Five and a Half Days: A Five Part Series (San Francisco)

Part One: San Francisco

This is the first part in a five-part series of a road trip taking us into Northern California from San Diego County.   We visited San Francisco, Sausalito, Fairfield, Benicia, Suisan City, Suisan Bay, Napa, and the Delta. We went to Pier 39 in San Francisco, crossed the Golden Gate Bridge twice, saw the hundreds of houseboats in Sausalito, toured the Jelly Belly factory, fished on the delta, rode on two ferry boats, crossed over four large bridges, and many small draw bridges, saw autumn colors, saw the last of our naval ghost fleet, and viewed the gorgeous vineyards in Napa… all in five and a half days.

Heading up North
Thanksgiving means a lot to people for different reasons. One reason is the chance to spend time with family and friends.  Second is the chance to eat all the wonderful fixings of turkey, stuffing, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, or whatever food tradition you have.  Lastly, in most cases it is a chance to have the day off from work.

In my case it was four days off (including the weekend) which means only one thing…road trip!!!!!!!    Actually, I stretched it to five and a half days by taking Monday off and half day Weds.

So mid-morning on the day before Thanksgiving we braved the Southern California holiday traffic and headed north to our first stop, San Francisco.

In reality, our first stop was San Jose but that was only a driving break to stay overnight and freshen up for the next day. All we saw of San Jose was the freeway and the off-ramp leading to our wonderful and comfy beds at the hotel.

The sizable breakfast at the hotel was awesome and even more so because it was free!  It filled our bellies enough so that we were ready for the hour or so drive to San Francisco.

I have been to San Francisco many times and have always opted to do the touristy things that this wonderful city has to offer.  On that note, I highly suggest the Alcatraz tour and a harbor boat excursion that takes you around the bay and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Off the Beaten Path
This time we wanted to see something new so we headed in the general direction of Golden Gate Bridge to check out that area.  While on the way we saw the Lombard street sign and decided to pull off and take a look.

Even though I have driven down this infamous street before, I still wanted to see if I could get a few nice photos.  There were at least fifty people hanging around vying to do the same thing.  We watched as a few cars began the steep decline into the narrow hairpin turns that make this street one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.  It is a must see when coming into the city.

If you can’t drive down this hill, don’t worry, there are plenty of steep hills in the city.  On some of them, I was glad that I wasn’t driving a stick shift.

The beginning of Lombard Street

A few mellow areas near the Golden Gate bridge

Alcatraz in the background

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