Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Old San Francisco

At long last, here are some of the pictures from our SF trip. Blogger is pretty lousy when it comes to being picture friendly, so they're not organized according to chronological order. My apologies.
Cable Cars
Although they're kind of a cheesy tourist attraction, the cable cars are cute and fun. We rode them end to end and loved every minute. We also really liked to motorized trolleys. San Francisco has collected vintage trolley cars from all over the world; we rode on cars from San Diego, Madrid and Philadelphia.

This picture was taken from inside the street car museum. Each of the 4 cars has an individual cable that runs the entire length of the route (and back). All four cables converge here at the museum. It's really neat. Alcatraz :The Rock
Another major tourist attraction but a “must see” for those of you that haven’t been.

It must have been so damp, cold and lonely in those cells. Some of the prisioners were kept at Alcatraz for over 30 years. I'd have made a break for it too.

Chris couldn't completely escape from work but it was a minimal commitment.

Alert!! The prisoners are escaping!!

I really liked this picture of the Golden Gate Bridge until I saw that big smudge on the right hand side that is apparently a bird. I'm definitely going to have to learn photoshop.
We decided that we probably walked about ten miles from the Financial District, along the waterfront past Fisherman's Warf and across the Golden Gate Bridge. It's 1.7 miles across the bridge, one way. That said, I'm not quite sure why I'm so happy here since it was cold, windy and we're about on Mile 8. We also got brutally sunburned (and you can see in subsequent pictures!)

We contemplated jumping but then we called the crisis hotline and they convinced us that we could, indeed, make it back the 1.7 miles across the bridge and that we shouldn’t take the easy way out. Ok, yes, we have a really sick sense of humor and that probably wasn’t very funny. We did actually feel a little guilty taking the picture too but obviously not guilty enough to not take it.

No smudged birds in this one! Maybe if I take enough photos (quantity not quality) I won't ever have to learn photoshop.

Chinatown.As you can see, these photos were taken the day after our ten mile cross-city trek (as evidenced by the red faces, especially my nose). I'm going to spare you the details of the current state of my sunburn but we'll just say that it really isn't pretty.

So, the last time we were in Chinatown was for spring break of our senior year (it was part of a crew trip). We were eating at a restaurant and heard what sounded like a huge parade. There was a marching band and elaborate costumes. We rushed outside cheering only to realize that it was a funeral. Oops. So, this time we reserved our hollering until we determined that it was not a funeral but a protest march against the Chinese government. Yup, I'd take a protest march any day over a funeral.Chris had read an article about an awesome restaurant in Chinatown but despite attempts at locating it on his blackberry, we couldn't find the restaurant. We settled for Pho instead which is always groovy with me. These pictures were taken at about Mile 7 on our trek. I really wanted to go into the sciene museum but I was too tired to even voice that opinion at that point. We settled for watching the ducks, sea gulls and turtles. Too bad Bailey wasn't there; he'd had LOVED it.

There are certain things that parents instill in their children at a very young age. From my papa’s point of view, that included stopping to admire any interesting birds, automobiles, and, most importantly, boats (preferably wooden). So, and Chris can speak to this, I tend to take pictures to send to my dad to certify that I was indeed, stopping to take in the interesting sights. This behemoth resides in the Bay near the Golden Gate Bridge. I snapped the picture, sent it to my papa and got back the following response (ask and you shall receive):

“That's Balclutha. 121 years old.
Overall length 301 feet, Length of deck 256.5 feet, Beam 38.6 feet, Depth 22.7 feet, Gross tonnage 1689, Height of mainmast 145 feet.
Balclutha is a three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship built tocarry a variety of cargo all over the world. Launched in 1886 by the Charles Connell and Company shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland, the ship carried goods around Cape Horn (tip of SouthAmerica) 17 times. It took a crew of about 26 men to handle the ship at sea with hercomplex rigging and 25 sails. 26 guys??? Around the horn??? There are that many crew on some of theboats you saw racing out on the bay!”Here is our daily confession: Probably our favorite part of the 10-mile trek was watching the sea lions at Fisherman's Warf. They are hysterical. We must have stood at the rail for 30 minutes watching the young males battle it out for the best spot on the dock. If you think that 500 pounds of pure blubber can’t move, wait till you see these guys! Chris and I even practiced our sea lion barks. Ok, Chris didn’t practice. I was the only one that did the practicing. And I’m damn good at it too. :)
King of the HillIt wouldn't be San Francisco if we didn't see a segway tour. I thought this was a cool picture. The entire building was covered. It was a really pretty color too, not the ugly dark green of english ivy.
I'm not quite sure why I took this picture. Perhaps it was because I thought my friend POL would take a similar picture. It fits with his sense of humor. It's good for a little chuckle, right!?! And yes, it's probably slightly obscene.

I can't remember the name of this building but it was evacuated on 9/11.

So, that was our trip in a nutshell. It's nice to be home though. Bailey hasn't left our side ever since we walked in the door. He's definitely not down with being left at home while we have exciting adventures.