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Feb 14 2015
hippiepunkpira
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 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Alcatraz IslandBay Area, CA
Bay Area, CA
Walk / Tour avatar Feb 14 2015
hippiepunkpirate
Walk / Tour1.25 Miles 165 AEG
Walk / Tour1.25 Miles
165 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Snagged ferry tickets last minute and hopped on the boat at 12:30 with my wife, Tanya, Dustin, Renee and Mike. Upon arriving, a ranger was starting a talk about the story of one of the escape attempts, so we listened to that. The laundry building that is usually closed was open for an art exhibit, so we went through that too before heading up to the cellhouse to do the self-guided audio tour. Got to look through the hospital wing as well due to the exhibit, so we were pretty happy we got to see some areas that normally are not open to the public. Barely made it onto the 3:45 boat, would've had to wait another 45 minutes for the next ferry. I'd been to Alcatraz once before, and I'm glad we went back, it's an interesting place, the audio tour is super well-done, the ferry ride is fun, and the views across the Bay are pretty sweet too.
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Oct 25 2013
Randal_Schulha
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
San Francisco Tour - October 2013, CA 
San Francisco Tour - October 2013, CA
 
Backpack avatar Oct 25 2013
Randal_Schulhauser
Backpack52.69 Miles 4,550 AEG
Backpack52.69 Miles4 Days         
4,550 ft AEG
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1st trip
San Francisco CA - October 2013

THE PLAN:
Depart PHX early Friday 10/25 on Southwest Airlines. Stay at Argonaut Hotel on Fisherman's Wharf http://www.argonauthotel.com Return from SFO late Monday afternoon 10/29

Need to locate nearest Burger King (gluten free diet for Lynn)
Nat Geo book recommendations? Cliche sights listed on pp? (some airplane reading to do)

MUST DO's
1. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
2. Cable car ride the famous hills (what route?)
3. Waterfront walk-about
4. Chinatown walk-about
5. Crooked Lombard Street hilly walk-about

MAYBE's
1. Alcatraz Island - need reservations, National Parks affected by government shutdown
2. Palace of Fine Arts
3. Presidio walk-about and Baker Beach to China Beach for maverick wave surfing
4. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge - night photos?
5. Union Square walking tour - see back flap of Nat Geo book


WHAT REALLY HAPPENED:
Friday 10/25
After a slight delay departing on Southwest from Sky Harbour Airport in PHX, arrived at SFO late morning. After a $75 taxi ride (tip included) to the Argonaut Hotel at the corners of Jefferson & Hyde at the west side of Fisherman's Wharf (check out :next: http://www.argonauthotel.com ). Checked in noonish and headed to the waterfront to take in the sight, sounds, and smells of Fisherman's Wharf. Ambled westward past Gashouse aka Mariner's Cove, Fort Mason, Crissy Field, Battery Park, and of course the main attraction, the Golden Gate Bridge. Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge (was surprised at the walker toll, $0.00) past Fort Baker and on to Sausalito to catch the Blue & Gold Ferry back to Pier 3 and Ferry Building beside the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Ferry ride gave us a close-up view of Alcatraz Island and the old prison of the same name. Walked along the Embarcadero past Coit Tower while observing all the historic street cars servicing the F-line. Saw a Toronto "red rocket" trucking down the line - made me wonder if the still have any in service back in the "Big Smoke"....
Sample some choice wine back at the Argonaut before calling it a night. Got caught sneaking in a late night snack at the nearby In-N-Out Burger...
San Francisco Bay Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19052
Crissy Field :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12270
Golden Gate Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14747
Fort Baker :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12625
Alcatraz Island :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19053
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17924
F-line Street Cars :next: http://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/our-hi ... streetcars
SFO Historic Street Car photo archive :next: http://sfmta.photoshelter.com/#!/portfo ... SbPTvPNtfg and http://sfmta.photoshelter.com/#!/portfo ... YiaXpZa..8
14.64 miles and 600 feet (60 floors) on FitBit


Saturday 10/26
Started the day off with a Starbucks breakfast before hopping on the cable car at the Hyde & Jefferson turntable station to the Union Square Station. Truthfully this felt more like an amusement park ride than municipal transportation. Followed the concierge's advice from the Argonaut Hotel and only purchased the $6 one-way ticket - she suggested that the cable cars are too congested to think that you'll be able to hop on whenever you like. Hopped off the cable car in the midst of all the upscale shopping stores (Macy's, Neiman Marcus, etc) at Union Square and headed a couple of blocks east to Grant Street to find the China Gate denoting the entrance to China Town. After exploring the side streets of Chinatown to get the sights, sounds, and smells of Saturday morning market shopping, we ambled east to the foot of the Bay Bridge.
Cable car :next: http://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/our-hi ... cable-cars
China town :next: http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com
San Francisco Oakland bay bridge :next: http://baybridgeinfo.org
Ferry Building :next: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
Lucked out getting NPS Alcatraz tickets for Sunday @ 11am :next: http://www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
Sea Lions at Pier 39 :next: http://www.pier39.com/home/the-sea-lion ... on-webcam/
Lombard Street - the worlds crookedest road :next: http://www.sftodo.com/lomabardcrookedstreet.html
Foggy Golden Gate :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14747
Fort Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12270
Presidio Promenade and East Battery :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19054
Presidio Coastal Trail :next: http://www.presidio.gov/explore/trails/ ... m73GzK9KSN and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19058 aka Fort Point to Baker Beach Coastal Trail :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12629
Safeway discovery at Beach & Marina a godsend for the pocketbook - deli picnic items consumed back at our room 235 in the Argonaut Hotel
Missed all the fireworks for Wharf Fest 2013 :next: http://visitfishermanswharf.com/fisherm ... -fest-2013
17.82 miles and 1940 feet (194 floors) on the FitBit


Sunday 10/27
Alcatraz prison sentence began serving at 11am, released for good behavior at 2:45pm. Famous Alcatraz prisoners :next: http://www.alcatrazhistory.com/famous.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19053
More Wharf Fest 2013
SFO at night shots :next: http://www.apertureacademy.com/photogra ... ooting.php
1. Bay Bridge
2. Cable car on turntable
3. Golden Gate Bridge
4. Argonaut Hotel
5. Fisherman's Wharf
6. Jefferson Street at night
7. City lights from Aquatic Park Cove Pier
Windy SFO night, did I say windy :next:
Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Cafe with couple from Boston celebrating 25th wedding anniversary and retracing honeymoon locals in and about San Francisco (Irish Coffee was doubly good given the sudden dip in temperature and blustery wind this evening)
Fish and Chips by the fire place in the Argonaut Hotel with Anchor Steam Beer on tap (good place to warm the bones after attempting to capture some night images)
Buena Vista Cafe at Hyde & Beach for the original Irish Coffee :next: http://www.thebuenavista.com/home/home.html
9.21 miles and 980 feet (98 floors) on FitBit


Monday 10/28
Arranged for a 2pm late checkout from the Argonaut Hotel - kudos to Laureen for looking after us! I'll give this hotel a thumbs up for a return visit.
Palace of Fine Arts :next: http://www.palaceoffinearts.org/Welcome.html and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19062
Hyde Street Pier :next: http://www.nps.gov/safr/index.htm
Playing tourist at Pier 39 :next: http://www.pier39.com
Picked up 2pm by taxi for another $75 ride to the airport
Southwest running about 60 minutes behind schedule, arriving 8-ish at Sky Harbour Airport
11.04 miles and 1030 feet (103 floors) on FitBit


TOTALS
FR = 14.62 and 600 ft
SA = 17.82 and 1940 ft
SU = 9.21 and 980 ft
MO = 11.04 and 1030 ft
4 day total = 52.69 miles and 4,550 feet

76 photos on iPhone (for geocoding purposes)
485 photos on Canon Rebel XT
147 photos on Canon 7D
4 day total = 708 photos

Looking for a killer 20mm to 75mm Canon compatible lens to cover the gap between my 10-22mm wide angle and 70-200mm telephoto - recommendations?


AFTER THOUGHTS:
Already contemplating when a return trip to San Francisco can be placed on the calendar. San Francisco is a special city. THE GOOD = jaw dropping eye candy city, THE BAD = Burger King at Fisherman's Wharf closed down (ok, maybe this should read "mega-expensive city", but we found a way to keep ourselves on the cheap), THE UGLY = extraordinary number of street people begging you for money almost everywhere. In the meantime, I'm going to have to revisit my Clint Eastwood DVD collection for his many SFO movie scene locations (Dirty Harry series, Escape from Alcatraz immediately come to mind). "Birdman of Alcatraz" and "It Came from Beneath the Sea" and Steve McQueen’s “Bullet” also comes to mind.


Dirty Harry :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/0ZvGn3438pM
The Enforcer :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/0NLYjYgxI9c
Escape from Alcatraz :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/UT4kc5jG990
Birdman of Alcatraz :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/K4zlb22lfVM
It Came From Beneath the Sea :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/0nmOjIUR9kA
Bullet :next: https://www.youtube.com/embed/-Lbs_nYW3-o


Photos to follow when I get the chance...
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