Sept 27, 2013
26.09.2013 - 13.10.2013
Woke up again very early. We made it out the door by 8 am. The Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate park had free admission between 9-10 am. It is regularly $7 per, and honestly, it is a gorgeous garden, but after 35 min, we were thru and ready to go. The price is a little high...but if you can't go early for free, and you like Japanese gardening, then pay. But there are some great sights - the Moon Bridge was really cool - and you could climb it, but you need to be nimble! The landscaping was gorgeous.
After that we decided to explore the park a little more, being harassed by amazingly cute squirrels (no food! Oh no!). Wandering up to the high point on Strawberry Hill and seeing some amazing views, tho some of the better ones were blocked by trees.
We then made our way down to the ferry market building where we had a little time to look around. There was a large open air market we hope to return to, with local artisans selling everything from jewelry, ceramics, photography, paintings. I had the most delicious banana cream pie tart at the ferry building...drool.
Then we had to head down towards Pier 39 and Fishermans Wharf to take our tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito. But first...to be passed by by one crammed F train, only to sardine ourselves onto the next one. I was literally squeezed against the door, but after two stops, it cleared out mostly. If we had've realized that it was maybe a 15-20 min walk at the most, we would have hoofed it. So we saw, quickly, Pier 39, but were ravenous so had some lunch at Johnny Rockets...we last ate there, a few times, when we went to Washington. We found where the tour was leaving from, wandered around for 20 min...then off we went. We had a fun, four hour tour with Grey Lines.
First stop was out to the John Muir woods...amazing huge redwoods. We had about 75 min there and it was very peaceful. A nice easy walk...if we weren't busy tripping over our feet because we were craning our necks up to looks at the amazing trees. After the woods, we had an hour to spend in Sausalito...really not much time to see anything...wandered down the Main Street, admired to San Francisco skyline. Had an ice cream. Back on the bus for the photo op of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. Got some great shots there...really is an iconic sight. I thought it was a good value for what we got, and if you don't have a car, you may want to look into a day tour.
After we were dropped off we decided to go to Lombard St to see the 'crooked' part. It was quite a hike up the hill...such a steep angle. We spent a few minutes taking pictures and watching cars come down...after the climb up the hill, we were too winded to go to the top of the steps. On the way down, we were noticing all the drivers side door dings on the cars parked along the road, as they park side by side...there is no way you couldn't let your car door go flying open when you got out...I would hate to park a new car there! You would have to bubble wrap it.
Back down the hill and we watched as they brought the cable cars over and turned them around on the wooden circle platforms...all by hand. We had to wait thru two cars...there was such a long line. We ended up standing inside when car number three came...we were near the end of the line and of course the outside and inside seats filled first...we could have hung on outside but I thought I was too tired for that and we didn't want to wait for the next car. So overall that was a little disappointing...couldn't see anything, but I guess I can say we were on one.
After a quick meal at a mall food court...which was actually really good....a chicken cheese steak sub...it was the long slog back to the room to prepare for the next day.