Our visit to San Francisco included most of the touristy attractions to see, but we tried to check out some other stuff as well, ohh and of course the swimming pool was a big hit with us. We are both proud to report that our tan lines have returned.
We kicked off this stay with a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. Walking is free, driving costs $7 toll, (a whopping $21 with trailer!!!) we were vary careful how many times we crossed.
Its windy up here
We then hopped back in the car and proceeded to drive towards Sausalito, on the north end of the GG bridge. It provides the best view of the bridge and the open ocean.
looks a lot like Hawaii
Very steep roads….
Next stop we found another Farmers Market (technically not in SF, in Petaluma, CA)
This chicken was absolute heaven, cooked up with Hispanic flavours, we enjoyed this with a tall glass of Horchata.
We purchased some artichokes, and quartered them and fried in butter- pretty tasty. But it helps when you get mega fresh produce.
the Market was too much for some people- vendors included. Massage anyone?
we purchased some chicken and headed over to the park to devour it. This guy must have smelled it and was trying to steal it!
We have both been to San Francisco, but neither made it to Alcatraz, so we were both looking forward to it.
Boat ride on the way over, this is 8:45am and the sun is shining!
Downtown Frisco in the background
We were greeted on the island by an Ex Alcatraz inmate who now works for the National Park Service.
Ex- Inmate William Baker
3 men escaped thru these holes one night. They were never seen again- dead or alive. It is unknown if they made it alive or drowned.
watch tower at the dock
during another escape attempt, inmates killed some guards, stole their guns and took control of the prison. The Army was called in to re gain control, the marks on the floor here is where grenades exploded. The inmates involved were all killed, and they regained control of the prison.
The hole- D Block
the Rec yard
After the prisons closure in 1963, the prison sat empty. A disagreement with the Native Indians and the Government resulted in the Indians occupying Alcatraz from 1969-1971. Graffiti was visible all over the island.
Interesting stats posted at the end of the tour:
Time to head back to San Francisco for some lunch and beer!
San Fran Sourdough and Clam Chowder
And then we found a cool looking pub
with lots and lots of beer. Actually an unbelievable amount of beer!
Next we had a look at the Hyde Street Pier:
Prior to the Golden Gate bridge opening in 1936, wooden paddle wheeler car ferries were the only way to cross. One such ferry has been restored and is on display.
Hyde Street pier also has a great view of the Rock
Next we headed up the Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround :
they turn the cars by hand at the end of the line.
We opted not to ride this time, as we both have on previous trips. And the 45 minute wait also deterred us.
Who recognizes this location?
We really enjoyed our 4 days in and around San Francisco.
Time to head south! Check out the mirror on this rig.
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
– Dr. Seuss