Thursday, October 01, 2015

SANFRANTASTIC 2

I detailed the first two days of our trip in yesterday's post, and I'm back today with the rest!  I had heard that Alcatraz was a must do experience, so I managed to late-book a tour that combined it with a trip to Angel Island as well.  We figured if we didn't feel like doing Angel Island, we could always just head back to the San Fran.  However, after hearing rave reviews, we did both and were quite pleased.

We walked to the pier from our hotel, and even that was scenic and inspiring.  There is so much hustle and bustle, and the novelty was intoxicating.

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Alcatraz was fascinating and had its own sort of beauty.

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We did the Audio Tour, which helped fill in the history and paint a picture of life in the prison.  Now I want to watch The Rock just to see something staged there.  Our trip to Angel Island turned out to be wonderful.  The vistas are stunning, and our tour included a tram ride around the perimeter.  Normally I am not a fan of being ushered along in a large group, but it was so relaxing and beautiful that I forgave it for being a group tour.

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(John even snuck in a nap on Angel Island!)

Next stop: Ghiradelli Square.  So tasty.

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To round out our last full day, we met up with Mary and Kristin for dinner and to see the Dodgers play the Giants at AT&T Park.

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Sadly, the Dodgers lost that night.  However, the next night they clenched the Division, so all is well even if we didn't get to witness it.  Tuesday morning we got breakfast in a famous sourdough bread bowl.  I will gladly eat Clam Chowder for breakfast.

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For our last experience, we wanted to ride on a Cable Car.  However, where the tickets were located had a really long line.  After we got our tickets, we realized the line was so long that we probably wouldn't have time.  Dejectedly we walked away.  I was trying not to be disappointed, but I wasn't doing a very good job.

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Then we realized that you could just hop on them whenever they stopped.  Hurrah!  Lesson learned: we are smarter than the line.  John said that is not what I should take away from this experience.  (Insert gritted face emoji here.)

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And just like that, we wrapped our trip.  Our travel was smooth, which is a blessing we don't take for granted.  All in all - it was a Sanfrantastic trip!  I love it when something lives up to the hype, and the entire Bay area totally does.

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