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Before the Bay

Pre-trip planning a visit to the Bay Area, San Francisco and Oakland area

The Bay Area had been calling me over and again- for well over 15 years. Finally, the SoCal girl answered. What took so long?

It wasn't SoCal bias or disdain of anything San Francisco or Oakland getting in the way. No rhyme or reason really. However, time was up, time and distance was kept away enough.


What truly instigated a visit up to the Bay - the desire to see the Oakland Raiders in the final year playing as their original Oaktown selves before jetting down to Las Vegas for the long foreseeable future. Surely, just a Sunday afternoon football game does not suffice for a proper Bay visit. A two-day visit is a tease but a full Saturday and Sunday was at my disposal for travel.

So, on to planning a quickie a solo Norcal weekender.

First thing's first: Budget for 2.5 days

I factored in about $500-$700 (Flights included) for a modest with some" frills" stay in the Bay area.
Frills pretty much meaning a splurge on a San Francisco foodie treat or two.

Packing: Keep it light and essential
Lightweight apparel
A good pair of walking shoes (The hilly San Francisco pavement is unforgiving)
Warm jacket - the wind'll get you good in Norcal.

My Specific Lugged Items

Outdoorsy Black Backpack as a carry on
Mermaid journal

Posted by Marinarena 12:47 Archived in USA Tagged san_francisco nfl sfo oakland bay_area sjc raiders

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