Day Twenty Two – Headed for the ‘Frisco Bay
21st September, 2012
Our United Airlines flight left Vegas airport and arrived in San Francisco at about 11am.
We took a taxi to our hotel, Holiday Inn at Fisherman’s Wharf and checked into our room. The hotel is a little more budget than the others we have stayed at, but it’s in a good location and was a bit cheaper too. After we checked in, we took a leisurely stroll down to Fisherman’s Wharf, making our way to Pier 39 where Bron had a hankering for some Crab. Naturally, there are a lot of seafood options in this part of the world and we decided upon The Crab House which apparently has the tastiest crustaceans known to man. We nutcrackered our way through a delicious garlic crab and walked out of the restaurant sideways.
We wandered through the boutique shops that line the pier and create a kind of market atmosphere. There was a heap of buskers vying for the attention of the passing crowd and some of them are pretty talented. There was a guy ripping up his Korg keyboard who was fun to watch. Once we reached the horse carousel, we made our way back and continued walking along the waterfront until we found the fat assed seals lazing on their designated floating pontoons.
We don’t know why, but we could both stand and watch these fat, lazy creatures all day. Something about them is just very funny. It’s like watching Jabba The Hutt slobber his way down a water slide and instantly fall asleep at the bottom. The seals here are much larger than the ones in San Diego. Bron got an ice cream waffle cone and we continued walking towards Ghirardelli Square taking in the nice views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
We then walked up what we thought was a pretty steep hill. Turns out that this hill was The longest, steepest mountain in North America! Bron took to walking backwards as she found this easier. Didn’t help much though…
When we got to the top, we took a left and were standing at the top of Lombard Street, which is known as the crookedest stretch of road since Bourbon Street. Ha! There were a lot of people taking photos and the view looking down towards the bay was nice, particularly on this sunny, blue day. We walked down the crooked street and took some photos from the bottom and watched as the cars maneuvered their way through the bends.
We continued walking down some steep hills and ended up back at our hotel. Bron browsed through some brochures and pamphlets to plan our next few days while Paul had a grandpa nap. At about 6:30pm, we walked back down to Pier 39 and had dinner at Players Arcade Sports Grill. This sports bar was showing the San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres. There were a lot of Giants fans watching the game and the bar man kept ringing a bell every time they scored a run. Paul also got reunited with his favourite, Anchor Steam beer and had a good catch up. After dinner, we played a few of the arcade games. Bron had a go at the Hoops basketball machine and Paul tried the NFL version which was fun. We walked back to the hotel at 10:00pm ready to get our bikes on tomorrow.