10 July 2008

We left the hotel to rent two bikes at Blazing Saddles.  Teagan had difficulty changing gears and got frustrated, so we returned the bikes.  Teagan wanted to chill in the hotel for a while, so Richard headed to the WWII submarine at the Marine Park that gives tours.  It was very interesting to be in a WWII sub and see how the men lived.

When Richard returned to the hotel, we both headed to get some quick lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf.  Teagan got a bowl of chowder and Richard got a shrimp sandwich.

After lunch, we headed to the Presidio in the rental car.  The fog had rolled in to the point where we couldn’t even see the GGB from the Fort Point viewpoint right next to it.  We could see part of the ramp leading up to the bridge, and we could see the base of the south tower, but that was about it.

After we left there, we headed to Baker Beach.  It was so cold and windy, we didn’t even see any nudists.  But there were still lots of people:  some playing in the water, one in a bikini lying on a towel as if she were sun-bathing (is there such a thing as fog-bathing?), and a few tourists like us just looking around.

We followed Lincoln  Blvd. around to Lincoln Park where the Legion of Honor is.  There were a lot of people there – some at the beach, but most in the Legion building.  We didn’t stop there, we just picked up Highway 1 and follwed it south to see if we could escape the fog.

We went as far as the town of Pacifica, but the fog was still obscuring the views, so we just headed back.  We left the car at the hotel and took a cable car to Chinatown to look for souvenirs.  After walking around for some time checking out the shops and getting souvenirs, we grabbed a cable car back toward Hyde St. in the Russian Hill area to give the Hyde Street Bistro a try.

We decided to split an appetizer of salmon tartare.  It was very good, and not overly filling.  Teagan ordered a chicken and mashed potatoes in mushroom sauce, and Richard ordered medaillons de porc en surprise a la moutarde d’estragon (Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin Stuffed With A Pork And Shitake Marmelade Served With Sautéed Potatoes Taragon Dijon Mustard Sauce) .  Both entrees were also very good.  Teagan got a chocolate mousse with english creme for dessert.

After supper, we headed back to the hotel for the evening.

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