Friday, April 24, 2015

The San Francisco Adventure

We started our San Francisco adventure on Tuesday 4/21/15…
Janice and Dave, Ed and I left at 9 am and headed into San Francisco, found a parking garage and walked to Pier 39. Here we walked through and around the pier clicking pictures.
After watching the many sea lions lounging around we grabbed some lunch, chawda in a bread bowl at a little "Chowda Place" there on the pier. It was pretty good, they served it in a bread bowl. Janice, Ed and I had the chowder and Dave had fried clams. Seems he took a liking to them while in Maine.

Afterwards we did a little shopping, well we did a little looking… lol  We walked a little ways along the water finding the Original Fisherman’s Wharf
Here we found a map to look at and find the trolley… We were going to take it to Chinatown but decided to wait until our next trip.
*  Fisherman's Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. 
*San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is proudly unique among the scenic waterfront attractions of the world.  The Fisherman’s Wharf of today rests on land created from the rubble of buildings destroyed in the earthquake and fire of 1906.  What could not be destroyed was the love of the sea, generations of fishing skills, and traditions expressed in good things to eat and drink.

*Many of the well-known sights of today were developed only in the last few decades.  The original Meigg’s Wharf was once the main port of entry to San Francisco and an extremely industrious place.  Lumber, food, and immigrants all arrived here, and railroads came right to the water’s edge to pick up building supplies for the rapidly growing city.  Hardworking fishermen, both Chinese and Italian (who were often accompanied by their wives), set out to make a living by catching fish and crab in small vessels at the wharf.

​It is the heritage of these early fishermen, which contributes to today’s color blending of the old and the new at Fisherman’s Wharf – the center of an ocean-oriented industry beloved by native San Franciscans and visitors alike.  Today, as in the past, it is the fishing fleet that gives Fisherman’s Wharf its authenticity and activity.

Next trip will be next week because we had to buy our Alkatraz Tickets a week ahead because they were sold out this week…

So until next time, Happy Trails and Safe Travels!

* taken straight from the web site

The Cannery Row Adventure

Thursday 4/23/15
Our day started out early… Janice and Dave Evans, Ed and myself  picked up Liz and Shorty Guptill in Gilroy and we headed to Salinas for fuel for the cars and ouselves. We had a great breakfast at the historic First Awakenings restaurant. Once we were all fueled up it was back on the road to Hwy 1 to the Historic Cannery Row.
 *John Steinbeck's Cannery Row spotlights the legendary lane during its industrial heyday, but the street's true story begins long before canneries lined the former Ocean View Avenue. From Native American, Asian and European settlement, through the boom and bust of the whaling and sardine industries, to structural and economic despair followed by restoration and re-development, the tale of Cannery Row (renamed by Monterey officials 13 years after the release of Steinbeck's novel), continues to fascinate guests. Here, past and present influence the architecture, cuisine and attractions as Cannery Row continues to celebrate the unshakable spirit on which it was founded. Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California. It is the site of a number of now-defunct sardine canning factories. The last cannery closed in 1973.

After Cannery Row we continued our adventure along the 17 Mile Rd where we drove the breath taking sights of Big Sur. There is a fee of $10.00 to do this drive along the 17 mile Rd.

*Jagged cliffs pummeled by surf line the Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur, creating some of California's most memorable ocean vistas between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County. Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller found inspiration in its fog-banked canyons and meadows. Gray whales migrate past twice a year, and elephant seals bask on the sandy shores. Luxury hotels, restaurants and art galleries cluster in a six-mile strip, giving way to redwood-filled state parks on either side.
We saw some of the oldest Monterey Cypress trees in the country. So awesome…
Here on the coast we saw the famous Lone Cypress which is over 250 years old.
and there was a Ghost Tree too…

 We ended our Big Sur tour at the Historic Bixby Creek Bridge

*Bixby Creek Bridge, also known as Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. The bridge is located 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1

It was starting to get late so we headed back home stopping for dinner at a small little Italian place in Monterey, which was totally over priced. Although we didn’t make it to Pfeiffer Beach, it was a GREAT day…

Until next time, Happy Trails and Safe Travels…

NOTE * taken straight from the web site...