Showing posts with label Pier One San Francisco. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pier One San Francisco. Show all posts

Friday, October 11, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: San Francisco, Day 3, Ferry Ride # 2, Cable Car Ride # 1

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

May 12, 2013.  Our last day in San Francisco.  We hoped that today would go a bit smoother as we had some experience with the ferry, the tolls, the buses, the maps.  I did have a short hit, err, bucket list, including Lombard Street.  Man had on his bucket list China Town, and of course, to ride a cable car.

On the way to the ferry I check out flowers, people, scenery, and yes, even the drainage systems, I know, I am weird, but, I find this minutia of daily life in places I have never been to be quite interesting.  "No Dumping, Drains to Bay".

We headed back to the Larkspur Terminal, paid for our tickets, chatted with people in line, all aboard, San Fran, here we come - - AGAIN!

San Quentin State Prison.  Did you know, the prison was "Opened in July 1852, it is the oldest prison in the state".  Man said he saw the prisoners in the yard exercising turn and wave to the ferry as it went by.  I missed that photo op.

Clear here, sea mist/FOG there - - - almost looks like a wall, doesn't it?

Sony Too finds the bridge, with a bit of zoom.  That sea mist/fog stuff is rolling around out there.

Part of Alcatraz Island, they have tours, we were not able to work one into our short stay in the San Francisco area.

Landing at Pier One we find that the vendors have gone home and the crowds with them, quite the difference from yesterday.

Out on the street, a reminder that all is not wonderful in the lives of many, shaving on the street, breakfast of chips and some orange drink.  Many of the homeless must sleep in late on Sunday as we saw several, some being kicked awake by store keepers who wanted to open shop, the homeless were sleeping in the doorways.

Yes, Man, you are about to ride the cable cars!

Riding, up, down, soon China Town.

China Town, and lunch time, next - -


Sunday, October 6, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: San Francisco, Pier One, Ferry Ride, Crowds, Vendors

Copyright 2013, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

May 11, 2013.  Our second day to experience San Francisco.

Today we will take a ferry to San Francisco.  The ferries are quite popular and we just happen to be camped so close to the ferry that we can walk to the Larkspur Terminal.  The walkway along 101 was a bit concerning, even tho there is a large concrete barrier.  Man and I are not used to walking that close (just a foot or so) to a major freeway.  Bikers use the bridge as well. From the bridge I spied these gals practicing their rowing.

Yep, that is what we need, the Golden Gate Ferry.

First we need to figure out the ticket buying device. Ya, we figured it out.

It was a bit cool and blustery on today's ride cross the bay, so, I took a few photos from inside the ferry thru the water splashed windows, of course I was looking to get some shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.  And, just like yesterday, it is enveloped in sea mist/fog.  I took several photos, that rolling sea mist covered different sections of the bridge and towers in each photo.

San Fran, here we come!  Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill.  Sadly, we did not get any closer to this landmark.

Pier One, welcome to San Francisco!

It was Saturday, it was busy, there were many tents set up outside, vendors everywhere.  We did not stop/shop.

Inside Pier One, more people, lots of tourists, lots of locals.  Very crowded.  Everyone was polite, even when in long lines.

Great display of fruit.

Man had oysters on the half shell at least twice while we were in Pier One.  Two each time.  In less than 1.5 hours!  Really!  He was happy as a clam.  OOOO, did I say that??  (Read the link!)

Tasty Salted Pig Parts?  Really??

When pigs fly maybe - -

We eventually purchased a Muni passport ticket.  It was a good deal for the cable cars, which are $6.00 a pop, err, ride, err, each time you step on one.  In hindsight, we should have just paid for a tour and had someone haul us around and shown us the sights.  We actually have done this in the past and I am not sure how we got messed up in San Francisco and did not follow our own advice to others, "get a tour".  We managed to figure out the bus routes, sorta.  I felt very frustrated by the experience and was heard to mumble more than once, "no more big towns, I am so over big towns."  Man enjoyed the challenge, I, not so much.  That said in hind sight, again, we did manage to see some great stuff.

So, we caught a few buses of various sizes and types, electric and other wise.  I'll show you more - - soon.