Today we woke up at 7:30am to get ready. Then we went downstairs to Denny’s for some breakfast. I had 2 pancakes, toast, hash browns and bacon. We then went to Pier 41 to buy tickets for the ferry to Sausalito. While we waited for the ferry, I walked around Pier 39 and saw the sea lions again since the stores weren’t open yet. I also bought some postcards and sent them out.
We boarded the ferry at Pier 41, gate 1 about 10 minutes before we were set to leave. 22 minutes later we were in Sausalito, a little village on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. We walked around the town, saw some art, including art work by Dr. Seuss, and hit up some nice jewelry stores. Joan and I did some wine tasting. Joan did the first 3 of the sampler flight and I did the Just Desserts one. I bought two bottles of the first wine, a Moscato d’ Oro. It was sweet and perfect. The second was a Late Harvest Chardonnay and I found it too dry. The Petite Sirah was bitter and the Chocolate Port was nice at first, but quickly because to strong and bitter.
We got back to SF on the 1:30pm ferry and bought tickets for a motorized cable car tour of the city. It lasted 2 1/2 hours and we went all over the city. We saw Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and about every other part of the city. After that we had dinner at Hard Rock and I got fajitas and we split a plate of nachos.
Now we are back at the hotel and watching Wipe Out on TV.
Today I had to wake up at 4am. We got to JFK by 6am and the plane left at 8:30am. We had a great, smooth flight from JFK to SFO and landed in Cali at 11:35am. From the airport, we took a taxi with an awesome and fun taxi driver to our hotel. We were staying on Columbus Street at the Holiday Inn. When we got to the hotel, we checked in really quickly and they already had our room ready…and we were in the newer of the two buildings.
We then walked to Fisherman’s Wharf for some lunch at Taurantino’s (sp?). It was a great restaurant with a gorgeous view of the bay…I had a burger that was cooked too much and tasted like a charcoal rock. But the view was to die for and made up for the bad burger.
Then we walked down to Pier 33 to buy tickets to go to Alcatraz. On the way, we passed a living statue that Joan didn’t believe was really a human. We also went to the Aquarium. It really wasn’t all that great, but they had two amazing tunnels to walk through the fish which was awesome. I got to pet a tiger shark, the water was freezing and it felt like sand paper. Then we walked around Pier 39 and got some popcorn and watched the famous sea lions that just chill out there.
We attempted to get a cable car to go see Lombard Street (the crooked street) but the line was too long so we just went to Fisherman’s Pizzeria for some pizza for dinner. Then we headed back to the hotel, bought tickets to see the SF Giants play on our last night here and we are going to bed early since we are beat from a long day and still think its whatever time it is in NY right now…