June 2, 2012

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Yesterday was a catch-up day to do the things we needed to do personally.

Today was reserved for an
excursion into San Francisco.  Traveling
south on U.S. Highway 101 out of Marin County we entered San Francisco via the
Golden Gate Bridge.  All of the pictures
we have seen of the bridge do not do it justice; it is a magnificent structure
and an engineering marvel.  Our first
stop in the city was at the Cable Car turnaround for a ride up the hill, it was
definitely a unique experience; riding a partially open car with passengers
hanging onto the sides and the sound of the bell being rung at every
corner.  Next we walked around Union
Square and took in a local art show.  We
then proceeded to walk a few blocks to “Chinatown”, and continued to walk for
quite a while taking in the unusual sights and sounds of this unique
neighborhood.  Lunch was at a small
restaurant in Chinatown where the menu was similar to those back home, but the
atmosphere and the people were definitely not like home.  After lunch we strolled through some more of
Chinatown before heading back down the hill. 
We were about to board another cable car when the system shut down,
there was a mechanical problem with the cable system and the cars could not
operate; we had the choice to wait for an indefinite period or start to walk down
the hill.  We chose to walk; thankfully
it was mostly downhill and we were able to take in the sights of the city while
we walked.  Fisherman’s Warf was our next
stop; here we walked through the streets that make up the Fisherman’s Warf area
walking in and out of stores and art galleries, and enjoying some ice cream at
a local shop.  By this time we were both
tired and our feet hurt from so much walking so we went back to the truck to
continue our excursion driving.  Our next
stop was to drive up Telegraph Hill to the “Coit Tower” it was a winding road
to the top, not your typical city street, as this hill was steeper than any
other, unfortunately there was no available parking at the top so we were
unable to get out and visit the tower. 
We then decided to drive through the city for a while before heading
back to the campground, and what little we saw of the city was enjoyable, the
buildings were all well maintained or were in the process of being
renovated.  To add to the character of
the city there were people everywhere, walking, bike riding, using public
transportation, or driving like we were; the city was alive, and I can see the
attraction for living in this city.  Approaching
the Golden Gate Bridge we saw that it was covered in fog that was rolling in
off the Pacific, but as we drove over the bridge the fog cleared and on the
Marin County side it was perfectly clear but windy.  We stopped to take some pictures of the
bridge and then we headed back to the camper and dinner.  It has been a very enjoyable day.

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Clare on

i remember Fisherman's Wharf, Telegraph hHill and China Town, Maurice and I went there when we were in California many years ago. We also enjoyed the trip up the coast and Yosemite. The pictures and your blog bring back nice memories of that trip.

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