May 16, 2007
May 29, 2007
It is 'just' a bridge, though, so there's only so much sight to see. So it was off to the Wharf. Erik was able to stick his hand and foot in the bay, which is technically Pacific Ocean water. That was neat, since he'd never been all the way to the coast before. We got to get a little chocolate at the famous Ghirardelli store. The night finished up with a nice dinner (we met up with Kristin as well). To get back to the hotel, we decided to try our luck with the famous San Francisco trolleys. To fit the theme, they were very slow in arriving and departing, then stopped every block. Then a cable car in front of us got off its cable and had to be towed away. So while the trolleys were neat, they were slow as well. We called it a night a little early.
Only about a half day at the conference for Erik, so we did a little sight seeing, which turned into quite an adventure. We had hoped to go see Alcatraz, but found out you had to buy tickets in advance. So the closest we were going to get to the famed island prison was from the mainland. So we settled on going out to see the Golden Gate Bridge. Erik, Christiane, and I set out by bus for the famed bridge. It was another cold, windy day... and Erik, as the damned dumbest smart kid you've ever seen, didn't wear his sweatshirt so he was cold all day. We waited about 20 minutes for our first bus to come. Thanks to a snafu in the directions, we got off that bus earlier. Very early. Over a mile early. After a chilly walk to the next bus stop, we waited another 25 minutes for the next bus. At this point, we are loving public transportation. We finally did arrive at the bridge, which was cool. We liked the cloud cover that draped the bridge as well as the view from the bridge back toward the city