Monday, 21 September 2015
21.09.2015 - 21.09.2015
Up early this morning to be on deck when we pass under the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. The sky was clear but at 06:00 it was still very dark and the bridge was not as strongly illuminated as I'd expected. Managed some blurred snaps but nothing much of photographic merit. Stayed out on Deck 15 as we manoeuvred alongside our berth. It is indeed a beautiful city.
Our shore excursion today started with a stop at the viewing point at the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge. There were incredible views across San Francisco Bay and back towards the city. Our 'bus' on this tour was far removed from the basic tour bus and could best be described as a luxury mini-van. Total capacity just 30 people in very comfortable seats.
Our next destination was Muir Woods a National Monument. It consists of a remote canyon which contains one of very few original stands of Californian Coastal Redwoods. 'Closely related to the Gian Sequoia it grows taller but less girth. The prime example is 379 feet tall, aged about 2000 years and a diameter of 22 feet. The hour long walk through these and lesser giants brings me to review my significance compared to these giants of the plant world. A thought provoking and almost spiritual experience.
Next stop on our tour was the waterfront village of Sausalito where we found many food outlets including a fabulous ice-cream outlet. The serves were generous, the flavours endless and their sign offering 'free' ice-creams for serving US Military most patriotic. The recognition shown by many US citizens and organisations to their Military and their Veterans is quite surprising to us. I may have commented on this phenomena in the past, it still amazes me.
Back on our bus we were thankful of the air-conditioned cool. Temperatures at noon were in the high twenties Centigrade. Returning to the ship we dropped some of our gear and headed out to Pier 39.
It was an interesting walk from Pier 27, where we were docked, along a wide footpath with all manner of people and traffic passing by. Pier 39 appears to have expanded since we were there in 2001, it was certainly crowded. The Californian Sea Lions on the docks appeared more numerous that what we remembered. Indulged a little, in the form of a Strawberry Crepe with Cream and made our way back to the ship again.
A strap on Jenny's backpack/handbag gave way and she approached Rhoderic who immediately promised to have her bag repaired by the ship's upholsterer. Get this - it is on the basis of no cost, no guarantee and no responsibility if it fails. Certainly beats having to throw it out and buy a new one. Will let you know how it turns out.
With no less than 200 images today, I had difficulty selecting one for today's image. Finally selected one from the early morning passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, view the image by following this link to my main album.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony