A New Chapter...for awhile travel blog

A foggy day in The City by the Bay

A decent view from the De Young Museum tower

A string of houses called The Painted Ladies

Heading downhill on the California Street cable car

A quick view of a street in Chinatown from the cable car

Our ride at the end of the line

The obligatory Fisherman's Wharf picture

The fortune cookie factory. Never was on my bucket list, but now...

Francis Ford Coppola's restaurant and office building, with the Transamerica tower in...

Alcatraz...as if you couldn't figure that out.

Our San Francisco trek started early as we were up by 7:30 for a 9:00ish bus ride into the big city. John, our tour guide, was awesome; he grew up in San Francisco and knew the city very well and did a great job regaling us with stories about the history, architecture and fun facts about the city. We stopped at numerous interesting spots, some of which we had done before and some new ones.

One that took us by surprise was a stop at the De Young Museum, an art museum in Golden Gate Park. Certainly not because of the art, but because it has a free observation tower on the 9th floor that almost no one knows about. If the weather was better it would have given us spectacular views of the city, but since today’s weather was on the foggy side, it was a less-than-great photo opportunity but something to keep in mind for our next trip...if the weather is better.

We also did 2 stops at the Golden Gate Bridge, road the cable car down through the Financial District on California Street, ate 2 lunches at Fisherman’s Wharf – fish and chips and then sourdough bread and clam chowder – and did a quick stop in Chinatown to get some fortune cookies...it was a full day and then some. We got back to the house about 7:15 after 10 hours of sights, stories and food so it was a good day and money well-spent.

We said our goodbyes to Benny and Marie – they were a great help when we bought our coach in Michigan in 2013 and they were great tour guides in Maine and here in Petaluma – then made reservations for the weekend in Shingletown CA for our next adventure at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Since we have finished the ballparks, our next bucket list seems to be doing as many National Parks as we can and I can assure you this will be tougher than the ballpark quest. There are currently 59 National Parks, not including monuments, historical parks, etc. so we have our work cut out for us. And since 2 are in Hawaii, 8 in Alaska and 1 in American Samoa, I’m not optimistic about our ability to successfully complete this task. But you never know.

After a pretty easy drive day, we are perched in Shingletown for the next 3 nights. Saturday will be our day to go into Lassen and we’ll see how much of it we can see in a day. Then...

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