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San Francisco Trip Log, Part 2 of 5, Monday and Tuesday

Monday, 4-14-2003
  • SegwayC had conference things to do during the first part of the week, so I was on my own exploring the city during the days.
  • I had gotten a free pass the RSA Conference's vendor expo, so I spent my morning checking that out.  Mostly I picked up a whole bunch of free snacks and toys, and I saw some cool technology.
  • One of the neatest experiences was getting to test-drive the famous new Segway.  Those things are fun!  I entered a contest to win one, but I didn't win.  (pout)
  • Since I was at the conference anyway, I met C for lunch.  We went to a taqueria (kind of like Mexican fast-food, but better) for a beef burrito.
  • San Francisco through a waterfallAt this point I got kind of lazy.  I was worn out from lots of walking around, and still adjusting to the time zone.  I enjoyed some sunshine, then I wandered back to the hotel and took a lovely nap.  (Aren't vacations grand?)
  • Eventually I woke up and got moving again.  I went to the Yerba Buena Gardens.  There I saw the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from the outside and the lobby, but it was too late in the day to bother to actually go in.
  • I walked around the gardens. There were lots of flowers and tulips and such already blooming; quite nice.  There was a fountain/waterfall with a pathway behind it, so you could look through the falling water.  Very pretty, especially since the sun was shining in through the water making fascinating shadows on the stone beside it.
  • Fog City DinerThat evening, C and I went to the Fog City Diner with Ford and Verisign people. Great food.  We had: BBQ Shrimp, crab cakes (simply wonderful, with huge chunks of tender crab), calamari, blue cheese fritters, ice cream sundae (yes that would be sundae number two, for those keeping track!). 

Tuesday, 4-15-2003
  • I started my morning with a chocolate crepe and a vanilla latte at a little french place called "Crepe au Chocolate" near my hotel.  Delicious!
  • I found the beginning of a cable car line, but once again the line was too long to bother actually riding on one.  Instead I stopped at a See's chocolate store and bought a couple of chocolate rabbits to sample (also tasty, yes indeed).
  • My goal for the day was Fisherman's Wharf.  Since I didn't want to bother with the cable car, and I was feeling adventurous, I decided to try out their version of a subway, known as the BART.  I discovered it doesn't actually cover the whole city, like in NY or Chicago, but it did take me up to Embarcadero street.  Also, the seats were cushiony, unlike NY.  
  • MarketI was unexpectedly pleased to find that Market Street ends with a real-live market!  Kind of a farmers market, with local produce and products for sale.  I sampled some humus and bought a few honey sticks.
  • Walked on Embarcadero from Pier 1 to Pier 39, admiring the views along the way. 
  • A large man on a bicycle rode past me on the sidewalk.  For some reason, he had a broomstick tied to the crossbar.  He was also singing as he rode: "Go back, do-wee-ooh", again and again.  Perhaps because his bike didn't have a bell, to warn pedestrians of his coming?  Quite a character.
  • On Pier 39, I saw the famous sea lions, and I looked around in the various shops. I spent several silly minutes trying on hats in one store....
  • I found the Hard Rock Cafe and got my sister a shirt, since she was kind enough to look after my cats while I was gone.
  • Leaving the Wharf area, I discovered a place that rents bicycles -- Blazing Saddles.  I had been thinking of walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, but this place would rent me a (nice and new) bike on which I could ride to the bridge, over the bridge, then down to Sausalito!  They offered maps, helmets, locks, and everything.  I decided that sounded like a great way to spend the afternoon, so I signed myself up and climbed onto a shiny hybrid.
  • Rennie, about to bike over the Golden Gate Bridge!Although there were a few challenging hills, all in all it was a great ride.  Beautiful views, perfect weather, and a chance to see much more and go much farther than I would have walking!  Definitely worthwhile.
  • Along the way, I saw the Wave Organ, a wave-activated acoustic sculpture located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay.   I didn't actually hear music exactly, but I did hear some faint whistling/moaning noises which may have been coming from was also just a lovely place.  I also took this opportunity to take off my shoes and dip my feet into the ocean.  I don't believe in traveling all the way to the coast without dipping your feet into the ocean!
  • Across the bridge, I wandered around Sausalito for awhile, checked out some shops and art galleries and such.  I had originally planned on biking back.  However after I flew down the incredibly long and steep hill going into the town, I decided that struggling my way back up it wouldn't be nearly as much fun.  Instead, I took the, ferry....back across the bay to Fisherman's Wharf.  On the way, saw a great view of Alcatraz.
  • Hopped in a cab back to hotel in order to meet C for dinner!  We walked out for sushi, and visited two different Japanese restaurants.  The second was a Sushi Float (little boats floating in a moat with different kinds of sushi for the taking). 
  • Afterward we walked around and stumbled across some great live music, the Biscuits and Blues bar, where we heard a fun duo by the name of Steve Lucky & Carmen Getit.  I enjoyed a "Chocolate Blues martini" and a biscuit.
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