City by the Bay

Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2013

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

A trip to California is not complete without a trip to San Francisco, the City by the Bay.  We stayed outside the city in a town called Petaluma and were able to drive down to a ferry out of Larkspur.  A beautiful 30 minute ferry ride got us into the Port of San Francisco.  There is a lot to do in this city and you need lots of cash to do it!! 
Our first day in we bought our bicycles and rode down The Embarcadero along the waterfront.  We checked out Pier 39 and saw the famous sea lions that hang out there, and then made our way to Pier 45 to tour the S.S Jeremiah O'Brien (one of only two remaining WWII Liberty ships that are still seaworthy) and the U.S.S Pampanito (a submarine that saw active duty in the Pacific during WWII).  After a yummy dinner down in the fisherman's wharf district, we made our way home again. 
Our second jaunt into the city included a trip to Alcatraz Island with a ferry ride to the infamous prison.  Once a Civil War Fort, then a military prison, Alcatraz became a penitientary in 1930.  Home to the bad boys until 1965, although the island also was home to a lighthouse and to home of the officers and wardens (and their families) of the prison.  The island is actually quite beautiful and offers a spectacular view of San Francisco. We also got a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the harbour to Sausilito.  The little known Bay Bridge is also an impressive bridge that links Oakland to the city.
The last day of our visit we opted to get out of the city and check out Point Reyes National Seashore.  Following the San Andreas fault, Point Reyes has wildlife and incredible ocean scenery away from the crowds of the city.

San Francisco has so much more to offer, but alas, our wallet dictated that we get out!!  This city warrants a closer look in the future and we hope that we, along with you, can get there soon!
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