It was a slow ride in but we left ourselves plenty of time. The closer we got to San Francisco the foggier it got
. We caught our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge and it was barely visible. We found the Presidio Golf Course which was just an exit or two after crossing the bridge. This is one of the prettiest courses we have ever played. The course used to be part of the Army base but is now open to the public. It was so well kept, lush and full of mature cedar trees and the greens were in such good shape. It's been awhile since we've played somewhere other than Florida and I had forgotten how different they are from other courses. It was hard to stay focused because the views were just amazing. Oh by the way, did I mention that we about froze! It barely warmed up during our round and the course was enveloped with that mysterious bay fog pretty much the whole time! After talking with some of the staff, it's that way most of the time. When we pulled up and saw everyone in long pants, hats, Northface coats and gloves we new we were going to freeze in our Florida attire! Dang! At least we grabbed our jackets!
The streets in San Francisco are so pretty. Most of them are very steep and lined with row style houses. Many of them have a Victorian influence. It was so much fun driving down these unusual streets that follow the hilly terrain and then look both directions at an intersection to see what beautiful view the street held either up or down the hill. We found our way over to Lombard Street which is famous for it's very steep and very winding road
. It's hard to believe that people actually live on that street. Their garages and parking spaces were on crazy slopes and big enough for a really small car. I have to admit it was a fun thing to do though.
After leaving Lombard Street we made our way over to Fisherman's Wharf. What a fun place! It's right on the bay and has a little bit of everything. It's a working wharf but also a very touristy area. You can take a double decker bus tour, ride the trolley, take a boat tour around the bay and out to Alcatraz, eat at great restaurants, shop in all kinds of stores and visit a WWII battleship and submarine. Lots and lots to do in that area. We were all hungry after playing golf and had gotten a recommendation at the golf course to eat at Scoma's on Pier 47. Excellent choice! We all had seafood of some kind and everything was just wonderful. The clam chowder was excellent!
We built a fire when we got back, made some s'mores and talked about our day. It was unanimous, even though none of us are big city people, the unusual vibe and location of this beautiful city was well worth the trip in to see it. Tomorrow we will go to wine country and visit some winery's and then drive down the costal highway. It's time to get some sleep. We have had a very long, very full day!
The phone rang at 5:10am and woke us up out of a dead sleep. An 800 number who apparently thought we were having our morning coffee in Florida and would be up! Oh well, we need to get up and around because we have a very big day planned. We are about 30 miles north of San Francisco and we have a 9:20 tee time at the Presidio Golf Course. Since we need to allow for rush hour we'll leave about 7. It is SO cold this morning! It got down to 55!!! Ordinarily that's not bad but we've been so use to 108 during the day and 80 at night. So even though it's cold we dress for golf.....shorts and short sleeve shirts because the weather app for here says upper 70's for today. Well, let's just say, we should have been checking the San Francisco Bay Area weather! We grabbed a couple light weight jackets before we left.....just in case.