Monday morning we were up early for our drive to San Francisco.
We decided to drive to San Bruno and take the Bart System, as we did not know what to expect for traffic and parking in the city. Parking in the garage was a breeze as it was Labor Day. We got lucky as parking was free and the garage was empty. Our round trip ticket cost $7.90 per person.
We got off the subway on Montgomery Street and used the app “Hop Stop” to make our way to Lombard Street. We passed through Chinatown along the way.
When we reached Lombard Street we had a huge hill to climb. It would be our first of many for the day.
Finally, we saw the famous crooked street and after taking pictures, we continued our walk up the hill. Plenty of cars were making their way down this one way street. This part of Lombard Street seemed the steepest.
The flowers were gorgeous as we made our way to the top.
This spectacular view was worth the walk up the hill.
We tried to catch the cable car at the top of the hill, but it was just too crowded and we ended up walking to the waterfront.
As we were walking to the waterfront, we had a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
We saw a boat race in the harbor.
The trolley went by as we passed these beautiful old homes.
This will give you an idea how steep the hills were to the harbor.
Finally, we reached the waterfront and started looking for a place to eat lunch.
We made the mistake of stopping at Tarantinos Restaurant. The view was great, but I did not think the food was that good.
I had the clam chowder bread bowl. It did not have much flavor. J had fish and chips.
I wished me would have walked a couple more blocks, as there were food stands that looked better than what we had. The downside was you had to take your food to go and find a bench to eat.
As we made our way to Pier 39 there were even more places to eat, but this area was very crowded.
As we were walking, we could hear the seals before we actually saw them. They were just hanging out at Pier 39, enjoying the sun. We spent some time watching them push each other off the pier.
It was getting late, and we still had to drive to Fresno where we would be spending the night. We headed back to the trolley line to take the trolley to the other side of town. When we got there the line was longer than it was earlier, so we ended up walking a couple of stops ahead to see if we could get on without the long wait. We finally caught the trolley and rode it to the end to Powell Street. The line at the end waiting to get on the trolley was just as bad as down at Fisherman Wharf.
TIP: Try to walk ahead a few stops to catch the trolley instead of the end point.
Everyone had to get off the trolley at this stop. People were able to take pictures of the trolley, as it was no longer in service.
The entrance where we would be catching the Bart System was on Powell Street, real close to where they dropped us off. We made our way down the steps to the station to catch the train back to our car.
Not many people were riding the train, and before we knew it, we were getting off and going back to our car. We were looking forward to tomorrow as we were going to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park.