Since Russ is getting ready to deploy, he got to take some leave time and we drove down to Sacramento to visit with his family. While we were there we also hopped on over to San Francisco for a day because I hadn't been there before.
It looked like this for nearly 10 hours of our drive through Washington and Oregon:
I took these pictures on the way home through the Mt. Shasta area. It was too rainy and yucky on our way down and it was beautiful on the way home (except when we got to Washington and it was completely icky for the last three hours).
The first thing we did upon getting to San Francisco (besides paying a $4 toll...) was drive to Pier 39 where all the tourists hang out. There's restaurants, shopping, and ferries to catch and it was highly recommended by Russ' grandpa so we navigated the confusing, crazy streets of San Francisco (which nearly left me in tears because they terrified me so) and parked in a garage near the pier.
You can barely see the Golden Gate Bridge through the fog there in the back. It was very foggy and difficult to see the bridge.
This picture shows a little how the buildings are stacked on these crazy, hilled streets.
We took this little boat out to tour the bridge and head out around Alcatraz.
The Golden Gate Bridge in all it's foggy glory! It's a beautiful marvel but at the same time the bridge and being near it gave me the creeps. Between the tragedies surrounding the bridge and Alcatraz within sight, it really was eerie out on that water.
Next time I visit I'd love to tour Alcatraz. It was extremely creepy being near it and I can't imagine being stuck there. It would be absolutely miserable... which, I guess is the point right?
Look how the fog climbs the rock just to conceal the prison... so so weird.
When the cruise was over we had dinner at Chowder's on the pier and had some amazingly fresh clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and some delicious fish and chips.
After paying an exorbitant $32 (!!!!) for parking the Jeep for four hours, we headed to our hotel to relax.
I found Hotel Carlton last minute after the original hotel I wanted to book had a minimum of a 3 night stay! (WHAT?)
The rooms weren't standard hotel fare either... way different from a Holiday Inn. I loved the bathroom and thought it was decorated adorably with orange, teal and white. Cute, right?
I did have fun going somewhere new but the pain of navigating and finding a place to park (which the latter is usually my problem in Seattle though MUCH easier there), did disrupt my visit and my opinion of San Francisco. I would like to go back and hopefully get to stay for longer (we ultimately ended up only being there for about 24 hours due to our time constraints) and get to experience more.