Happy Birthday Mom!

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Starting the day at IHOP.

Well today is my mother's birthday. So we started the day off with breakfast at IHOP. The resturant was a very short walk from the hotel. And the wait for tables was reasonable (about 15 min). Because of the number of people in our party, they had to sit us at two tables. My youngest son and I got to sit together, which was nice. Being the youngest, he has to compete with his brother for my attention, and his brother is more talkative so sometimes he really has to fight to get a word in. While we were eating, Bobby decided to pull a birthday Pearl Harbor on his grandmother. He got up from the table and approached our waitress (near the kitchen) and told her that it was his grandmothers birthday and he wanted to surprises her with a treat.  After breakfast the waitress brought over a huge Strawberry Sundae.

My mother was surprised and all 3 kids did there part in helping her eat her treat. I think her sharing the sundae with them was a pretty big part of her day :)

After breakfast we decided to go get tickets for a tour around San Francisco. We selected the Grey Line Motorized Trolley Tour (see review). We were not leaving for about 30 minutes, and our tour left from in front of Pier 39, so we decided to walk back to take a look at the famous sea lions. There were some there, but not many. But my boys had not see anything like it so we stayed and watched for a while. There were many shops and other activities to do at the pier but we did not have time before the tour so I promised the boys we would spend as much time there as they wanted....when we got back.

Even sea lions get smarter with age. This guy decided he would sleep better away from all the hoopla!

So off we went on our tour. We drove through the Embarcadero area, with the driver telling us stories of the area.  He pointed out the canneries, and where the fishing fleet tied/ties up. Many of the fishing captains have found that they can make money doing charters, and they were on the sidewalk trying to talk people into tours on the fishing boats...out and around Alcatraz. We meandered throught the city until we arrived at a park that was full of remenents (sp) of the Pan Pacific Fair that the city hosted back in 1915.  I believe the tour driver told us the city hosted the fair to try to draw people back to the city after the big earthquake in 1906.  The park has a grouping of columns that onced lined the street of the exposition.

They are really quite beautiful.

After the park we were back on the bus and on our way to Fort Point. This is the civil war error fort that is under the Golden Gate Bridge, on the San Francisco side. There was a display of old cannons inside, and my eldest son was in heaven. He liberated the camera from me (they both had forgotten their own cameras...and dad forgot to remind them to bring them) and took shots of ever single cannon in the fort.  After our visit to the fort, we drove up to the Golden Gate Bridge proper.  My mother had wanted to "Hike the Bridge" but when the kids realized it was 3.2 miles round trip, they quickly put a stop to that idea. And as I did not want to deal with grumpy/tired kids for the rest of the day I thought their arguments made perect sense.

Sea Lion Seranade
  So....we got back on the tour bus. (Quick side note for one of the few funny jokes the bus driver told. What is the difference between a tourist and a hitchhiker?  A hitchhiker is a tourist that missed the bus!). From the Golden Gate, we traveled back into the city. We went thru the old Presido Army base and the surrounding area. Very pretty.  Then past some of the famous Victorian houses up on the hill behind the Presido. On thru China Town, and back to Pier 39.

After the tour it was time for lunch.  Since we were at Pier 39 we decided to eat there. Plenty of little touristy shops and resturants and fast food places. We wandered around for a bit and then the boys told me they wanted to go the aquarium that is there at Pier 39.  We were the only ones that were interested, so we told the rest we would meet them back at the hotel later.

It was early, but the party was already getting started.
  The aquarium was pretty cool, but we are a bit spoiled by living so close to Sea World and the Scripps Aquarium here in San Diego.  After we left the aquarium we were walking down the stairs to get back to the ground level of Pier 39..and I noticed an NFL store. Well my youngest son is a Oakland Raiders Football fan (traitor) so we walked in to see the merchandise.  I found a Raiders ballcap and told him he could have it if he wanted it.  Well he looked around a bit and then had me pay for his hat.  He then promptly took it over to a table where a couple of the Oakland Raider Cheerleaders were sitting and had them autograph it. Kid has pretty good taste :)  We then walked back to the hotel for a rest before we headed out for my mother's birthday dinner.

X_Drive says:
And you didn't even get a picture of them signing his cap?? How rude! LOL :)

Glad you had a good day for your Mom's birthday!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2007
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Starting the day at IHOP.
Starting the day at IHOP.
Even sea lions get smarter with ag…
Even sea lions get smarter with a…
Sea Lion Seranade
Sea Lion Seranade
It was early, but the party was al…
It was early, but the party was a…
Party on.
Party on.
My buddy still didnt care. Been d…
My buddy still didn't care. Been …
These columns are what is left of …
These columns are what is left of…
The kids were all trying to decide…
The kids were all trying to decid…
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This is my favorite picture from …
On the road out to fort under the …
On the road out to fort under the…
The Frisco tower peeking up over …
The 'Frisco tower peeking up over…
Most of the bridge
Most of the bridge
Da bridge!
Da bridge!
Inside the Fort Point was a collec…
Inside the Fort Point was a colle…
Of every single cannon in the fort.
Of every single cannon in the fort.
Look like something from the kids…
Look like something from the kid'…
Civil war error mortar.
Civil war error mortar.
The motorized cable car tour bus.
The motorized "cable car" tour bus.
On the Golden Gate.
On the Golden Gate.
Alcatraz from the Golden Gate Brid…
Alcatraz from the Golden Gate Bri…
These are jelly fish that were at …
These are jelly fish that were at…
I have been stung a couple times o…
I have been stung a couple times …
We decided this fish was BOB.  Big…
We decided this fish was BOB. Bi…
This is my Bob! Will not tell you …
This is my Bob! Will not tell you…
Here fishy fishy fishy
Here fishy fishy fishy
Getting touchy feely with the shar…
Getting touchy feely with the sha…
I thought this tower, pagoda thing…
I thought this tower, pagoda thin…
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