We happily arrived back at our hotel (safely!), and then went off for a bit of shopping
. Nicci needed some denims, as we have heard that it is so chilly on the Alcatraz tour which we were booked on later in the evening. The shops are nice on Market street, so we found what we were looking for (ha ha .. and some things we were not looking for!), and brought our stuff back to the hotel before getting on the tram down to Fisherman’s Wharf. We had about two hours to wander around before boarding our ferry at 6. We chose the night tour as there are a few extras that you don’t get in the day, like a tour around the hospital, and some lectures. It was my second visit to the Rock, but it was just as enjoyable as the first time. You are given a wonderful audio tour spoken by some of the guards and prisoners. Nicci loved it, and has said that she doesn’t think SF is as revolting as she first thought, and hopefully Sunday will also improve her opinion a bit more!!! I must admit, there are a lot of homeless people on the street. In Fisherman’s Wharf there are people on the street with signs like “Why lie … I need money for drink / or hash / or pot or whatever. “ The mayor of SF is trying to get a bill through called “No sit/lie” which is very controversial, as they say it is the poor who will be targeted, but they certainly do bring the tone of the city down, with about five on every block sitting and begging. Some of them have poor little starving dogs. We feel sad for the dogs. Shame, it is not their fault that their owners are bums!!
Our feet were VERY tired by the time we got home at about 11 pm and we were happy to unlock the door to our “modest” room, which actually is a very nice room by any one’s standards!! We just laugh every time we say, let’s go back to our “modest” room.
Woke up leisurely, and decided that we had to find a Laundromat to wash our clothes. We had asked the night before, and someone said there was one about three blocks up. We got our clothes together and started our adventure. Unfortunately it was in the Tenderloin area, which is not quite San Fran's pride and joy area, and Nicci was horrified. Kept asking what it was that Ash and I loved about SF. I must admit the streets were yuck, with dog urine running down, and rubbish lying around. We found the launderette (not quite in the place we were told), and washed our clothes among the local "Tenderloin" people! It was quite an experience, I can tell you!! Later in the day, on our travels, we passed some very nice looking launderettes, but I suppose it served its purpose .. cleaned our clothes, and gave Nicci a good experience that she can talk about for years, or even hold over my head for bribery!!!!