Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Trip - Sunday

We decided to ditch the car and take the ferry from Sausalito to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. It was a very good choice. We left around 11am, and the fog was still so thick you couldn't see more than a few feet in front of the ferry. It was crazy - like a wall surrounding and dividing the city. Once you passed through it, it was sunny and clear without a cloud in the sky.

We walked up Fisherman's Wharf (total tourist area - feel free to avoid it) and found the cable car station at Powell and Hyde. The line was huge to get on the car, so Dan bought tickets and I stood in line to get on. What I didn't realize (although Dan did) was the cable cars stopped at every intersection. So rather than wait an hour in line to get on the car, we hurried to the next intersection up and caught the first car - total wait was about 3 minutes. Yeah Dan!!

We hopped off at Lombard Street, which is dubbed the crookedest street in America. It is a series of switchbacks that is pretty cool to see. Your best view is from the bottom though, so we walked all the way down. Not bad, as the flowers are beautiful. Of course, then you have to walk back UP - which is a little tougher. They aren't kidding about those San Francisco hills.

Back on the cable car and we headed to Chinatown for a dim sum lunch at the Gold Mountain. The food was good and plentiful, and we had a nice time wandering through the strange area. The shops alone are worth browsing through, although you won't know what anything is.

Part of the joy of a cable car is riding on the outside of it. So after wandering Chinatown we managed to catch a car that had 2 spots on the outside - yippee! It was definitely more enjoyable to ride that way. We hopped off at Kennedy's Irish Pub for a beer for Dan and a Pear Cider for me. I don't recall where we were, but I recommend you find that place and have a drink - very nice.

We walked back and caught the 6pm ferry back to Sausalito, picked up the car and drove to Marin County Headlands. It's an old Army fort that overlooks the Bay and the Pacific Ocean. (My earlier picture of the foggy bridge was taken there). The view was spectacular. It was getting foggier and the temperature was dropping, so we opted not to walk the bridge. We walked around the area and took lots of pictures.

We could see traffic into San Francisco was horrible, so we opted for dinner in Tiburon at a little sushi place. Afterwards I took another soak in the jacuzzi and, quite literally, passed out as soon as I hit the bed. Poor Dan probably thought I was dead.

When we woke up in the morning, not only was San Francisco gone - the entire world had disappeared. We couldn't see 3 feet beyond the balcony railing because of the fog. Stay tuned for Monday's adventures...

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