Oakwood at Archstone Walnut Creek
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... been a good way to finish the first phase of our trip. We timed it well for the Oakland ferry and had a happy hour glass of wine to celebrate. The crossing was a great way to get a sense of the Bay Area with beautiful views all around. We had a number of stops before Oakland and the boat was packed with cycling commuters, including a bearded hipster with a Penny Farthing - never expected to see that. From the Oakland ferry port, we just had to cycle ...
... in line for the ferries, almost as bad as Pier 39 on Saturday, but I eventually got on and took the icy ride across the water. It actually gave some amazing views of the city and the distant Golden Gate bridge, so I crossed a potential water taxi ride off my to-do and took some happy snaps of the city.
Alcatraz was pretty fantastic – it wasn’t as dark and ominous as I expected, it was more bland and sad, ...
... boat cruised around the harbour so we could see some of the flash areas, before the Fireworks started at 9.30 - they have them going off in two places with identical patterns and in sync. The fog was quite low so we could not see all the high flashes but it was impressive. After a bit more cruising the harbour we docked and Myra took us back to the hotel ready for sleep. Saturday was our final day so Myra ...
... is actually the best from just where you enter as you can still appreciate the whole megastructure but can also see some of the detail. Still the views of the bay were lovely. We headed back to drop off our bikes and walked to the Palace of the Fine arts, which is another beautiful structure. Then we headed back to the hotel and quickly changed before heading back to Pier 39. We looked at the smelly, cute seals, had something to eat as we watched ...
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