Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakland Airport
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... while I got to enjoy some time with Shara and Emi. Around 4:45, we left Maggie with the family and headed to the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, using the BART. A shuttle bus picked us up at the station, and we were at the theater around 5:30. So easy! This is an outdoor theater with a good café (and full bar-- we each had two delicious cocktails). The winner was the barkeeper Tardis's own creation (Pisces Dream?) which was based on ...
Met up with Dan and Jen for the 4th July weekend. Heaps of people and tourists around, Went for a walk down Fisherman's wharf and Pier 39. We went on the Rocket boat around San Francisco Bay. Walked the streets, very steep and wandered down Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world)
Day 2 we cycled from San Francisco City, 10 miles up the bay to Fort Point ...
... Up at 6am-when the sun rose. The weather was clear so we could see right out to sea and along the rugged coastline. We were looking for whales but didn’t see any. Set off driving about 6:30am. The road was clear-it was a gorgeous drive. Stopped at several vistas along the way-to look for whales. Stopped at Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park to have a look at the famous 80ft waterfall, that drops over a cliff into the Pacific Ocean (McWay Falls). Got there really early ...
... Presumably because, if you hang around too long, you're dead meat. With all my bags on me I didn't really want to be stopping too look at a map so I bit the bullet and jumped in a taxi. Nine dollars seemed a bit steep for a five minute cab ride, but not as steep as the uphill gradient.
I later discovered that the reason there are so many tramps in San Francisco is because the city pays them three thousand dollars per year to remain homeless. I'm sure ...
... which translates as "The Island of the Pelicans". It's surprising to know that despite the many birds that do nest on Alcatraz, there are no pelicans amongst them!
Alcatraz has since had a colourful and mixed history serving the Army as a fortress (1858-1933) and military prison (1861-1933), and the Department of Justice as a maximum-security federal penitentiary (1934-1963).
Arriving at Alcatraz Island, I was one of the last to disembark. Fortunately when ...