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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Today we took the trolley again but this time we went to Fishermans Wharf. We walked around there a bit and then headed over to the San Francisco Maritime National Park. It is the only floating National Park. We walked around on a few of the boats, took in beatiful views and Julia go another Jr Ranger Badge.
We hopped a trolley back to the hotel to get the car so we could go over to the Golden Gate National Park. We didnt find the visitor center for the Ranger badge quickly but we did find the SF Science Center in the park so we spent a few hours there. Planetarium, Aquarium and History Museum so it was fun.
The Science Center closed so we thought we better take the time to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. Took a quick drive to the vista on the other side and then noticed Sausalito was just around the corner so we drove through there as well. No parking so we decided to to head back and eat at the hotel. Well, ended up coming back by way of Chinatown and were lucky enough to find a parking spot! Next to impossible. Had a great dinner at New Woey Loy Goey - you can see on the right side of the pic. Not really new - been there since 1934 said the sign. Then a few computer games at the hotel and bed. It was a great day. Julia and I both agreed the highlight of today was walking though the old sailing cargo ship from late 1800.
Tomorrow is Alcatraz and then out to hotel near Six Flags Discovery.
Monday, June 21, 2010
So yesterday was a travel day. We left the boat, took a but to the airport, waited at the airport, took a plane to San Fran, took a train to the rental car station and then drove into town. Planes, trains, automobiles ............. Julia was a bit tired and slept until 10:30 this morning so needless to say we got a late start. Today we went to China town for lunch, DimSum, then rode the trolley down to the water and back towards the hotel. Got a glimpse of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge. We spent much of the day just wondering Chinatown and had a great time tasting tea at a couple tea stores. Belly up to the 'tea bar' and they will serve you tastes of all sorts of teas in hopes you will buy some. We did get some tea and a small tea set. The trolley ride was fun too. We went by Lombard - the most crooked street - and the hills on the trolley were a kick.
I will try and fill in one or two Alaska days along with our current day over the next week.
To start with our first day at sea. 24 hours of 18-20 foot swells. Gale force winds. Not the best way to start. Almost the entire ship was ill - including the folks that worked on the ship. They said it was some of the worst weather seen in a while. We walked by the pool in the morning but the pool was half empty because the water had sloshed out! Lets just say Julia and I were never going on another cruise! So - not much on this day. We were in the room in bed most of the day. Heres one of the only pics- I went to get a movie from the front desk around 3:oo (since they were so short staffed they couldnt deliver movies to the rooms) and was gone all of 5 minutes. By the time I got back, Julia was sound asleep and slept for 2 hours. Yet we were both still able to go back to bed at 9:00 that night!