. We initially thought it was going to be a 30 minute delay and took the opportunity to eat some breakfast at the airport. The flight was advertised as 1 hr 50 mins but actual flying time was just 1 hr and 10 mins.
The change in weather for such a short flight predominantly east to west was substantial. High 30s to high teens. We arrived ok and after a long wait our baggage finally appeared. The four of us went to the hotel by large taxi. It worked out cheaper than 4 on the hotel airport bus. Lance & Karol checked in but our room wasn’t ready so we went to a local diner (Sam’s) that was recommended and just around the corner and had a late lunch around 2.30 pm. We went for a walk down Market Street and found a Westfield shopping centre. After wandering around for a while we headed back to the hotel and stopped at a store to replace our mouthwash and to buy some more aspirin for my foot. Thanks to all that asked but the foot is fine, almost as good as new. I stopped taking aspirin after the flight to San Francisco and will give it a break for a while. I will dose up again the day before the return flight as a precaution. Although I am not really into wearing stockings I may make an exception for the long flight to prevent a repeat of the DVT.
We returned to the rooms to chill for a while and headed down for pre-dinner drinks a bit after 7. We had a lovely Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, will have to get the name of it. We ate at the hotel restaurant and had an enjoyable evening with the staff there in the bar and the restaurant. With some advice from the locals we sorted out our touring itinerary for the next 2 days.