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Oct 17, 2019 - Half Moon Bay

The Pacific Day 43 Wick has gone to Los Angeles for three days on business and Val has decided she is going to take us out for the day. Once in the car Mark sets the satnav but we soon realise that Val has much quicker routes by back roads and turn it off. Travelling up into the San Francisco hills we pass a reservoir and wooded slopes. The road winds towards the coast passing about 10 pumpkin farms advertising tractor rides, hay bale mazes and a multitude of other activities beside pumpkins. They really take this Halloween malarkey...

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Oct 16, 2019 - The Embarcadero

Into the City Day 42 Today we are venturing into San Francisco by train. After a brisk mile walk to the station we board the Caltrain to the end of the line, realising we have purchased the wrong ticket (We have underpaid but no one checks our tickets). On our way into San Francisco we are shocked to see the very large tent city of homeless by the railway tracks, tucked amongst breakers yards and rubbish tips. We have been warned about the numbers of homeless but couldn't imagine how bad it was. The station is only four blocks from the...

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Oct 15, 2019 - Millbrae

Old Friends Day 40 Merced to Millbrae Today we are travelling to Millbrae, San Francisco to stay with old friends. They moved to live out here over thirty years ago and this is the first time Marcus and I have been out to see them (Mark came out in 2001). The journey is pretty uneventful as we spend most of it on interstate roads. We do pull off for coffee at a truck stop in the hills between Merced and the coast. This is an experience in itself. The coffee shack is a drive through with a window which starts almost at ground level. The...

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Sep 24, 2019 - San Francisco - Last Day

Last night, I took a chance to capture a picture of Oracle Park, at least the top part, during a night game between the SF Giants and the Colorado Rockies. The first picture shows the not too bad result. Tonight, Sandy and I will attend a game between the same two Major League Baseball teams. We decided to take a ferry over to Sausalito to see the quaint town. Prior to doing so, we spied a large amount of sea lions sunning themselves adjacent to Pier 39 at the Embarcadero. Not only having them in immediate proximity to humans surprised us,...

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Sep 23, 2019 - San Francisco - First full day

Beautiful weather today in San Francisco. Alas, we can't say the same for parts of the city. As we entered the city yesterday, we saw scads of homeless men and women. We kind of chalked that up to the section we drove through. Today's bus tour showed us that the number of so-called "street people" was even more than we initially thought. That's a bummer for these people, the city, and tourists. Somewhat to our surprise, there still were a great amount of tourists thronging almost every venue in the city. Consequently, we could not get to...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Sep 20-22 - Updates from Yosemite & today in San Francisco

While at Yosemite on the 20th and 21st, we had problems accessing the internet. Thus, no updates on those days. However, now that we are in San Francisco, CA, this update will have the stuff from Yosemite and a few early pictures from San Francisco. Yosemite National Park is awesome! The park encompasses some 1,200 square miles. The steepness of its hills and mountains is totally different from any that Sandy or I have seen in their East Coast cousins. There is a certain ruggedness to the terrain. It's almost as if the different geographic...

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Sep 5, 2019 - Amtrak

We had a great breakfast buffet at the hotel and then a very short taxi ride to Union Station to get the train. Getting to Amtrak was a breeze. Union Station in LA was only a short cab ride, and all the Amtrak employees were courteous, friendly, and helpful. Big change from the airline situation! As we had a "sleeper car" reservation, we got to go to the "first class" lounge and also a ride to the train in a large golf-cart sort of thing when it was time to get on. We found our bedroom on the train with no difficulty and, while it is not...

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Aug 24, 2019 - San Francisco - Exploring the city

We made the most of our last full day of the holiday, exploring the city. Kevin started the day by going to Park Run, alongside the Golden Gate Bridge, while the rest of us went back to Pier 39 to see the Sea Lions again. We then walked along to Ghirardelli Square. We then walked the short but steep route to Lombard Street. We then took the historic tram line up to Union Square and visited Yerba Beuna Gardens. After a short Potter around the shops we headed back down to Fisherman’s Wharf and did some tasting of Californian wines and popped...

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Aug 23, 2019 - San Francisco

Today we drove from Monterey to San Francisco, stopping off at a shopping outlet. After checking in to our hotel we walked to Fisherman’s Wharf - Pier 39 to see the Sea Lions. There were hundreds of them putting on a performance for the tourists! We saw Alcatraz and the bottom of the Golden Gate Bridge (mostly covered in fog) and ate fish and chips on the pier.

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Aug 5, 2019 - Day 24

Today is our final full day in San Francisco. We arranged to visit friends of ours for the day. We got up and set out to find breakfast. Surely in the middle of the financial district we should be able to find a quick breakfast. We wandered around for a while, and decided on Starbucks. We got a few different items, sat and watched the workers on the street while we ate, and headed back to the hotel to meet Dave and Willette Seibel. Cheryl met Willette when they started working on the East Brunswick Library Friends Book Sale many years ago....

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Aug 4, 2019 - Day 23

Today is our second day seeing San Francisco. We started out the day going to the hotel breakfast buffet. It was outstanding. All of the usual breads, rolls, cereals, etc., but also some unusual things. This was the first time I'd seen dim sum at a breakfast buffet. You also had the option of ordering made to order things like pancakes, waffles. French toast, and omelets. I started out with some dim sum choices, some bacon and sausage and coffee. Then I moved on to an omelet, finishing up with some pastries. The rest of the group also had...

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Aug 3, 2019 - Day 22

First day in San Francisco. What to do? Cheryl and I had been in SF a number of times. We really love the city. It's been a while, so pretty much anything would be OK. We met Stan and Carol at 10 AM, and went to breakfast. Stan suggested Sears (not the department store), a very popular restaurant near our hotel and just off Union Square. We had a short wait, but were soon seated in the downstairs section of the restaurant. The waiters were very busy, but the service was good. And the food was very good. I believe I had been at this...

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