Page 12 of Doug Gschwind Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland February 8th 2008

I have now traveled some 10,000 miles and 19 hours in the air to get to Auckland. While I felt I was quite awake after getting some good rest on the 14 hour flight from SFO to Sydney, I happened to see this shop advertisement while driving by on my shuttle ride to my hotel in Auckland. Clearly, it got my attention. Being a responsible citizen of the US and A (thank you for that Borat), I thought it best to not challenge the New Zealand slang at this very early stage of my time in the country. Borat : Very nice! How much?... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 6th 2008

My 14 hour flight was to depart from San Francisco's International Airport (SFO) at 10pm that night, so I wanted to do all I could to be good an exhausted by the time I got on that plane to enable me to sleep as much as possible. My plan worked quite well. While I didn't have a terribly restful sleep, and it was often interrupted, by the time we landed in Sydney, I was ready to take on the day in front of me which included a two hour layover followed by a three hour flight to Auckland. In any case, this entry shows what I saw on my bike ride from Fisherman's Wharf over the Golden Gate bridge and back, and I also swung up into the Presidio on the way back to Fisherman's Wharf. ... read more
East side of Fort Mason
Tree Lined Bike Path
Fort Point Below Golden Gate Bridge

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz February 5th 2008

After seeing all I could of the Jeremiah O'Brien (and being allowed to stay on board for about 45 minutes after they closed the entrance to the public), I decided to jump on a quick harbor cruise that was the last one of the day. On the harbor cruise we sailed West from the Fisherman's Wharf area until we were directly under the Golden Gate bridge, then sailed back East around the North side of Alcatraz Island before turning back South to dock. I thought I would stay very near the bow of the boat for the entirety of the one hour cruise, but it got a bit chilly heading West into the wind. After departing the boat, I headed directly to the Buena Vista for an Irish Coffee to warm up and it hit the ... read more
Marin Side of Golden Gate Bridge
Northeast tip of Alcatraz

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 5th 2008

I had seen the submarine that sits very near the Jeremiah O' Brien, but had not seen this Liberty Ship in previous trips. I found it interesting to look around on board the ship, from the very complex engine room, to the crew quarters, to the 3" and 5" guns mounted on the bow and stern. The "Liberty Ships" were introduced during WWII when it was clear that the enemy was destroying ships at a faster pace than ships were generally being produced. Thus, many ships of this exact same model were produced during that time, but appearantly, the Jeremiah O' Brien is the last to still be in existence. Not being on board a ship of that size in the past, I figured it was pretty well moored to the dock, but it still very ... read more
Bow of Jeremiah O' Brien
Destination Normandy
Anchor Housing and Chain

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