Long day in San Fran
Trip Start Oct 10, 2009
30Trip End Nov 04, 2009
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The weather was clearing in the rest of the city though and by 10.30am we were in the sunshine. The tour basically took in all the major SF landmarks, some of which we had heard of, some of which we hadn't. There's pictures here of a lot of them
At 12.15 the driver dropped us at Pier 33 for the ferry to Alcatraz. This was included in the tour, so we had time to collect the tickets and have some lunch before the ferry left at 1pm. The crossing to 'The Rock' is only about 10 mins, but gives some lovely views of the harbour, including a Golden Gate Bridge slowly emerging from the fog. On Alcatraz a group of Civil War re-enactors are doing some re-enacting (the island was a military garrison and fort before it became a prison). There is a 1/4 mile uphill hike to the cellblock, but they have a wee electric train thingy for Wendy, which is good. Not so good for me, forced to walk. The whole tour round the prison is self-guided with an audio commentary. It's very, very good indeed and takes about 2 hours to go round. Some of the views across the bay are also pretty spectacular. The fog has of course completely gone by now.
We catch the 3.30pm boat back to the harbour, which gives us time for an amble down to the Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 and tea. Groan, too much food there. It's also Halloween, so all the staff are in fancy dress. We are served by a cheerleader, which is nice (for me, anyway). We time it perfectly so we only have to wait 10 mins or so for our shuttle back to the motel. 10 hours exactly we've been gone and one of us at least is pretty jiggered. Wendy is apparently tired too!