A Clear Day in San Francisco
Trip Start Jan 15, 2009
52Trip End Mar 07, 2009
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I rode the BART train into the city and then caught the historic F Line Trolley Car to take me to Fisherman's Warf. As I rode along, I almost expected to be caught-up in a Rice-A-Roni Advertisement! My first stop at Fisherman's Warf was the Red & White Bay Cruise terminal, where I boarded the Royal Prince for a 1 hour cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge and then around Alcatraz Island. The bridge is very impressive close up. The weather and the sea salt are so harsh on the Golden Gate Bridge, that they constantly paint it. When they finish painting it from one end to the other, they turn around and start painting it all over again. As we sailed under the bridge, the tour director pointed out Robin Williams house perched on the hill looking down at the Golden Gate Bridge
After the cruise, I had a nice lunch at the Pier Market Seafood Restaurant on Pier 39. They have windows that look out over the floating docks where dozens of California Sea Lions laze in the sun. If you ever eat here, I highly recommend the New England clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. After lunch, I sat in the sun and listened to the street performers for a while. I have included a short clip of one fellow who sang some pretty good blues music. The clip is from an old blues song called "I got my mojo working".
Next, it was time for a motorized trolley tour of downtown San Francisco. We rode through Little Italy and Chinatown. We passed, by the tallest building in San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid. We climbed up and down the hilly, winding streets of the city, but we didn't try to navigate Lombard Street-the most crooked street in America. This street winds back and at such crazy angles, that the trolley is incapable of making the turns. I did get a photo of it from a distance though.
After riding around in trains, trolleys and boats, I decided it was time to get some exercise. I rented a bike on Taylor Street from Bay City Bikes and rode along the bay front towards the Presidio. The views were breathtaking. I ended up in Golden Gate Park at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge where I had a cup of hot chocolate at the "Warming Hut" at Crissy Field and watched the sun set over the city. As I rode back towards Fisherman's Warf I saw the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the perfect end to a clear day in San Francisco.