5 July 2008

Linda dropped us off at the Nashville airport for our 7:10 a.m. Southwestern flight.  After a brief stop in Kansas City, we arrived in Oakland at 11:40 a.m. local time.  There was a delay getting the checked baggage, but after a shuttle ride to the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, we arrived at the Argonaut Hotel around 1:30 p.m.  The shuttle driver, typical of locals, said he drops people off from all over the world in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, but he had no idea what was along those piers they go to.  Anyway, the hotel was able to check us in early, so we dropped our gear in the room, grabbed jackets, and headed out.

We walked along the Fisherman’s Wharf area.  We stopped for a few street performers.  There was an especially good elderly magician, but he had a thing about having his picture taken.  We stopped at one of the sidewalk restaurants around 2:00 p.m. for a late lunch.  Richard had clam chowder in a sourdough bowl and Teagan had a crabcake sandwhich.  There were both good.

After lunch, we continued along the piers.  We stopped to see some sea lions next to Pier 39.  The crowd on that pier was amazing.  There were people everywhere speaking all sorts of languages.  After we had seen enough of the wharf area, we turned on Kearny Street and headed south.  We cut over to Grant Street, because Kearny deadends into a hill.  Along Grant, we saw a road to Coit Tower, so we decided to do it.  There was a long line waiting to go up, but it moved along well.  The views from the top were worth the wait.

After we got down, we continued along Grant Street to Chinatown.  We stopped in several shops looking at the trinkets.  Around 6:30 p.m., we went into Dick Lee’s Dim Sum and Barbecue.  It was an all-you-can-eat restaurant for $5.99.  It was probably worth the price, but not more.  The food was just ok.  Afterward, we continued along Grant until we came to the end of Chinatown where the famous gate is.  We took some pictures there, then headed up to Powell Street to catch a cable car back to the hotel area.

As were walking back to the hotel from the cable car stop, we stopped at a tourist info place for some more information.  We arrived back at the hotel around 8:30 p.m.

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