S: San Francisco 2012
1: What happens when you put a bunch of characters together? | You have a great ol' time...
2: The Taco Shop at Underdogs was the first stop of the day. After a long flight & even longer time waiting for the van we were ready to get this trip started.. After some awesome burritos and even better drinks we were ready, it was time to hit the pier and get this party started, gangnam style :)
3: Look, it's Taylor Lautner!
4: Pier 39
6: The sea lions that camped out in PIER 39's West Marina have been an international sensation for more than 20 years. A few California sea lions began "hauling out" in PIER 39's West Marina shortly after the 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake. At first they numbered from 10-50, but due to a plentiful herring supply, the available dock space and protective environment, the population soon grew to more than 300 in a couple months. For the past two decades, The Marine Mammal Center, an organization devoted to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, as well as to the study of these animals' health, advised PIER 39 that the sea lions should be allowed to stay. In November 2009, a record number of sea lions were counted on K-Dock (1,701 to be exact)! Researchers at The Marine Mammal Center attributed their departure to a shift in food source, which caused the population to travel to other regions in their normal range including the Oregon Coast to feed. Slowly the sea lions migrated back to PIER 39 to the delight of locals and tourists who gather from all over the world to watch the playful behavior of the California sea lions.
7: Home of the San Francisco Giants. It is located in the South Beach neighborhood & has been open since 2000. During our stay the Giants were playing the St. Louis Cardinals for a spot in the world series.
8: At the Wax Museum
9: Fisherman's Wharf
10: On Sunday, 6 of us had booked a full day whale watching trip. We weren't even on the boat yet when things started to get “interesting.” There was a marathon that morning, and the path took the runners right in front of the marina where we needed to check in for our whale watch. Luck would have it that they were coming through at the exact time that we had to cross over. After waiting patiently for 20 minutes, hoping for a break in between the runners, we finally had to just get brave. One by one, we “froggered” our way across the path, through the sea of marathon runners. We had a good laugh once we were across on the other side, and thankfully, we made to check-in with 5 minutes to spare.
11: After the whole frogger incident we finally made it to the marina to check in and head out to the Farallon Islands! The islands are located 27 miles off the coast and a prime location to see whale and sharks feed year round. It took us two hours to get there, spent four hours chasing whales and another two hours to get back. Needless to say the waves were not friendly; the water was choppy, it was cold and cloudy. I think it's safe to say that although it was a pretty cool experience, it's not something we would want to do again. Just ask my peeps that got sick :(
14: Farallon Islands!
15: Top 1: A cargo ship coming in from Japan. Top 2: View of the GG bridge Top 3: Elisha, trying to survive Middle: View of the boat Bottom 1: Giant jellyfish Bottom 2: Carlos and Tony Bottom 3: Another view of the GG Bridge
16: One of our favorite cities | We will never forget. | Making Memories. | Lombard | Street | October | San Francisco | 2012 | Christina & Marcelo
17: LIFE IS A JOURNEY | Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest (most winding) street in the world.
18: The Chinatown in SF is the oldest Chinatown in North America and one of biggest Chinese communities outside Asia. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. In addition to being a starting point and home for thousands of Chinese immigrants, it is also a major tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. | Chinatown, San Francisco
19: The natural BEAUTY of San Francisco was stunning.
20: Wine with a view.
21: For over a century, five generations of the Kunde Family have farmed their 1,850 acre-estate in the heart of Sonoma Valley—a truly remarkable legacy in the modern age of California winemaking. Our tour started off with a short 10/15 minute drive to the top of the mountain. Once we were up there Len explained the process of what it takes to make the wine and we got to sample 5 different types of wine. I think it's safe to say that none of us were big wine drinkers but the view definitely made up for it.
22: Kunde Estate Winery in Sonoma, CA
27: After our morning in Sonoma we found a spot we could pull over and get some great pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.
28: Alcatraz opened up on Aug. 11, 1934. During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held some of the worst hoodlums America had ever known, such as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud, George Kelly, Bumpy Johnson & Rafael Cancel Miranda. It also provided housing for the Bureau of Prisons staff & their families. During its 29 yrs of operation, they claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped. A total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot & killed during their escape, two drowned, & five are listed as "missing & presumed drowned". Because the penitentiary cost much more to operate, the penitentiary closed on March 21, 1963. | Above: View of the city from the boat ------------------- Left: waiting for the ferry | BESTIES
29: ALCATRAZ | Top: Alcatraz Right: Watch tower Left: Officers apartments Bottom 1: Alcatraz sign Bottom 2:The new lighthouse Bottom 3:The original lighthouse & water tank Bottom 4:The showers
30: Top right: the dining room Left: The church Right: The original floor where the military threw down grenades when the prison was overtaken by prisoners. | Right: Cell block B Below: Officer's Club. The families of the officers hung out here. They had movies, bowling, dances, game night & more.
31: Left: Operation room Below: The x-ray room | Left: The Library Below: The menu on the last day Alcatraz was open Below to the right: The book of rules & regulations
32: The famous cable cars of San Francisco | We had no clue that the cable car was manually turned to get it going in the other direction.
34: The Civic Center | The Haight-Ashbury district is noted for its role as a center of the 1960s hippie movement. The earlier Bohemians of the beat movement had congregated around San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood from the late 1950s. Many who could not find accommodation there turned to the quaint, relatively cheap and underpopulated Haight-Ashbury. | HAIGHT ASHBURY DISTRICT
35: Alamo Square Park & Painted ladies | A row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner Street, known as the "Painted Ladies", are often shown in the foreground of panoramic pictures of the city's downtown area. A number of movies, television shows and commercials have been filmed in or around Alamo Square. The opening sequence of the American sitcom Full House (1987-1995) features a romp in Alamo Square Park with the famous row of Victorians in the background. There are many architecturally significant mansions on the perimeter of the park, including the Archbishop's Mansion, the residences of the Russian and German Imperial consuls in the early 1900s, and the mansions on the block diagonally across from the Painted Ladies.
36: "The more you laugh the longer you live"
37: Twin Peaks
39: Top left: Downtown Top right: Castro Dist. Left: Church Right top: building built with burned bricks from the fire. Right bottom: Presidio
40: Time to go home... It was a short trip filled with fun, laughter & great memories.
41: Views of | San Francisco