Afternoon in San Francisco

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Cool window Laura found

Laura flew in to Sacramento around lunchtime today, and we picked her up and whisked her off immediately to San Francisco!  It's great to have her around for a few days!

We checked into our motel on Lombard and hit the streets for the afternoon.  We walked to the crookedest part of Lombard first, and for once it wasn't teeming with tourists!  But all the flowers and plants were dead or cut back so it wasn't very pretty.  However, the view from the street was amazing as always.

From Lombard we saw a church that looked really cool, so we took a detour to see it.  Jesse said it was 'wannabe' compared to what we would see in a few weeks in Europe, but Laura and I really liked it.

Knobbly trees (Laura's again)

Then we hiked up to Coit Tower.  I had read it was around a dollar for each person to go up in it, but when we got there it was $4.50/person and we decided it wouldn't be worth it.  Instead we headed over to Pier 39.

The sea lions were disappointing - all the closest floating dock thingys were abandoned and the sea lions were on the farthest ones and were mostly sleeping.  Part of the fun of it is seeing them making noisy battles over who gets which spot!  Alas, they were boring today.  I felt bad for Laura since it was her first time here, but she didn't seem to care too much. 

The best part of the day was probably eating the mini donuts Jesse and I have come to love from one of the tiny shops along Fisherman's wharf.  You can smell them from far away.

The crookedest street - dead this time of year :(
  When you walk up to the window, you can see the little donut machines dropping the batter in tiny circles into the hot oil, and watch the donuts cook and get moved along up a little conveyor belt and spilled over the edge into a bin.  Then they immediately get put into a little paper bag with cinnamon sugar and given to the customer!  Talk about fresh!  We got Laura hooked.  :)

Then we went shopping for souveniers for Laura, and I bought us both a pair of cool tall socks.  We walked back to the motel as it was getting dark and hung out for a while - too full for dinner because of those delicious donuts!

Eventually we made our way to a pizza place a few blocks away, which by this point felt like 100 blocks because of all our walking and climbing.  Laura and I split a spinach salad with the best dressing we've ever had!  If you ever go to Extreme Pizza, try the balsamic - it's incredible!  And the pizza sauce was good too, kind of tangy.

LOST kept us entertained tonight, along with a broadway-like show on TV with performances in Chinese, bringing in their new year.  Chinese opera =hilarious.  Maybe we would have been more respectful had we been able to understand their language, but we couldn't, so we found everything hysterical. 

Tomorrow we're off to the Pacific coast!

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Cool window Laura found
Cool window Laura found
Knobbly trees (Lauras again)
Knobbly trees (Laura's again)
The crookedest street - dead this …
The crookedest street - dead this…
A pretty church
A pretty church
Aligned with the street instead of…
Aligned with the street instead o…
Another of Lauras - of me taking …
Another of Laura's - of me taking…
Lauras view of Coit Tower
Laura's view of Coit Tower
Jesse and the Bay Bridge
Jesse and the Bay Bridge
Lauras view of Alcatraz
Laura's view of Alcatraz
Me at Pier 39
Me at Pier 39
Laura and me at Pier 39
Laura and me at Pier 39
Jesse took this one - thats Alcat…
Jesse took this one - that's Alca…
Wax museum display
Wax museum display
Wax museum display
Wax museum display
Silliness
Silliness
Famous sourdough
Famous sourdough
Sunset over the city
Sunset over the city
Laura and me!
Laura and me!