Saturday, February 2, 2013

Big City Adventure- San Francisco! Day 6

A few years ago, I downloaded a "hidden objects" game that required you to find objects in a list that were strategically placed in the screen shot showing at the time on your computer.  One game that I particularly enjoyed is called Big City Adventure San Francisco.  They also have Australia, New York, and a couple of others.  I played the game so much that I knew where just about EVERYTHING was and decided that one day I was going to visit all of the places that were featured in the game.  My blog today will be pictures of those places!  We finally made it here....:-).

Of course we had breakfast before starting our day.  We were both tired, but determined to get on with it.  Scootard was tired and still half sleep from all of the driving....poor thing..



We got done and drove over to the train station where we purchased a one day pass of some sort and also paid for the stall where we left the car for the day.  We were told that the Sheriff's department was in charge of the parking in that lot and that you had to call in the number of the stall when we purchased the ticket.  I mean when you purchased the ticket, you had to punch in the number of your stall.  They come around and check it later...



It was really a small building with kiosk in them that we went to for the tickets.  No people there to service you.



it reminded me of Europe.....



And when we got there to the kiosk, I thought our stall had one number and Scootard was sure it was another!  Not good...ha.  Soooo, he made the trek back to the car stall to get the right number and made the trek back to the station....


you see that lonnnnngggggg yellow strip?  See the little blue dot to the right of that on what looks like a little house with a roof?  Well, THAT'S where we were SUPPOSED TO BE!  The train was coming and we were on the wrong side of the tracks!  We had to make a run for it....haha.  OMG! Not the high light of our day, trust me.



This is me AFTER the marathon run.....trying to catch my breath!  I shouldn't have eaten all those Vanilla waffers.....:-(.



the train had two levels.  There was also a compartment for bikes which was down stairs.


But guess who wanted to go UPSTAIRS??  ........do you see the size of that space.??  I needed a jar of lard to get through there!  But I made it......



We finally got settled and started our travelogue.  I think Scootard missed a snap shot he wanted to take....ha



this is me with my "wind" back.....hhahaha.  I will live afterall!  haha


This hillside said "San Francisco Industrial Park".  I was trying to catch it before it got past me.....


this is the Brisbane Lagoon......


Scootard taking in new and wonderful scenes....:-).



Our trip took about an hour by train and when we finally got there, we were ready to see whatever we could in one day. this is the train station..



And this is where we were let off at.  It's very busy down there and a lot of stuff to see.


But first, since there aren't any bathrooms on the train, we ran into this coffee shop right across the street and decided to make use of it....


Then we had to walk a block or so and go into the Walgreens drug store to by a 3 day pass with something called a "clipper" on it.  This kind gentleman's name was "Jonnie"...  He explained everything to us about how the different passes worked, what they cost and even the transfer and where to catch different buses.  He is holding one of our "Muni" passes to pose for the pic....:-).  Thanks for all of your help, Jonnie!



I bought this before we left the store since we were getting ready to do some walking....


This is a "duck".  They have these in Seattle and they are amphibious vehicles that drive on dry land and can drive right into the water and float just like a boat....:-).  Very cool.  We rode one in Seattle before.


We used our Muni Passes and rode the bus for several blocks until we arrived at what seemed to be the most expensive zip code to shop in. You take your card and lay it against the scanner and ...bingo...your good to go!...:-)



I guess every major city has its scavengers.....:-).



Do you remember this name; "Hearst"?  Patti Hearst, born in 1954 was the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst.  She served a prison sentence of two years for joining the Symbionese Liberation Army and was granted a pardon by President Bill Clinton as his last official act in office.  If you Google her name, you can read the whole history of her crime.  When being booked into jail she listed herself as an "urban guerrilla.
 


and here is some information about her grandfather.....


Here is a look down the street at


This "Lotta" was a fountain and also a place where people gathered during the great San Francisco fire.




We started coming upon some of the "bigger" name brand stores where people with "bigger" money shop....:-).



See what I mean.....:-)



You can't see it, but the sign on the building says Neiman Marcus...



Even the dogs were "bigger"!.....hahaha


and directly across the street was one of the stops in our game called Union Square.  We sat there for a while and made some friends before setting out on foot.  Scootard is excited about going up those stairs....I was still traumatized from squeezing up the stairs on that train!



After making it up the stairs, I decided I needed to take a few shots of the area.  So, here the are.....



It puts you in the mind of Central Park or some other place where people sit around on their breaks from work to soak up the sun or read a book...


And this is a picture of the inscription that was on monument in the center of Union Square...



Scootard has some mini wheats in his pocket and decided to share some with our new friends....:-)


who is that lovely couple???......:-)  They seem to be having the time of their lives...haha



Another place we wanted to visit was the cable cars.  This is one of them and we had to go to Powell street to be able to actually ride one.......YAY!!  We were on our way.....:-).




TADA!!

at the far end of the street was the "turn table" that they use to turn the cable cars around so that they can head back in the other direction...


You wouldn't think this thing would be able to make a turn since it's in the middle of the turn table, right?


Well, they unlock this thingee on the ground and they turn it...by hand!  Can you believe that??


                                 

This is used cable that once pulled a car.  They use this now for a barrier to keep people from walking out into the track path and getting hurt.  We waited on the far side of it waiting for our car to come and take us to the Fisherman Wharf's area of town....


and while we waited, this guy was playing a tune on the harmonic.  He got aggravated with me because I took his picture and didn't put money in his jar....So, Scootard did.

 

I looked across the street and saw a building named after us!  whoo hooo!!


and here comes our car.....:-).



the streets are soooo steep there that I don't know why anyone would want to walk on them.  If you look closely, you can see some of the different levels of the road going up the hill......



So, there we were riding cable cars for the first...well, for me it was a first, but not for Scootard....
(not to be confused with "trolleys", either).


because you are allowed to ride standing on the step outside of the main car, it was difficult for me to get the pictures I wanted.  I had a couple of folks standing right in front of me and they greatly obstructed my view....:-(.  But here are a few shots of some historical homes....


hey, I could do this for a month or two.....:-)



We were just about at the top of the hill.  In the back of these buildings is Alcatraz Island.  Last home of Chicago mobster, Alfonzo Capone.  It is no longer in use and is only used for tourism.



 and we are at the next destination.......All of the cars stopped here and were ready to go back in the opposite direction.



yeah, that's me alright.....:-)



Scootard is happy......:-).


We walked over to the beach and the view was quite striking......:-).  I love being near the water....:-)


Ghirardelli Square was directly across the street from us......:-).  Sounds like chocolate to me!



it was very nicely layed out and had flower boxes and all kinds of things to make it beautiful in view....:-).



here is one angle from just outside of the square.....


here is one from just inside the square....


as beautiful as it was, the temperature was starting to drop and I don't do well in the cold....:-(.  So, I was thrilled when I saw this!  yay....:-).  We sat here for a while and then decided to find somewhere to eat dinner.


Scootard came across this penny bender machine thingee and wanted to get a penny squished.  It cost 51cents to get a penny squished!  Talk about inflation.....!



we kept walking and hit about 4 art galleries along the way that were just fantastic.  One gallery told us that the artist had sold some of his paintings for as much as 16,000,000.  I politely replied; "oh, we won't be doing that today"....hahaha

 

then we came across our place to eat dinner.  It's in the far right hand side of the screen.  I was really trying to get a shot of the historic homes when we spotted the place...



Somebody is VERY happy to be having Sushi for dinner....:-).



this looks like a street shot, but it is actually the inside of the resturant.....


and here is dinner for the evening.....:-).  Spicy tuna and some other kinda of roll.  And I actually used chop stix!  I usually starve trying to use those things.  Then when I realized I was doing it right, I couldn't do it any more and asked for a fork...haha.


I don't know why we didn't notice this striped car when we went inside, but there it was when we came outside.... it's an MGA 


We walked over to where we needed to start our 2 hour ride back to the hotel and caught a glimpse of this church.  The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul....


the night scenes where quite pretty along the way.....



We first had to catch a surface car that would take us to the last hour of our trip


then we got back to the train station and the escalator was in repair, so we trekked in down the steps....


 we had an hour to go, so I plugged our "dohicky" into the jacks and we rode and listened to music that almost put Scootard to sleep....:-).


I was sleepy too, but somebody had to get up at the right stop! ha



We finally got back to the car at the train station where it had all began that morning.....:-).

See ya soon...!




5 comments:

Trobairitz said...

Wow, you two had a long day. San Francisco is an interesting city to visit. So many places to wander around. If you walked those hills up Powell, you'd feel them in the morning - ask me how I know.

I am glad you managed to get sunshine for your visit instead of fog. It is hit or miss with that city sometimes.

Patricia Carpenter said...

Trobairitz,

It was a very long day and a good one. I walked up one hill. Chris has long legs and me....not so much! So, he was just sashying along and I on the other hand had to hurry or loose momentum! haha. Kinda like stopping your scooter on a big hill, but in the middle of it...haha

Scootard said...

We had a fun busy day, and I was exhausted when we got back. I'm looking forward to more exploring with you baby! 2 country mice visit the big city mice.

bob skoot said...

Pat:

I recognize those places from previous trips. We nearly took the same path.

I noticed that MGA on your first shot of the Historic Homes. My friend had an MGA way back when. I had MGB's

It was a good day in the city for you and no rain, you were lucky

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hi Bob,

yes, I hear the weather here is often cloudy (or smoggy) I guess I should say. We had a good time. But I have not blogged for the past two days as we have both been sick and we had a death in our ministry which has caused us to have to double back and head back to Oklahoma for a memorial service for the mother of one of our ministers. I have other pictures that I will have to upload later.