It was a three-day weekend and since I do not have midterms to study for (yet), I decided to head to the Bay for two days.
After meeting up with Teresa in Oakland, Teresa drove to Alameda so we could grab dinner with our sponsoree. Amanda chose Monkey King since she wanted to drink. :p The 40-minute wait was worthwhile since the food turned out to be quite delicious and reasonably priced!
We killed time by catching up and taking selfies! XD
Though we were extremely full after dinner, we decided to head to ChaTime for boba. There’s always a separate stomach for dessert, no? We called it a night around 9pm.
Though Teresa and I knew we had to wake up at 4am to hike Mission Peak with her Oakland Crew, we stayed up until midnight to catch up on Orange is the New Black. We got 3 hours of sleep since we tossed and turned the entire night. Oakland Crew picked us up at 4:30am and we started our hike at 5am.
The view at 5am. We had to use a flashlight to see the trail.
5:30am: The sky began to light up.
6:15am: The sun rose and we were 2/3 of the way up.
This portion was actually hard since we had to semi-climb between rocks (and it was extremely steep), but the view was amazing!
People have said Mission Peak is an extremely hard hike, but I thought it was alright. Not sure if it’s due to the fact that we took many breaks or if the group exercise classes are paying off. :p We arrived at the peak around 7:20am. We stayed for nearly an hour at the top just taking pictures and enjoying the view. That is, until it got too cold for us to handle.
Majestic Bay Area fog at 7:30am.
I got a picture of my own!
The hike back down took longer than I expected. The steepness was more strenuous on our legs and my old knee injury acted up a bit. We arrived at the base at 10am. 6-mile hike roundtrip completed in 5 hours, woohoo! We were famished halfway down so we decided we would grab tacos on the way back. XD
Alice came to hang out with us around 2pm. Guess Teresa and I were running on adrenaline by then since we hung out until 8:30pm! The three of us were supposed to try ramen wings in San Francisco, but they were closed for the holiday. We ended up at Home of Chicken and Waffles. It was our first time trying chicken and waffles. The food was delicious and fresh, but we thought it was a bit expensive for the portion sizes. After lunch, we decided to chill at Blue Bottle Coffee Co. The line was quite long and the coffee wasn’t the kind I was used to, but the ambiance was great. We spent an hour or so having adult conversations before heading to Emeryville for a bit of shopping.
I’ve missed my housies. <3
Unsurprisingly, we ended the day at ChaTime to wait for Sam to pick me up. All in all, it was a weekend well-spent!