So guess where we were?
We were in a hotel. In San Francisco! Pawesome right?
Last time we were in San Francisco it didn't go so well. This time we were all determined to make it work. Mom, Aunt V, and us. And that we did. We got to spend the night in a cool hotel room. The same hotel as last time. La Quinta Inn in Millbrae, just a few minutes away from San Francisco. We got to watch TV on a this big bed and the room even had a little kitchen in there, that we liked to stalk because Mom and Aunt V brought pizza!
Mom brought some of our cuddle stuff from home to make us more comfortable. Like our blankies and toys and our pillow pet.
The next day we got up early and headed towards the city.
We made it! We made it to the Lupus Walk. That's right. Aunt V has done the Walk to end Lupus Now in San Francisco for 3 years now. It takes place at Golden Gate Park. This is the first time we had attended. The Walk to end Lupus Now is an organization that helps raise money and awareness to finding a cure for Lupus. Aunt V's Mom used to have Lupus, and she also has a couple of dear friends who have Lupus. So the disease touches close to home for her.
Aunt V is on a team with some of her friends and their families. And they were the 2nd top money raising team. They reached their team goal of $10,000!
The organization was so honored and happy with the teams results, that they let the team captain, who has Lupus her self, to cut the ribbon to start the race, and they gave her a medal of achievement.
Per tradition at the race, people write on things to say who they're walking for or in honor of. People write on shirts, on signs and even balloons. Purple is the prime color of the walk, so we got some purple balloons to celebrate. We wrote who we were walking for on the balloons; I'm walking for My Mom, I'm walking for my friend Celi, and I'm walking for my friend Monica. We tied them to Swisher's harness, and he was a hit with everyone.
On your mark. Get set. Walk!.....
...and we're off!
There are two courses. A 2 mile walk and a 1 mile walk. We opted for the shorter walk because Swisher was already outta breath from all the excitement. We walked for a little and then we found this little park.
Everyone said I should go down the slide.. but I didn't think it was such a great idea.
There was a lot of people there. And some furiends also.
We took a break from the walk and stopped here by this Japanese Zen Garden. Here's us posing with Mom.
Photographers would come along and stop to ask if they could take our pictures by the Zen garden. We said sure. We're not shy from PUParazzi. Bol.
Ok back to the walk... we're almost to the finish.
Hey Mom, you think the ambulance men can lend me an oxygen tank?
We made it to the finish line!
I need water!
Maybe I'll just go for a swim instead.
Brrr. That water looks way too cold.
We headed for the elevators....
...we thought the fun was over. But Mom and Aunt V said we had a couple more surprises.
We headed for the Golden Gate bridge. This was our first time over the bridge. It was huge. We looked out the windows and looked at the water.
Then we stopped at Vista Point and got down and checked out the view.
At Vista Point, they have a statue of a man that's called The Lone Sailor. It's was dedicated in 2002 and is a replica of the Lone Sailor at the Navy Memorial in Washington DC. The area also includes memorials to the Marines, the Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marines.
After vista point, we grabbed some food for the road and drove over the new Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and Oakland, and we headed home. And slept allll the way there. Bol.
That was a great adventure. We had a lot of fun. We hope to do it again. Please excuse us for the delay and length of this post.
Lots of licks,
Oakley and Swisher