Monday, June 23, 2014

San Francisco Day 2

Sunday started with breakfast in the hotel. The Marriott Courtyard has a small cafe with breakfast items for sale. The choices were limited but the food was pretty good. Our touring started with a cable car ride from The Fisherman's Wharf area to Union Square. The ride was quite a thrill as we got to stand on the side boards and hang on.

Cable Car Riders
From Union Square we walked to Chinatown and popped in and out of some of the shops there. We travelled the entire length of Chinatown and then debated whether to take a bus to the Coit Tower which was our next destination. 

Chinatown Gate
We skipped the bus and walked all the way up Telegraph Hill. Kyle's endless energy had him running uphill ahead of us while we took the occasional breather. Then he'd come back down and run ahead again when we'd start back up. At the Coit Tower we rode the elevator to the top and enjoyed a 360° view of San Francisco.

Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill
On leaving the tower we again decided to enjoy the city on foot and walked all the way down to The Embarcadero and Pier 39. At Pier 39 we did some more window shopping with a stop for a snack at a crêperie. We looked for the famous sea lions but there were none there (except one). A sign said they were all honeymooning in Mexico.

We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe on Pier 39, then returned to our hotel nearby. But we didn't stay in long. Shortly we headed out for another cable car ride to the section of Lombard street known as the crookedest street in the world. We got off at the top of the crooked street and walked to the bottom. From there we returned on foot to our hotel for the night. Tomorrow is mostly a travel day on the way to Yosemite.

Crookedest Street
By the way, all the sightseeing on foot has been great for my walking challenge. In the past two days I've logged over 29,000 steps.

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