|Thursday, 10 March 2005 16:00|
According to the locals, the fabulous weather we are basking in here is a nice change and not the norm for this time of the year. Apparently it is usually much cooler than the 27C that we experienced yesterday and today and wetter. The statistics show that the temperatures rarely rise above 21C and in fact they broke records today, something we (and everyone we meet) are quite thrilled about.
By car, we drove the rest of the Shoreline Highway into San Francisco today and we are very thankful that we didn't take the motorhome. The last few miles, near an area known as Stinson Beach, were by far even more winding and twisted than yesterday's roads and a lot rougher and busier. The drive was more enjoyable for Rick because he could actually look around to see more of the gorgeous scenery which included lush, green rolling hills and incredible ocean vistas. At Tomales Bay, we saw small ducks, black loons and white egrets sunbathing or fishing while enjoying the warm sun. The approach into the city was stunning and my camera could do it little justice.
San Francisco is the USA's second-most densely populated city behind New York City and is built on 43 hills. Purely by chance, after we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, we ended up at historical Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, San Francisco's #1 tourist destination and certainly one of the most picturesque areas we have seen in any city so far. From here on Sunday we will be going on a boat ride to Alcatraz Island and taking a tour of the infamous prison there. In the harbour besides the dozens of private sailboats, the National Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien and the WW2 submarine the USS Pampanito are moored there and operated as museums. There is so much to see and do that we know the time we have allotted for this part of the country will not be enough but we are just thankful that our timing has us here now. We have scored ...again.