(4 photos) Following my trek to Chinatown and my leg-numbing search for an iconic cable car photo on Hyde Street (see Chinatown and Cable Cars), I cried “uncle” to San Francisco’s famed hills, clicked on my Uber app, and headed back to flatter ground near my hotel. In search of a nice glass of wine to ease my tourist-weary legs (with dinner coming in a close second), I made my way to the beautiful Ferry Building, a terminal for, yup, ferries on the San Francisco Bay and an upscale shopping center located on The Embarcadero. Instead, I found gates closed and people going home for the night. Not to be daunted, I, of course, set up my tripod and fired off a few shots.
As for the wine? I happily found that (and a nice dinner) back at my hotel, but not before stopping at a local drugstore and buying a much-needed knee brace to help with the next day’s walking! Number of steps logged on my first afternoon/evening in San Francisco? 15,089 (6.37 miles).
Bright and early the following morning, knee brace velcroed in place, I made my way back to The Embarcadero to begin my walk to Alcatraz Landing for the ferry to “The Rock.” This was the site that greeted me. What a wonderful way to start the day! (For photos of the Embarcadero piers I saw along my walk, see Visiting San Francisco’s Picturesque Piers.)
I returned to the building to grab lunch between my morning/afternoon and night tours of Alcatraz. Best.hamburger.ever. at Gott’s Roadside. I should have taken a picture, but I was just too darn hungry. It’s exactly what I needed to keep me going for another tour!
Speaking of Alcatraz, next post to come — Alcatraz, Part I. And wait for the step/mile count on this one!
(If you’re interested in seeing a black and white version of the first Ferry Building image, visit today’s Monochromia post.)