Kevin and I like to take walks, especially walks that allow us to explore new places. Since we are in San Fran for the week and we have no car, we have plenty of opportunity to walk and explore. Monday, Kevin had to work for an hour in the morning to set-up and register and didn’t have to be back at work until 5 pm. That gave us the whole afternoon to explore the city.
We decided we wanted some In-N-Out Burger since they don’t have it in our land. I googled it and found it was over by the Pier and Fisherman’s Wharf. We looked at the maps and found it to be a good 2 miles walk each way. Being the adventurers that we are, we decided to go for it. We mapped out a route that would take us through China Town so we could explore that on the way.
The streets were pretty crowded and it was hot outside, but we safely made it to Pier 39 unharmed, just sweaty and tired. Kevin decided to check and see if there were tickets for Alcatraz available anytime this week. They were sold out for Monday, but he knew he was getting off early on Thursday so we made plans to go then. Kevin knew it was one thing I really wanted to do, tour the rock, so he bought tickets as part of my b-day gift. I really look forward to doing that on Thursday.
After we bought the tickets, we took a break on a bench that overlooked the bay. It was nice to sit and relax and watch the boats and ferries in the water. Then, we headed out to find the In-N-Out Burger.
We both ordered cheese burgers and then shared fries and a shake. It was better than I expected it to be and all as wonderful as I had imagined. We didn’t even feel that guilty because we walked about 5 miles that day.
After In-N-Out, we were going to walk up to the Ghirardelli area, but got sidetracked by Hyde Pier. There were about 5 or 6 different old ships on display. One of which Kevin really wanted to explore.
We went to the ticket counter and found out you could board and explore all the boats for only $5. Since San Fran is a pretty pricy town, we felt we hit the jackpot on this one and didn’t waste a minute buying the tickets. We got to board and explore several different ships. Most were in the process of being restored so some areas were off limits. The ship in the picture above was a huge cargo ship with three separate levels. We had a good time playing captain and snapping photos here and there.
After the ships, we headed back into the city so Kevin could go to work. On the way back, we walked up the biggest hill I have ever walked up. I didn’t think I would make it, but only had to stop once to catch my breath. It is the hill you often see the trolley going up and if you have seen it you know it is steep.
We were almost home and one more street to go down before reaching our apartment. We had a few options on how to cross over and choose to go with Ellis St., bad idea. The street wasn’t too bad at first, but then it quickly became the scariest street I had ever been down. There were homeless people everywhere begging for money, more than anything that was sad the extreme amount of homeless people in this city. Anyway, things got worse when we started walking past open drug deals on the street. People counting large amounts of cash and waiting in line to “see the man”, are pretty good signs of drug dealings. I held Kevin’s hand a little tighter and we walked a little faster to a more public street. When we got back to the hotel, we both made a solemn vow never to go down that street again.
I do love all my adventures with Kevin and can’t wait to see what else lies in store for us for the remainder of our time here. On a side note, I like to make-out with various statues I see along the way, like this poor, unsuspecting pirate. Good times!