Next on our list was a stay in downtown San Francisco having acquired (for free) a 5 day anchoring permit for the Aquatic Park. We were warned to be careful entering and leaving the park because of all the swimmers and wow the swimmers were there as early as 6 am until after dark. Anchored in front of the Ghirardelli building with fireworks in front of Pier 39 every Saturday evening it felt like we were dropped into a different world of lights and celebration.
That first afternoon we hit the shore heading to the Ferry Building at the end of the Embarcadero. We were overwhelmed by people, people from all over the world, the San Francisco historic waterfront was just that and a big tourist business. We had a list of “to do’s” which started with getting three day bus passes and heading into the Mission District. Its a good thing I had a phone with data so we could find our way around but I must say the public transportation system really works! We even stood on the side of a Cable Car and rode through town. In truth you can’t take in this place in a week, but we loved all of it, Italian district, China town, Marina Drive even downtown where I got my sunglasses replaced in two hours (dropped them overboard – OPPS). We did a little shopping because you can find “everything” in San Francisco – Josh hit the Quicksilver store and Sue found Yone bead store a fixture from the sixties. One of the big highlights was the free music festival Hardly Strictly Bluegrass that happened while we were there, so we spent a day in the heat taking in some great music.
Alas we needed retreat from downtown because Fleet week was starting and we did not want to be in the middle of that!!