Glad you can join us and hope I can update this page
a few times and show you some pictures of San Fran and other interesting things. Call it your electronic post card.
This trip has turned from an ordinary trip to use up Aeroplan points to a trip of a lifetime for me as I am celebrating my 50th birthday by indulging in the golfers dream. A round at Spyglass Hills followed by a dream round at Pebble Beach. If you are interested more in Pebble Beach, click on the Pebble logo above. This will take you to a page with links to the webcams and my tee-off times.
5 of the 10 nights are already booked, so the rest of the trip is unplanned and is where the wind will take us. The only certainties are April 17 to 19 at the Argonaut Hotel on Fishermans' Wharf in San Francisco and the April 23 and 24 at the Inn on Spanish Bay at Pebble.
If you want to see where our flights are in real time got to
this website on April 17. In the advanced user portion enter ACA761 and press the go button. For the return flight on April 27 enter ACA760.
Fisherman's wharf SF, SanFranCityCam
Monday 13:00 Pacific
Arrived safely just about to go out on the town. On the taxi ride in, Myrna said that Fisherman's Wharf reminds her of Wildwood. More impressions to come.
Monday 16:58 OK. She's changed her mind a bit. We hung off the trolley for about 30 minutes, all the way from our hotel (Hyde and Beach) to the end (Powell Street). It's a great ride and warm enough to be in a t-shirt. Now it's down to the lobby for free wine tasting. Click here for a post card of day 1.
Tuesday - Alcatraz and much more (100th anniversary of the SF Quake)
Tuesday is also the 100th anniversary of the great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. That meant that all public transportation including the trolley was free today. We bought a 3 day MUNI pass but didn't have to use it. Neither did 2 million other people. Needless to say, the trolleys were popular as they usually cost $5 for one trip. Here is an Alcatraz postcard for day 2.
After Alcatraz it was on to Pier 39 for the Sea Lions and then to Chinatown and Lombard street, San Francisco's Crookedest Street. Then Irish coffees at the famous Bueno Vista across the street from our hotel. Top that off with the free wine happy hour at the hotel. Say no more.
Wednesday April 19
So far we rented bikes from a place called Blazing Saddles and did almost 30 miles to Sausalito and
Tiberon and ferried back from there. Great fun riding over the Golden Gate. We missed a ferry by 5 minutes and we were forced to kill a couple of hours at a bar drinking beer and martinis while looking out at the bay. Here is the postcard for day 3.
Thursday April 20 - On the road
Picked up our rental car from Hertz. It took a while and they wanted to give something else because
they didn't have it at Fisherman's Wharf. Through work, I have a
Hertz Gold membership. This stuff isn't supposed to happen. The car
we have is shown above by Vanna Goyetche. Anyway, we hit the road. We decided south before the weather is cooling off. We took the coast road to Santa Cruz from Half Moon Bay then we decided that Carmel was as far as we would go. We are now in Carmel for one night then we will go south tomorrow. Big Sur and lower. Good a
glimpse of Pebble Beach from Carmel. With today's wind I'll be lucky to shoot 130. As you can see by Myrna in this postcard, it's a little cool in the Pacific wind.
Friday April 21 - Carmel down to Big Sur and a night in Morro Bay
What a ride. Big Sur is quite something. Huge waves! No wonder the f fell off the Surf. Never mind. We slowly made our way down, stopping at least 25 times. It was cloudy for the first half, but we managed to have the top down around 11:00. Then we got to the Elephant Seal colony at Piedras Blancas. Thousands of seals within 50 feet of us. A little smelly but VERY impressive. Today's postcard will tell you a little something. When we finally got to Morro Bay, we found a fantastic room with a balcony looking out over Morro Rock. Pictures don't do it justice. As you see by the postcard, life is hard when you have to use a computer on the balcony looking out over the Pacific. We tried to get our room for 2 nights, alas it's not available. We would stay here for a while. The room is huge, with gas fireplace and it's not that expensive. Because I am not used to updating these pages from a remote application, I can't open a link in a new window. You can though by right clicking and
choosing Open Page in new window..
Saturday April 22: Click here for the continuation: