Bay Area in Photographs ~ April 23, 2011

Pictures of Bay Bridge from AT&T Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, John Muir Beach overlook, Point Reyes National Seashore:

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco ~ 31 July 2010

After checking into The Wharf Inn, we wandered down to the wharf to walk around and find something to eat for dinner.

Bubba Gump’s had an hour and 20 minute wait for dinner so we checked out Neptunes and then wandered over to Sea Lion Cafe where we will NEVER eat again…ever. The service stunk and we were charged full price for a dinner that they couldn’t even produce! We ordered the sourdough bowl of Clam Chowder with Caesar Salad…sorry, we are out of sourdough bowls. So a small cup of chowder came with the salad…what probably should have been $8.95 (lunch price) was charge at $13.95! Took 37 minutes from the time we asked for our check to actually receiving it.

Only good thing about our dinner was watching the sea lions.

And the view of the sunset…

Tomorrow’s post…ROCKET BOAT! Oh yeah…the Giants & Dodgers game. 🙂

The Wharf Inn ~ San Francisco, CA

I decided to find a motel at the Wharf when we went to San Francisco last weekend for the Giants-Dodgers game.

Somehow I ended up with The Wharf Inn on Mason, between Jefferson and Beach…probably was the free parking (although I’m sure they added that into the cost of the room).

This is a great motel for anyone NOT wanting to drive around the town…you are right on the wharf, close to Pier 39. The F-Line Streetcar stops on the corner of Mason-Beach and near Jefferson-Mason. You can catch the Cable Cars a few blocks to the west…or any of the Muni Metros. We took the F to The Embarcadero Station and then caught the N that drops you right off in front of AT&T Park at 2nd & King.

Now…that being said…this is NOT a great motel if you want peace and quiet. As it’s right on the Wharf and next to a Muni line! LOL! It’s not too bad if you close your window and turn the ceiling fan on.

The staff is very friendly and helpful (the kid who checked us in and the cleaning crew are great!)…except for the guy on duty Saturday night when we called down around midnight to complain about some yahoo and his girlfriend fighting below us. He didn’t help much…as they kept on fighting for another hour.

We had a room on the third floor facing Beach Street…below are pictures taken from outside our door.

Other good things about the location…7-11, Subway Sandwich shop, a new Spuds diner is across the street on Mason. You can catch the Mr. Toad’s Tours and the Hop-On Hop-Off tour buses right on Mason. You can catch all of the Grey-Line Trolley Tours and the Blue & Gold Fleet Tours less than a block away.

Around the corner on Jefferson…you can have breakfast at Boudin’s Bakery! OMG!!! A loaf of bread, fruit, and some cheese. Yummy! Or you can get their classic breakfast of eggs, bacon, home potatos, and sourdough toast. (Or you can go across the street and get really bad service at the McDonalds…just plan on waiting a long time for your food.)

Over the next few days I’ll be posting more about what we did in San Francisco. 🙂

San Francisco ~ Part III ~ Dutch Windmill & Golden Gate Bridge

Ok…Part III of our weekend trip to San Francisco.

The following photographs were taken on Sunday…got up and parked at Ocean Beach on the west side of the Golden Gate Park so I can walk over to the Dutch Windmill (construction completed in 1902). The Murphy Windmill on the SW side of the park was dismantled for restoration. It was still foggy so the lighting isn’t the best.

The Dutch Windmill at Queen Wilhelmina’s Tulip Garden ~

Onto the Golden Gate Bridge…all taken from The Presidio along the coastal bluff and a few from the walk down to Torpedo Wharf.

Weekend in San Francisco ~ Part II ~ Flowers

I was going to have Part II be the Dutch Windmill at the NW corner of the Golden Gate Park, but decided all of us without a flowery Spring need to see some FLOWERS. 🙂

We did a lot of walking along the coast in the Presidio…I absolutely love all of the trails they had there. The weather was beautiful…slight fog/grey skies then the sun came out later that afternoon. Next trip to San Francisco…I’d like to spend it all in the Presidio!

First two are from a bed on the east side of the de Young Museum…the flower and the berry that followed.

This one from the Japanese Tea Garden….

The following were taken between Lincoln Park at the USS San Francisco Memorial to The Presidio along Lincoln Blvd, between Battery Godfrey (1895) and Battery Boutelle (1900).

The last photographs I took were from the walking trail down to the Torpedo Wharf (1908) from the Lincoln Blvd parking lot, on the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tomorrow I’ll have photographs of the Dutch Windmill and ooooooodles of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Weekend in San Francisco ~ Part I ~ Golden Gate Park

Got back from San Francisco last night around 7:30 pm…am sore and tired. We walked and walked and walked.

Arrived around noonish, checked into the Geary Parkway Motel on Geary between 12th & 11th. Nice clean room and the owners were nice enough, especially the wife. If we go back I’d ask for a top floor room so we wouldn’t have to listen to the circus animals that came in about 10:30 at night.

Walked over to 10th and then headed south to Golden Gate Park. I wanted to walk around the Japanese Tea Garden before our 3:30 pm enterence to King Tut at the de Young museum.

We walked around the Music Concourse before heading into the de Young.

The de Young Museum ~ Tutankhanmun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs.

Wasn’t allowed to take pictures so I pulled off three photos from the de Young’s site.

This dagger was absolutely beautiful…solid gold with inlays.

Death mask of Tuyu…the brown is thin linen that stuck to the mask. (her outer coffin was there too…very pretty!)

“The mask is made of several layers of coarse linen glued together and coated with plaster. The inside is bitumened, the exterior is gilt. The wig is long, lined, and with bands at the ends; it is secured round the top of the head by a broad fillet composed of a band of lotus petals with a lotus flower and two buds on the forehead.” –Percy E. Newberry, The Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou.

When discovered by Davis and Quibell, the face of this beautiful mummy mask was partly obscured by remnants of Tuyu’s discolored linen shroud, which had probably gotten stuck to the gilded features by the oils and liquid resins used by the ancient priests to anoint the mummy. (Sections of this blackened adhering shroud still can be seen at the top and and along the sides of the wig.) Now cleaned, the lovely face of the youthful-appearing Lady Tuyu, Chantress of Hathor, Leader of the Harem of Amen, smiles back at us across a gulf of thirty-five centuries from what must be considered an undisputed masterpiece of ancient Egyptian portrait art.

The Scarab Pectoral that was probably worn by King Tutankhamun ~

Ok…tomorrow will be the Dutch Windmill and around the Presidio.