Friday, August 28, 2009

San Francisco

We are having a great time in San Francisco. We arrived Wednesday night after a long drive from Crater Lake National Park. We are staying with Asa's friend from college, Lisa and her boyfriend Svilen in San Rafael. They cooked us a wonderful dinner on our arrival and then we went for a nice walk around their town.

Yesterday we spent the day in the city. We drove across the Golden Gate Bridge and paid the $6.00 toll, only cringing a little. We went to Haight-Ashbury for a little walk and a cup of coffee. It was just about 11:00 and things were just beginning to open, good thing we slept in a bit. After that we drove along parts of the 49 Mile Scenic Drive and got to Twin Peaks where we had a great view of the whole city. It was here that we were able to see a tiny bit of fog creeping away from the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn't remember it being there when we were on the bridge.

We had a really delicious lunch at Herbivore in The Mission. Then we went to a used bookstore for some paperback bargains. We each found a cheap book to keep us busy.

Next we went over to Lombard Street. It was one of the places that everyone said we should see. It was very busy with cars and pedestrians (some of them actually walking on the narrow street to snap photos of their cars coming down) but we ended up driving down ourselves. The EST pulled through beautifully, though I made Asa stay in the car so no photo!

From here we parked and walked down to the Fisherman's Wharf. We saw the shops and the street performers. We saw just about everyone eating clam chowder bread bowls. It was a very fun atmosphere and very full of people enjoying the sunshine. The sea lions were sun bathing too!

After all of this time walking and sightseeing we headed back over the bridge to see Asa's friend Amber for dinner. They hadn't seen one another in many years and it was a really nice evening of sushi and reconnecting. It was a very full day, and I think we may have fallen in love with San Francisco a little bit.

Today we will be touring the East Bay and then staying with a high school friend of Asa's in Los Gatos. The sun is already shining so I am expecting it to be another wonderful day.

Here's the link for the rest of the photos, which we may add to as we take more today and tomorrow.

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