San Francisco July 31, 2014

Map from LA to San Francisco

Map from LA to San Francisco


I was so excited to see San Francisco, its one of those places I’ve always heard was amazing.  I reserved us a cool renovated hotel downtown so we’d be right near the action and we could explore the city a little.  In the end Cole and I weren’t mesmerized by it like I expected us to be.  We were only there for under 24 hours and we probably didn’t get to really see the great parts, but in our mind it will always be kind of tarnished.

When we arrived I was disappointed to discover that our hotel was not in fact in the middle of it all.  There was a fifty’s type restaurant next to us and a seedy looking bar across the street.  Since we wanted beer we picked the seedy place.  It ended up being ok place but nothing special.  The next day we had plans of exploring Pier 39 and going on an Alcatraz tour.  To my surprise all of the tour tickets were sold out so we did the next best thing, the Bay Area cruise.  Through some calculating and discussion with the front desk we determined it was cheaper to leave our car at the hotel (where we had already paid $40 for a night of parking) and ride the bus to the pier since parking is also very expensive there.

You know how you see in movies where the bus driver is really mean?  Well I’m pretty sure they based that character stereo type after our bus driver.   We are waiting in line to board the bus and there is a woman in a wheel chair yelling at the bus driver that he needs to pull closer to the curb because she needs to use the lift.  During the time the bus driver is not acknowledging her at all. There was a sign that said handicap people board first so I’m hesitant to go in front of her but she was yelling that she couldn’t get on so I went ahead.  Cole gets on first and then it is my turn.  I politely tell the bus driver that I think that woman down there is trying to get his attention.  He whips his head around and barks at me that I need to pay my fair, mind my own business and he would mind his and then he barked that I needed to get behind the line.  I was floored!  I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I was seriously close to tears lol.  I moved behind the line and shut my mouth.  After everyone boarded the bus driver told the woman that there wasn’t any room and she’d just have to wait for the next bus!  I felt so bad since we boarded before her!  I mean she was no angel because she was acting kinda nutty but still!  We ended up getting off the bus two stops earlier than we needed to because we were so uncomfortable…we took a cab back to the hotel later lol.

The bay was very pretty although a little hazy.  The tour was neat because there was a narrator on the whole time telling about the sights and Alcatraz.  If we ever go back (doubtful) I definitely want to tour Alcatraz, it is so interesting.

Bay Bridge

Bay Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

We couldn't even see the top for the fog and haziness.

We couldn’t even see the top for the fog and haziness.

Taken while going under the bridge.

Taken while going under the bridge.

The US flag with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

The US flag with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Sign posted at Alcatraz

Sign posted at Alcatraz

A lot of sail boats out that day.

A lot of sail boats out that day.

"Welcome Home" written on a building to welcome the troops home during WWII.

“Welcome Home” written on a building to welcome the troops home during WWII.

After we finally retrieved our car we headed to Roseville to see the Warringtons!

3 thoughts on “San Francisco July 31, 2014

  1. Laurie Yarbrough says:

    We went to San Francisco this summer and experienced the rudeness of the bus drivers. The people who worked the cable cars were much nicer.

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