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Fort Point, under the Golden Gate Bridge

As we were checking out of the KOA, Dawn complained to the manager about the loud family next to our site. She said that we weren't the only ones to complain, and she was going to speak to them about it. No matter to us, we are on our way to San Francisco!    We parked near the Golden Gate Bridge after driving over it, and walked down to Fort Point National Historic Site, located directly beneath the south side of the bridge.   This fort guarded San Francisco during the Civil War era, and was the last brick-and-morter fort constructed in the United States.  We toured the fort, even got a few passport stamps there, and also explored a nearby pier.  We walked out onto the Golden Gate Bridge, but Dawn was scared of the heights and wind, so we didn't go all the way across.

Fisherman's Wharf
  She beat it back to land while Tyler and I took pictures.   We had a good view of Alcatraz prison from up here.

We then drove to the Marina district, and toured Fisherman's Wharf.  We had lunch at one of the little places on the water, then we went into the Musee Mecanique, a museum full of antique coin operated machines, dating back to the turn of the century, and they all still worked! (except they have been converted from pennies to quarters) Behind the museum along the pier, they had a couple of WWII ships on display.  The USS Pompanito, SS383, a WWII Submarine, and also a Liberty Ship.

We walked down to Pier 39, on the way we bought a couple of pencil drawings from a vendor on the street. While walking to the Pier, Dawn got "bombed" by a swooping seagull! We watched the famous Pier 39 seals for awhile, then we got some ice cream and watched a magic show that was going on.

The Seals of Navy Pier
Dawn was excited to see an antique carousel there as well.  When we finished our tour of Fisherman's Wharf, we headed out...but not before taking a ride down Lombard Street, known by The Guiness Book Of World Records as "the crookedest street in the world".  There was actually a line of cars waiting to go down that street, as it is a well known San Francisco tourist attraction, while people who actually lived on that street looked on in amusement.  Tyler jelousley watched some kids who were skateboarding down it as well!  My only regret was that we didn't have time to go up Coit Tower, which offers a wonderful view of the city and The Golden Gate Bridge.  I took some great photos of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge from up in the tower, the last time I visited here back in 1998.  We just didn't have time today, we need to move on and get closer to tomorrows destination....Yosemite National Park!

jostravel says:
You wouldn't catch me walking along that bridge! I'm with Dawn there - I'd be firmly on safe ground :)
Posted on: Apr 18, 2016
m49erfan says:
What a great entry about San Francisco. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's my favorite city in the whole world. I'll be there so soon!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2007
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Fort Point, under the Golden Gate …
Fort Point, under the Golden Gate…
Fishermans Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
The Seals of Navy Pier
The Seals of Navy Pier
Nice view of the Bridge
Nice view of the Bridge
Alcatraz Prison
Alcatraz Prison
Wishful thinking?
Wishful thinking?
Me & Tyler
Me & Tyler
Trail to the waterfront
Trail to the waterfront
Even here, Tyler finds a Bananna S…
Even here, Tyler finds a Bananna …
Bunker on the Bay
Bunker on the Bay
tunnel on the trail
tunnel on the trail
Fishing pier
Fishing pier
Catch of the day!
Catch of the day!
Of course, Dawn befriends a small …
Of course, Dawn befriends a small…
Fort Point is the brick building j…
Fort Point is the brick building …
view of the bridge from the fishin…
view of the bridge from the fishi…
another San Francisco mainstay
another San Francisco mainstay
Entrance to the Fort
Entrance to the Fort
marker plate on the Fort
marker plate on the Fort
Inside the courtyard of Fort Point
Inside the courtyard of Fort Point
View from the top of the Fort, loo…
View from the top of the Fort, lo…
Ty admires the cannons
Ty admires the cannons
cannonballs
cannonballs
I think they used this tool to car…
I think they used this tool to ca…
bowling, anyone?
bowling, anyone?
When Dawn said she was going to th…
When Dawn said she was going to t…
They had a whole room full of these
They had a whole room full of these
bomb display in the fort
bomb display in the fort
display of soldier stuff
display of soldier stuff
Battle Damage?
Battle Damage?
Underside of the Golden Gate Bridg…
Underside of the Golden Gate Brid…
I think cannons used to be mounted…
I think cannons used to be mounte…
the narrow Golden Gate was the mos…
the narrow Golden Gate was the mo…
nice shot of flag and bridge
nice shot of flag and bridge
lots of ship traffic passes throug…
lots of ship traffic passes throu…
Can you tell it was windy?
Can you tell it was windy?
Dawn poses
Dawn poses
me too!
me too!
up on the bridge itself now
up on the bridge itself now
Looking down at the Fort, from Gol…
Looking down at the Fort, from Go…
Dawn was to nervous to walk across
Dawn was to nervous to walk across
She chose to wait for us at the be…
She chose to wait for us at the b…
Tyler and I ventured out
Tyler and I ventured out
we were just there!
we were just there!
It seems so far away now
It seems so far away now
Unfortunately, the bridge is a pop…
Unfortunately, the bridge is a po…
Dont do it! Help is available!
Don't do it! Help is available!
A MISSILE is a MISDEMEANOR??
A MISSILE is a MISDEMEANOR??
Ty breaks out the binoculars
Ty breaks out the binoculars
Gulls made themselves at home on p…
Gulls made themselves at home on …
heading over to Pier 39
heading over to Pier 39
Pier 39 seals
Pier 39 seals
plenty of seals snoozing on the ra…
plenty of seals snoozing on the r…
occasionally, one would roll off i…
occasionally, one would roll off …
Dawn loves Carousels
Dawn loves Carousels
Dawn found some well-dessed dogs
Dawn found some well-dessed dogs
We never made it to Coit Tower
We never made it to Coit Tower
Looking up at Lombard St, the croo…
Looking up at Lombard St, the cro…
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