'I Left my Heart in San Francisco'

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Remember who sang it? 
Actually I was only in San Francisco one day (Monday), but it was a great day. The Petaluma KOA offers day trips into SF (40 miles away).  We were two couples from Pennsylvania, one from Quebec and myself.  Our guide, John, was born and raised in the Haight Ashbury region and knew every nook and cranny of the city.  We came in from the north, of course, and made our first stop in Sausalito, which remains a delightful, bohemian small town.  We had our first look at the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito from an unusual angle; tourist buses stop elsewhere.  We then drove through SF.  I will just indicate the regions for those familiar with the city:  Presidio, Richmond, Golden Gate park, Haight Ashbury, Twin Peaks, Castro, along Market Street (the main thoroughfare of SF), then north along Van Ness Avenue, where we got off and took the cable car along California Street down to the financial district.  We continued in the tour bus to Fisherman's Wharf, where we had a two hour stop for lunch.  I had 'crab alfredo with fettuccini'  at the Franciscan Crab Restaurant right next to the water with a perfect view of Alcatraz (the penitentiary was closed in 1962 because of exorbitant costs; no one is known to ever have escaped, the currents are simply too strong).  After lunch I went for a walk on Pier 39.  The last time I was here was in 1981.  The group then went to Chinatown, where we were let free for half an hour.  We then worked our way through Russian Hill and Pacific Heights back to the Golden Gate Bridge.  The fog had lifted in the late morning, and it was a perfect day with full view of the city from all the hills we were on.  John was very generous with his time.  We were back in the campground at 7.30 pm (the announced return time was 6.30 pm).  
Jack in Euharle, GA, has recommended a drive down Hwy 1 to the Big Sur, and I decided to follow his advice.  Miss GPS broke down trying to calculate a scenic route from Petaluma to Santa Cruz.  You can only get there on the freeways circumventing Oakland.  There was plenty of traffic.  Some sections of the route were six-lane freeways - in both directions!  But eventually I made it to the Pacific and found my campground.  This morning I continued south to Santa Cruz.  Yesterday the display in my car said:  'Engine oil change soon'.  In Santa Cruz I quickly found an auto service shop that performed the change in half an hour.  I'm now at McDonald's and will soon go and take a close look at the town.
By the way, it was Tony Bennett who sang 'I Left my Heart in San Francisco'.       
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Marilyn Lee on

You're in our California land now, from the mountains to the vineyards to the sea,
enjoy it all.

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