Happy Birthday Mom!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.