After taking the Anchor Brewery Tour earlier in the day and the BART back to the Powell station, I continued my walk past the Transamerica building on the way to Coit Tower, and found a locals route of stairs from the East side of Telegraph Hill up to the tower.
So, I took some photos on my walk there, as well as from the observation deck at the top of the Coit Tower. During my walk, I saw a small flock (maybe a dozen individuals) of the Parrots of Telegraph Hill fly by. They are big talkers, making quite a racket in flight.
Welcome to my travel blog. Thus far, I have shared a few of my recent trips, some highlights below :
1) Japan, Sep 2014. With the allure of a very foreign culture to me, non-English speaking, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Shinkansen (bullet trains), Tsukiji fish market, and Sumo wrestling, it was time for a two week break from life and traveled to Japan for the second half of September. Wow, what an amazing place, just loved every minute I spent there exploring.
2) On assignment in Berkeley, CA (Sep 2008 - Apr 2009). I explored the San Francisco Bay area in some detail during the weekends I was there ... full info
Pier 39 from the Observation DeckPier 39 has all those sailboats to its right, and a large number of Seals that hangout on the left side of it near the far end. Alcatraz is the next thing you see beyond it, and you can see the tip of the Tiburon peninsula to the left of Alcatraz, and Angel Island beyond to the right of Alcatraz.
Looking toward Marin and SausalitoOn the right side of the picture in the foreground you see two ships in the water. They both can be toured for a nominal fee. The closer of the two is actually a submarine, the [url=http://www.maritime.org/pamphome.htm]USS Pampanito[/url], whereas the further one is the [url=http://www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/]S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien[/url], one of the remaining and still operational World War II Liberty Ships.
In the distance is Marin, and the right side of it shows part of Sausalito.
Lombard Street in the distanceTowards the top center of the photo is the winding part of Lombard Street that is Eastbound only, and we are looking West. Its a bit of a huff and a puff to get to the top of it by foot. Beyond it to the right you see the top of the dome of the Palace of Fine Arts, with Columbus Avenue running diagonally across the bottom of the photo.
ToiletWhy show you this? Well, just another embarrassing moment for me happened here the first time I visited the tower. I was driving some folks from Redwood Shores (Oracle HQ) to visit the tower and then have dinner, during rush hour. By the time we got to the tower I needed to use the facilities pretty badly. This is a coin operated deal. The door gives you plenty of time to get in there before it automatically closes. I was feeling a bit urgent, so wasn't interested in waiting for the door to close. Kind of felt like urinating in public there for a few seconds. Good times!
Last Look BackOn my way to Lombard street now, looking East back at the tower.