Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf & Lombard Street

Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
Trip End Apr 29, 2010

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It was a big day today in San Francisco with us getting up early to make the 10:30am boat to Alcatraz Island. We took a fairly leisurely stroll down to Pier 33 and got there with 45 minutes to spare.

The tour was fantastic with quite a few differences from when Tom and I last visited back in '92. These included going through the shower room and laundry and now having the heads in the beds of the escapees (Frank Morris & the Anglin Brothers) rather than just pictures. We all found the tour fascinating, but of course, the kids have got worked up again and can’t get to sleep!

After our planned 2 hours on Alcatraz turned into 4 hours, we headed down to Fishermans Wharf for lunch and some shopping. Of course the sports store was first, but the prices scared us off. We did find a Del Sol shop so Tom was happy to get a new WHITE t-shirt since I turned his a yucky shade of pink/grey when I had a washing mishap 2 weeks ago!

Madi is really the worst shopper in the world! I feel I have failed as a mother and woman! Not only does she hate it, she doesn’t like anything in any shop and we tried to buy her so many things! What am I to do?!? Brodie hates it too but gets the "I wants" if we get him into a shop, AND he has the worlds most expensive taste! It’s been very funny really.

The weather today was magnificent; I didn’t know San Fran could be so pleasant. Not even a breeze this morning and beautiful bright sunshine. Still, not exactly hot, but I do feel slightly sun-kissed tonight. It cooled of rather rapidly though as we stood in line for the cable car. We were wishing we had our coats. We only caught the cable car 3 or 4 stops to Lombard Street but we did avoid the steep walk that we made Granny do last time we were here. I was actually shocked when I saw it today because it was worse than I remember, poor Granny.

The kids were thrilled as Tom and I hung out of the cable car as is the done thing here. I would have loved for them to do it but we don’t think they allow it and they said they were cold.

Lombard Street was a big hit too and we will go back and drive down it tomorrow. We got back to our room to put on another layer of clothing and walked to Denny’s for tea. (Tom did suggest Hooters quite a few times, but we just ignored those suggestions!). This hotel is so convenient, we are very happy because as we walked past a few of the much more expensive ones tonight, we saw the prices of the car parking alone. Some were up to $45 a day. We are paying a lot less per room rate than they are and our parking is free.

Well it is now 10:45pm and I can hear snoring from my family. We are unsure as to our internet access in Yosemite so will add more when we can.
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woolfiestrip on

Oh, the shopping doesn't get any easier as they get older. Tell Maddie that Nicole would love whatever you are looking at, she might fall for that.
Enjoy Yosemite. If you decide to hire bikes remember that they rent them, not hire them!

Noelene on

Hi all,
Sounds like you are having a great time. Sorry for not answering yesterday, time just got away. Jean picked up the books yesterday. Lucy is still doing fine and enjoys the meat that our neighbour brings over.
Catch you later. Love mum and Dad.

Auntie Bab on

Hi Smith family,your mum let me read your blogs so am thinking there must be something wrong with my computer as none of your blogs are coming thru ! Glad you are enjoying yourselves,it will be us in 4 weeks time,can't wait.Have fun,auntie Bab x

Jean on

Hi Everybody,
It looks like you aren't getting any coverage from Yosemite, I bet Brodie and Madison are enjoying the wide open spaces, have you heard or seen any bears? Don't fret Janene about Madison not liking shopping, there is nothing you can do about her genes, you know how I just LOVE TO SHOP! I am looking forward to going to Ala Moana shopping centre as I can't see any here, but it will be the same over there I bet. Auntie Bab and I got bitten last week with some kind of insect and when I came home from work on Wednesday night after I read your blogs, I was going to bed at 2:45am when I noticed that my bite on my arm was very swollen and red and that there was two red stipes travelling under my arm, so I went to the hospital and didn't get home until 5:00am. The doctor gave me cortosone cream, antihistamine tablets, and a tetenus injection, they took my blood pressure and it was 200 over 100! Anyway I'm feeling better now and it looks like it is settling down again. Well that's all the news for now, have a great time and I will speak to you again on your birthday Tom. Love, Mum. xxx

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