Sitting on the dock of the bay.....

Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
Trip End Sep 28, 2008

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hi y'all,

San Francisco is an interesting place full of beautiful sights, big hills and odd people. We spent two days and nights in San Francisco (SF) staying at Hayes Valley Inn in downtown SF. We originally planned to stay at another place recommended by friends but unfortunately it was booked out. The Hayes Valley Inn though was a great find (thanks Lonely Planet!) and set up like a European bed and breakfast. And boy what a breakfast it was - bagels, waffels, fruit, cereal, juice, tea, coffee, cakes, toast, ham, cheese etc etc) - we were in budget accommodation heaven.
We arrived midday and headed straight to Fisherman's Wharf for some clam chouder by the bay. We ran into a few sea lions by pier 39 and spent a good 10 minutes listening to them bark and honk and guard their territory. We took a recommended walking tour home which was a 3 hour walk passing attractions such as Nobb Hill, China Town, Columbia Street, Coit Tower and Downtown. It was well worth the effort although the number of homeless people was truely startling and put David on edge.

The architecture in San Francisco is really cool. They have houses called Painted Ladies which are Victorian era houses perched along the streets. Each house is painted a different colour and creates a tapistry of colour over the hills.

The next day we hit the biking saddle and rode from Fisherman's Wharf over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalido, a little town nestled in over the otherside of the bay. The ride was so much fun and going over the bridge was spectactular. We kept stopping to take pictures back over the bay towards SF and the ocean. We watched a massive tanker scoot under us and realised just how big the bridge is. We also realised this by the time spent riding uphill over the bridge :-)

Once we got over the otherside of the bridge I managed to get us lost (David wants me to let you know this was despite his insistance on turning left which would have in turn not lead to us having to ride up the biggest hill in San Francisco). Luckily though getting lost turned out for the best as we met up with another lost couple who turned out to be our age and really cool people.

Together we figured out how to get to Sausalido and made the last ferry back to SF and getting a good view of Alcatraz on the way back. The ride in total took us about 5 hours with a couple of stops to soak it all in. Paul (Pablo Ringo), Melissa, Dave and I ended up hanging out for the rest of the evening getting some good Italian food and hitting a bar. It turns out that in America you are "carded" if you look under 35 so unfortunately I wasn't able to have a drink but watched the others enjoying their assorted beverages. David tried his first bloody mary and although he didn't enjoy it has vowed to continue until he finds one he does like. We had a really awesome evening (thank Paul and Melissa) and headed back to our hotel.

The next morning we drove down Lombard street which is famous as it is the most crooked street in the world. We snaked our way down and beeped at some tourists who decided that the road looked more like a pedestrian crossing. Damn tourists. Next we drove through the gay section of town and lit on out of there to make our way to Los Angeles along highway 1 and Big Sur.

All in all it was a great stay and the weather was perfect once again.


Amy and Dave.
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