Touring, Boating, & Walking SF (Day 2)

It’s funny that vacations usually mean that you’re going to relax and do very little, but in our case, we typically go and do as much as we can!  I rarely have a vacation where I actually catch up on rest and do little.  Anyway, now that that bit of Hobie Trivia has been revealed, let’s get to the insane amount of pictures I have for this day – and it’s no joke – I took 500+ pictures for JUST that day.

28 Aug SF Photo MapAs this handy Google Maps image shows, we were all over the place on Aug 28!

Getting the Day Started

View in our roomView in our room
View in our room28-Aug-2015 08:56, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 125
The elevator lobby of the 19th floorThe elevator lobby of the 19th floor
The elevator lobby of the 19th floor28-Aug-2015 08:59, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 400
Outside the Sir Francis Drake hotelOutside the Sir Francis Drake hotel
Outside the Sir Francis Drake hotel28-Aug-2015 09:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 09:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 140
Our first breakfast at Sears Fine Food - great breakfast!Our first breakfast at Sears Fine Food - great breakfast!
Our first breakfast at Sears Fine Food - great breakfast!28-Aug-2015 09:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
28-Aug-2015 09:47, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 720
 
Chance to win stuff after the mealChance to win stuff after the meal
Chance to win stuff after the meal28-Aug-2015 09:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.4 sec, ISO 800
28-Aug-2015 09:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
Very good food and worth the waitVery good food and worth the wait
Very good food and worth the wait28-Aug-2015 09:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
 
Inside the Lobby BarInside the Lobby Bar
Inside the Lobby Bar28-Aug-2015 10:14, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 400
Big ol' Beefeater statueBig ol' Beefeater statue
Big ol' Beefeater statue28-Aug-2015 10:14, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 640
28-Aug-2015 10:14, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 500
 

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is very centrally located in the city and as such has a lot of great amenities nearby – most importantly was a good place for breakfast.  The Sears Fine Food restaurant right across the street was fan-fuckin-tastic for great food at a good price.  We even got to play a token in their slot machine to see about winning prizes – spoiler alert: no prizes were won this day or the next!

The theme for the day was Super Tourist.  I had wanted to do one of those Big Bus tours during our last trip but that didn’t happen, so this visit it was going to happen.  We talked to our hotel’s concierge and he upsold us on the 2-day pass which was just fine with us.  With the City Sightseeing Tour pass, there were 3 tours to partake in, so this day we took 2 of the 3, saving the third for tomorrow.

The Downtown Loop Tour Begins

Union Square during the dayUnion Square during the day
Union Square during the day28-Aug-2015 10:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Prime seating location on our first City Bus tourPrime seating location on our first City Bus tour
Prime seating location on our first City Bus tour28-Aug-2015 10:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 10:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

We joined the tour right nearby in Union Square – so convenient!  It takes you immediately through the Tenderloin area of SF and then into the City Civic Center area.

City Hall

SF City Hall -remember it from A View to a KillSF City Hall -remember it from A View to a Kill
SF City Hall -remember it from A View to a Kill28-Aug-2015 10:43, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:43, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 10:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:46, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:46, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Our charming first tour guideOur charming first tour guide
Our charming first tour guide28-Aug-2015 10:46, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 34.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:47, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:47, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 10:47, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Apparently it was refurbished to now completely sit on rollers so in the case of the next big earthquake, City Hall should survive quite well.  I think both Larry & I were stoked to just see another element from A View To A Kill.

Meandering Towards Fisherman’s Wharf

Legendary strip club, the O'Farrell TheaterLegendary strip club, the O'Farrell Theater
Legendary strip club, the O'Farrell Theater28-Aug-2015 10:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Although it looks like an aquarium outsideAlthough it looks like an aquarium outside
Although it looks like an aquarium outside28-Aug-2015 10:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:50, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Brick exterior that is remnants of the 1906 disasterBrick exterior that is remnants of the 1906 disaster
Brick exterior that is remnants of the 1906 disaster28-Aug-2015 10:53, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:56, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 10:56, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Back at Union SquareBack at Union Square
Back at Union Square28-Aug-2015 10:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 11:00, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 11:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 
The Dragon Gate of ChinatownThe Dragon Gate of Chinatown
The Dragon Gate of Chinatown28-Aug-2015 11:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Looks like Parisian cafe diningLooks like Parisian cafe dining
Looks like Parisian cafe dining28-Aug-2015 11:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 11:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 
Dragon GateDragon Gate
Dragon Gate28-Aug-2015 11:04, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 11:04, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 11:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

You wind through Chinatown on the way towards Fisherman’s Wharf, which is where we actually got off this bus, as we then jumped to the Purple Line of the tour.  The Purple Line drives you over the Golden Gate Bridge and then explores the areas near the Presidio.  Very cool – and as you’ll see below, very photogenic!

Change to the Purple Line – Heading to the Golden Gate Bridge

The area around our hotel the last visitThe area around our hotel the last visit
The area around our hotel the last visit28-Aug-2015 11:42, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
The Argonaut Hotel hosted us 3 years agoThe Argonaut Hotel hosted us 3 years ago
The Argonaut Hotel hosted us 3 years ago28-Aug-2015 12:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:09, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Trolley stationTrolley station
Trolley station28-Aug-2015 12:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Golden Gate in the distanceGolden Gate in the distance
Golden Gate in the distance28-Aug-2015 12:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:16, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Gotta love Linoleum Larry'sGotta love Linoleum Larry's
Gotta love Linoleum Larry's28-Aug-2015 12:19, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:19, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Drive-by of the Palace of Fine ArtsDrive-by of the Palace of Fine Arts
Drive-by of the Palace of Fine Arts28-Aug-2015 12:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Approaching the Bridge

There’s quite a long highway approach to the Golden Gate Bridge so I feel like putting those pictures separate from actually crossing the bridge.  So here goes!

28-Aug-2015 12:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Very modern tunnels awaitVery modern tunnels await
Very modern tunnels await28-Aug-2015 12:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Tunnel!Tunnel!
Tunnel!28-Aug-2015 12:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
28-Aug-2015 12:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Getting closerGetting closer
Getting closer28-Aug-2015 12:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Ah, there's the good stuffAh, there's the good stuff
Ah, there's the good stuff28-Aug-2015 12:27, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
The Golden Gate Bridge is always stunningThe Golden Gate Bridge is always stunning
The Golden Gate Bridge is always stunning28-Aug-2015 12:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Looking for a Zorin ZeppelinLooking for a Zorin Zeppelin
Looking for a Zorin Zeppelin28-Aug-2015 12:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge

I have to admit at this point that crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the top deck of a double-decker tourist bus, plus being on the slightly-raised last row of seats, may have been one of the most terrifying periods of my life.  I fucking hate heights and to feel like San Andreas could come true at any moment while up there, or hell, Superman or Terminator: Genisys, even, just made me almost nauseous.  My hand was gripped so hard on the seat handle in front of me.  I did take pictures throughout, but it took all my courage to turn to the right or left and look out over the bay and take pictures.  Seriously.

Here's where my heart started to raceHere's where my heart started to race
Here's where my heart started to race28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
And when my hand clamped solidly on the handle in front of meAnd when my hand clamped solidly on the handle in front of me
And when my hand clamped solidly on the handle in front of me28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Too fucking high up on the bus while super high up on a bridgeToo fucking high up on the bus while super high up on a bridge
Too fucking high up on the bus while super high up on a bridge28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
And the back row was slightly more elevated - so even more intenseAnd the back row was slightly more elevated - so even more intense
And the back row was slightly more elevated - so even more intense28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Beautiful coastlineBeautiful coastline
Beautiful coastline28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:36, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Looking back towards SFLooking back towards SF
Looking back towards SF28-Aug-2015 12:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

The Super-Scenic Vista Point on the Sausalito Side

Our bus stopped for about 15 minutes to let us take some pictures at this oh-so-scenic vista of the Golden Gate Bridge and of San Francisco.  It was a stellar day weather-wise too, so basically the pictures are awesome.

28-Aug-2015 12:39, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Safe on the other sideSafe on the other side
Safe on the other side28-Aug-2015 12:39, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:39, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Our bus slowed so we could get some great direct shotsOur bus slowed so we could get some great direct shots
Our bus slowed so we could get some great direct shots28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.6, 20.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Look at that arcLook at that arc
Look at that arc28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 48.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 34.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Vista Point and SFVista Point and SF
Vista Point and SF28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 12:40, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 12:41, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 29.2mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Alcatraz in the hazy distanceAlcatraz in the hazy distance
Alcatraz in the hazy distance28-Aug-2015 12:43, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.4, 135.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 

Back Across the Bridge

It was not easier to go back across the bridge, for me.  Now we were just closer to the Pacific Side of oblivion.  I’m a giant baby, obviously.

28-Aug-2015 13:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Our bus couldn't go up that road - but it is where another iconic shot can be foundOur bus couldn't go up that road - but it is where another iconic shot can be found
Our bus couldn't go up that road - but it is where another iconic shot can be found28-Aug-2015 13:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Heading back across - I needed a Xanax for thisHeading back across - I needed a Xanax for this
Heading back across - I needed a Xanax for this28-Aug-2015 13:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
The end of View to a Kill is awesome - yet oh so insanely frightening for meThe end of View to a Kill is awesome - yet oh so insanely frightening for me
The end of View to a Kill is awesome - yet oh so insanely frightening for me28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Looking out towards the PacificLooking out towards the Pacific
Looking out towards the Pacific28-Aug-2015 13:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Into the Presidio

I imagine you could spend a nice afternoon walking around the Presidio – we didn’t have that kind of time though.  I was glad we could see it though as I’d never actually been through there before.  It’s a gorgeous preservation of a military base, although it’s purpose is not that anymore.  In fact, some of the officer housing is now some of the most highly-sought after places to live due to the ridiculous view.

28-Aug-2015 13:04, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Remaining bunkersRemaining bunkers
Remaining bunkers28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
Entering the PresidioEntering the Presidio
Entering the Presidio28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:05, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
 
Pilot's Row - one of the more exclusive places to live in SFPilot's Row - one of the more exclusive places to live in SF
Pilot's Row - one of the more exclusive places to live in SF28-Aug-2015 13:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:06, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Decrepit mansion in the PresidioDecrepit mansion in the Presidio
Decrepit mansion in the Presidio28-Aug-2015 13:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Decrepit mansion in the PresidioDecrepit mansion in the Presidio
Decrepit mansion in the Presidio28-Aug-2015 13:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:07, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

It’s also home to the only cemetery in San Francisco, at least according to the tour guide.  It’s a National Cemetery, and very beautiful.  The main grounds of the Presidio are simply stunning too, and extremely well-maintained.

The Palace of Fine Arts

After leaving the Presidio, the bus was headed back to the starting point at Fisherman’s Wharf, but we had other ideas.  The bus seemed to have other ideas too, as it seemingly broke down.  We decided to get off there – perfect timing! – and walk a few blocks through ritzy SF neighborhoods to the out-of-this-world Palace of Fine Arts.  You’ve likely seen this in pictures before as it demands you photograph it at all times, but it really is such a strange piece of architecture.   It was originally constructed for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915 along with a whole set of other Greco-Roman constructions – but only this was saved when it came time to wrap up the Expo.  I mean, I get it, but can you imagine 9 more buildings like this all along the SF waterfront?  It would be so jaw-dropping.  Anyway, marvel at the pics below – it really is like out of another world.

28-Aug-2015 13:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Larry & I disembarked the bus and walked to the Palace of Fine ArtsLarry & I disembarked the bus and walked to the Palace of Fine Arts
Larry & I disembarked the bus and walked to the Palace of Fine Arts28-Aug-2015 13:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Many gorgeous pics ahead of this remnant of the PanAmerican ExpoMany gorgeous pics ahead of this remnant of the PanAmerican Expo
Many gorgeous pics ahead of this remnant of the PanAmerican Expo28-Aug-2015 13:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:30, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:31, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
There were 9 more facilities but only this one was preservedThere were 9 more facilities but only this one was preserved
There were 9 more facilities but only this one was preserved28-Aug-2015 13:32, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:32, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:32, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Obviously Greco-Roman in designObviously Greco-Roman in design
Obviously Greco-Roman in design28-Aug-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 13:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
It's also quite enormousIt's also quite enormous
It's also quite enormous28-Aug-2015 13:34, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 

Walking Back to Fisherman’s Wharf

We had the energy and the drive to leisurely stroll back to the Fisherman’s Wharf area.  The plan for our next activity was to take the Bridge-to-Bridge Red & White bay cruise – and we had plenty of time for walking back and grabbing some food before that.  So we walked back along the route we had bicycled back in 2012 in our ride across the Golden Gate Bridge back then.  It was a gorgeous day for doing this and just man, San Francisco on a sunny, mild day is just spectacular.

Walking along Marina Blvd back towards Fisherman's WharfWalking along Marina Blvd back towards Fisherman's Wharf
Walking along Marina Blvd back towards Fisherman's Wharf28-Aug-2015 13:56, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
I imagine these many homes are expensive as hellI imagine these many homes are expensive as hell
I imagine these many homes are expensive as hell28-Aug-2015 13:56, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 6.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
A St Bernard dog who looooved the grassA St Bernard dog who looooved the grass
A St Bernard dog who looooved the grass28-Aug-2015 14:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 14:02, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:04, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Happy puppyHappy puppy
Happy puppy28-Aug-2015 14:04, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 48.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Pacific Heights up therePacific Heights up there
Pacific Heights up there28-Aug-2015 14:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.6, 20.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 57.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 14:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:17, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 14:17, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 14:18, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
You can see the fog is making its way inYou can see the fog is making its way in
You can see the fog is making its way in28-Aug-2015 14:18, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Bay Cruise:   Sunny San Fran

We filled the time up before the cruise pretty effectively, first with the walk, then with a light snack at a pub, then killing time at the Musee Mecanique.  I still can’t believe how terrible I am at the Indiana Jones pinball machine.  WTF.  So the first part of the bay cruise we went on was to go towards and under the Golden Gate Bridge – but as we quickly noticed, by 4pm, the fog had rolled the hell into the bay and the Bridge was no longer visible.  That didn’t cancel the cruise but probably bummed some of the passengers out – but not me.  I couldn’t wait to snap some shots of the bridge emerging from the fog – and I am stoked at how cool some of these turned out.  But during the approach to the fog, it was pretty damn awesome to see the city of San Francisco in all its glory.

Heading into the MuseeHeading into the Musee
Heading into the Musee28-Aug-2015 15:22, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 15:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 15:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
Port 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sitsPort 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sits
Port 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sits28-Aug-2015 15:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Port 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sitsPort 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sits
Port 43.5 where the USS Pampanito sits28-Aug-2015 15:37, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 15:38, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
The Red & White fleet Bay CruiseThe Red & White fleet Bay Cruise
The Red & White fleet Bay Cruise28-Aug-2015 15:38, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 15:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
The fog had made its way past the Golden Gate by nowThe fog had made its way past the Golden Gate by now
The fog had made its way past the Golden Gate by now28-Aug-2015 15:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 29.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
Our souvenir photo - we liked it and bought itOur souvenir photo - we liked it and bought it
Our souvenir photo - we liked it and bought it28-Aug-2015 15:56
On our Bridge-to-Bridge shipOn our Bridge-to-Bridge ship
On our Bridge-to-Bridge ship28-Aug-2015 15:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
We were going to head into that!We were going to head into that!
We were going to head into that!28-Aug-2015 15:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 15:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Goodbye, AlcatrazGoodbye, Alcatraz
Goodbye, Alcatraz28-Aug-2015 15:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 15:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 

Bay Cruise:  Foggy Golden Gate

28-Aug-2015 16:13, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.6, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Palace of Fine Arts in the distancePalace of Fine Arts in the distance
Palace of Fine Arts in the distance28-Aug-2015 16:13, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.6, 20.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:16, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
FogFog
Fog28-Aug-2015 16:16, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
In the distance, we could see parasailersIn the distance, we could see parasailers
In the distance, we could see parasailers28-Aug-2015 16:17, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
One came very close byOne came very close by
One came very close by28-Aug-2015 16:17, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 16:17, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 14.9mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:18, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:18, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
The sun is a hazy glowThe sun is a hazy glow
The sun is a hazy glow28-Aug-2015 16:22, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Getting misty and you can just start to see the Golden Gate Bridge emergeGetting misty and you can just start to see the Golden Gate Bridge emerge
Getting misty and you can just start to see the Golden Gate Bridge emerge28-Aug-2015 16:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 16:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
I loved seeing this emergence - only 1 or 2 people stayed up above as it got coldI loved seeing this emergence - only 1 or 2 people stayed up above as it got cold
I loved seeing this emergence - only 1 or 2 people stayed up above as it got cold28-Aug-2015 16:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Eerily thereEerily there
Eerily there28-Aug-2015 16:24, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Bay Cruise:  Off to the Sunny Bay Bridge!

The fog seemed to stall out around Alcatraz, which was indeed engulfed in fog too at that time, but once you headed away from there and towards the Bay Bridge, the sun emerged as bright as ever.  My camera batteries were now close to drained and I kept fearing that I’d lose the ability to take pictures at the Bay Bridge, so I avoided taking many pics at all by Alcatraz since Larry & I documented that pretty well the last trip.  But man – the setting sun and the dramatic clouds in the sky made the pictures around the Bay Bridge pretty awesome.  It’s such a marvel of engineering – and I love seeing the new part of the bridge too, although we didn’t go under that as it’s on the Oakland side of Treasure Island.  Doesn’t mean you can’t see it quite clearly though!

Alcatraz in the fogAlcatraz in the fog
Alcatraz in the fog28-Aug-2015 16:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
My battery was dying so I skipped pics of Alcatraz as we went byMy battery was dying so I skipped pics of Alcatraz as we went by
My battery was dying so I skipped pics of Alcatraz as we went by28-Aug-2015 16:45, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
I wanted to go crazy taking pics of the Bay BridgeI wanted to go crazy taking pics of the Bay Bridge
I wanted to go crazy taking pics of the Bay Bridge28-Aug-2015 16:53, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
The fog was there to the left, but not all the way to the Bay BridgeThe fog was there to the left, but not all the way to the Bay Bridge
The fog was there to the left, but not all the way to the Bay Bridge28-Aug-2015 16:53, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:57, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 16:58, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:00, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.0, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Embarcadero areaEmbarcadero area
Embarcadero area28-Aug-2015 17:00, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
The Suspension Span of the Bay BridgeThe Suspension Span of the Bay Bridge
The Suspension Span of the Bay Bridge28-Aug-2015 17:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Lucas' inspiration for the AT-AT in Empire Strikes BackLucas' inspiration for the AT-AT in Empire Strikes Back
Lucas' inspiration for the AT-AT in Empire Strikes Back28-Aug-2015 17:01, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 34.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:03, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Bay Cruise: Returning to Port

Not much else was left to see during this cruise but it is pretty impressive to cruise by the Embarcadero and see a great view of downtown and the shore line.  I think the PwC building is down by the Embarcadero building but I only know that after-the-fact.

28-Aug-2015 17:09, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
An enormous bow and arrow sculpture in Rincon ParkAn enormous bow and arrow sculpture in Rincon Park
An enormous bow and arrow sculpture in Rincon Park28-Aug-2015 17:09, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 29.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:09, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.0, 5.4mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 34.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:10, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 34.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:11, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.8, 12.6mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:11, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:11, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 
28-Aug-2015 17:12, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:12, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.6, 20.9mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
28-Aug-2015 17:13, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 9.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

Strolling Back to the Hotel

By this point in the evening, the Hop-On/Hop-Off Sightseeing buses have stopped running, so for us, we had to figure out our own way back to the hotel.  We decided to walk it, as why not?  It was still a beautiful day, full of daylight, and Google Maps said it was about 1.5 miles back to the hotel.  Done.

Larry is Still Lost in SFLarry is Still Lost in SF
Larry is Still Lost in SF28-Aug-2015 17:32, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 180
28-Aug-2015 17:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 220
Off-center shot of Lombard StOff-center shot of Lombard St
Off-center shot of Lombard St28-Aug-2015 18:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 40.9mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
 
Unfocused LombardUnfocused Lombard
Unfocused Lombard28-Aug-2015 18:08, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 80.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
 

Dinner and Lounging

We ended up choosing an Italian restaurant a few blocks away from the hotel called Fino – it got good Yelp reviews and it was also where Michelle Obama and her children dined when they visited the city!  Good enough for them is good enough for us!  It did end up being really good food.  Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and enjoyed a nightcap at the Starlight Room, the Sir Francis Drake hotel’s lounge and nightclub up on their 21st floor.  They were very accommodating and we got a great table right by the window and enjoyed some great drinks and some fun music played by the DJ.  A wonderful way to close out this very long and enjoyable day.

Our room numberOur room number
Our room number28-Aug-2015 18:35, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.2, 7.6mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
Eating at the FinoEating at the Fino
Eating at the Fino28-Aug-2015 20:21, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 1 sec, ISO 800
28-Aug-2015 20:22, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.333 sec, ISO 800
 
28-Aug-2015 20:25, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 720
View from the Starlight Room lounge on the 21st floorView from the Starlight Room lounge on the 21st floor
View from the Starlight Room lounge on the 21st floor28-Aug-2015 21:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
28-Aug-2015 21:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
28-Aug-2015 21:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
Yay drinks!Yay drinks!
Yay drinks!28-Aug-2015 21:33, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
28-Aug-2015 22:41, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1100
 

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