Day 8: Alcatraz, wharf and the Giants

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Jul 08, 2009

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We  had purchaed our tickets off the internet for the early bird tour of Alcatraz.  We took the bus to pier 39 and then walked to pier 33 to await the ferry.  This tour was fantastic. The ride over was short and smooth.  This was our first overcast day and it seemed appropriate given our destination.

There is a little welcome talk and a video and then you get your headset and take a self-paced audio tour narrated by former guards and inmates, and including sound effects.  Eventually the sun came out but it was cold and windy.  Very interesting!

We wandered around a bit after the tour and met a man who told us about some of the birds.Pat got some good pics.

When we got back to the mainland we were looking for a burger/malt joint we had read about.  Someone told us it was across from the clock tower and advised us take a street car there, but we really could have walked.  We didn't find the burger place.  We went in an atrium food court and P/D had the good Chinese meal they never got in Chinatown (my mistake).  I went to Flamers and had a grilled salmon with avocado sandwich, yum!  Gave half to Pat and Danny.

Next we headed to the Embarcadero and did one more Monk shot!  We walked out a pier and watched some people fish.  Then we walked the wharf area.  Danny went back to the hotel and we stayed down and checked out the sealion colony.  Then we went back up to the hotel and packed.

We also had advance tickets to the Giants game at 7:15 pm.  Danny wanted to see ATT stadium and sit in the cove or whatever it's called.  Beautiful night for a baseball game, and we don't have an outdoor stadium in MN!  It was a fast and good game, Giants won and hit a homer so we got sprayed with water.  Pat had clam chowder in sourdough bread from Boudin but it was mostly bread.  The people at the stadium were super friendly (the workers), thanking everyone for coming, hope you enjoyed the game, etc. 

Actually, we found Californians overall to be very friendly and helpful.

We took the N train home.  I didn't do my usual amount of research for this trip, figuring it's in the USA, can't be too tough to figure out.  So, I didn't even realize SF had subways!  And the N train turns into one!  Although we take subways all over the place on our travels, I would not have chosen to take one in SF because of the earthquake possibility!  I know it's irrational, but I was glad when we got to the stop where we could switch to a bus.  Public transportation in SF was easy to figure out and got us everywhere we needed to go.
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