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Published: September 30th 2017
Geo: 37.7792, -122.42
Today we set our alarm for 5:45am. I immediately took a shower, got dressed, and got a camera. Kamie joined me and we watched our boat slowly sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco. I've crossed the Golden Gate Bridge before (on a bus) and I was really impressed. Today, it was foggy and for some reason, it didn't seem so big and impressive. It was still neat to see the entire wharf – including the Ghirardelli Hotel (at over $1,000 per night for some rooms) and other iconic places from our balcony as we sailed into San Francisco today.
We watched the boat dock in San Francisco and threw the rest of our items together and walked down to deck 1 to leave the boat. I was the first person off the boat today!! Is that crazy or what?? I'm telling you, these old people don't get in a hurry to do anything. Kamie & I then took our luggage to the California Welcome Center and they kept it all day for us for $20. We walked all around Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. We saw the famous sea lions. They can be loud and
seem like they are fighting and then all the sudden they look all cute and cuddly while they are sleeping. We found the 7D theatre and we both decided to try it. I thought "Okay, we'll try this. Whatever." I was sooo wrong. It was SO MUCH FUN!! You have a gun in your hand and you are buckled into a chair that moves up and down and back and forth and vibrates and raises and lowers and etc. After the first zombie-shooting movie, we then did a second show – the Gigamon. It was soooo fun!! You feel like you are on a roller coaster ride and you are shooting the zombies while you are moving through this movie. It shows your score at the end of the show. Kamie, of course, beat me both times. There were four people and the other guy won the first show but Kamie won the second and he doubled my score. I kept shooting civilians. There is one part where you are basically dropped down a cliff and your car crashes and I'm telling you, you really think you are falling down that cliff. I had to close my eyes! HA It
was a lot of fun!! We were then going to take a boat ride around the bay and closer to Alcatraz but it started raining and it rained the rest of the day in San Francisco. We had planned on rain for this entire trip and today was the first day we encountered it so it was okay. We shopped, we got in from the cold rain and had a hot bowel of clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Boudin's Bakery (which is famous in San Francisco). It was so much food we split the sourdough bowl and we still couldn't finish even half of it. We fed the pigeons. We shopped a lot today. Fisherman's Wharf is very touristy and semi-carnival-like but it is a neat place to visit and the views of Alcatraz, the wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge cannot be beat. I had no desire to see Alcatraz. I'm tired of touring prisons.
We finally picked-up our luggage and caught a shuttle to the airport. Our shuttle driver had five other people to pick-up and he flew around corners and up extremely steep hills and down extremely steep hills running around San Francisco picking-up
the other passengers. This guy was a crazy driver and it was like being on a roller coaster with him, too. Kamie said you would have to have great car brakes if you lived in San Francisco. No doubt. The streets are literally straight up and down. Frankly, it's a neat city and much cleaner than I had anticipated and if every decent hotel room in San Francisco wasn't $400 a night (minimum), we would probably spend a week there seeing the sites someday but we both agreed we would never want to live, bicycle, or drive in San Francisco -- too hilly!
So, our crazy shuttle driver got us to the airport in no time with several scenic stops along the way while picking-up other passengers. We get to the airport and SFO is the slooowest airport I've ever been through in my life. Security makes you take off everything here (practically) and they are still very old school post-911. Most places like LAX and STL and etc now allow your liquids without question, you don't have to take off your shoes anymore, etc. Not in SFO. Wait to be checked-out and wait in another line to be checked-out
some more. (For the record, I don't mind all the checks for the most part -- they can take my blood each flight if it means it keeps me and others safe) We had an evening flight from San Francisco to Salt Lake City and then 50 minutes later caught another flight from Salt Lake City to St Louis. We arrived in St Louis around midnight. We had agreed if we were tired to get a hotel room but we knew Simon and Scaredy were at home waiting for us so Kamie got some coffee and we talked and kept each other awake so we could go ahead and drive home. I slept off and on but frankly, Kamie was driving like a madman and I would wake-up and see the speedometer at 80 mph and couldn't sleep anymore plus he was occasionally swerving or stopping for various forms of wildlife. That was a scary ride home but we finally greeted two lonely furbabies around 4:30am. I ended-up getting to bed around 5:30am and only slept about 3 hours before I got-up and started unloading the car and doing laundry.
We enjoyed this quick vacation but we've had a few
discussions about future vacations… maybe shorter, definitely planned further in advance, and we both need to get in better shape if we are going to continue to travel. Kamie had shin splints multiple times and a few other issues and I have never felt like I couldn't walk, walk, walk on vacation and this vacation I could barely make it a mile here or there. I woke-up early this morning with killer leg cramps. Time for a reality check and some vacation changes, for sure. I'm not saying we won't vacation anymore, we will, but we both agree maybe there are more important priorities to us these days and maybe shorter or different vacations are in the mix as we will be purchasing a new vehicle soon and Simon was sooo sad when we got home this morning, he literally laid next to me and whined and he has never done that before. Home priorities are slowly trumping vacation priorities. Iceland and London are definitely on the back burner for next year so we'll see what happens... maybe we are the old people now…
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