Tuesday, March 9,
San Francisco: Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park,
Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Bridge
Breakfast has gotten more meager at each hotel. Now at the Best Western, there is only coffee. In a couple of days, we’ll be reduced to a breakfast of tepid water straight up!
The concierge informed me about Muni Passport public transportation passes, good for unlimited rides on all San Francisco buses, streetcars, and cable cars. Passports are available for one day, $13, three consecutive days, $20, or seven consecutive days, $26. Otherwise, each cable car ride costs $5, and streetcars and buses are $2, which can add up quickly. Another couple had purchased three-day Passports and were only able to use two days, so the concierge gave us their two Passports to use today for free.
Powell-Hyde cable-car terminus at Fisherman's Warf
Streetcars also run on rails, but are powered by an overhead electrical wire. The F-line streetcar runs along Market and the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Warf. It’s pretty handy for tourists. We rode it several times.
A bus is a well-known form of public transportation filled by tourists, big-city dwellers, environmentalists, and others wackos. We fit into the "tourist" category.
Our hotel wasn’t far from the Powell-Hyde cable-car line, so we walked over there and hopped aboard. Passengers can ride inside, outside, or actually hanging off the side. We rode all three places at different times. Riding on the outside was pretty thrilling and somewhat dangerous, even at a top speed of 9.5 miles per hour. The cable cars pass pretty darn close to parked cars and other traffic, you know. We loved it, of course!
A rare low-traffic moment in San Francisco
"The crookedest [sic] street in the world"
A moment of tranquility, Golden Gate Park
Buffalo in San Fran - Who'd a thunk it?
After lunch, we walked along cold, windy Ocean Beach, where some folks with much thicker skin than ours were kitesurfing. Brrrrr!
Crazy cold kitesurfers
The Cliff House, overlooking Seal Rocks
Golden Gate Bridge
Downtown and the Presidio from the Golden Gate Bridge
For dinner we wound up at IHOP, two blocks from our hotel, for a great cheeseburger and decent cheesesteak at a reasonable price – no small accomplishment in San Fran.