|Sight seeing by the bay|
|First night in the city|
I've been doing a lot of walking as I expected. Sometimes going up some of the hills here I think I should be wearing my pack, but I've been only too happy to leave it stowed in a locker at the hostel. My first night here I went out to find dinner and happened to look west and there was the Golden Gate Bridge cloaked in gold mist. I walked towards it, dinner pretty much forgotten, and walked for about an hour along the water and through a park. It was a lovely start to my trip. Going up the stairs of Telegraph Hill to Colt Tower I really felt like I should have had my pack for practice. Instead I took a dozen photos of the semi-tropic flowers and listened to the wild parrots.
|Sea lions sleeping at Pier 39|
I poked around China Town today. It is a very colorful there. Lanterns hanging over the streets, shops bursting out onto the side walk, and the buildings. I Had lunch there--a huge plate of fried noodles. It was great and very filling. I ended up staying there longer than planned and one of the museums I wanted to go to closed but I ended up going to the cable car museum instead. That was cool to see how the cable cars climb the hills here and to learn about their history. I went on all the lines not to go anywhere but just for fun.
Tomorrow there is a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge tour with the hostel. It's supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Should be an awesome trip.
|The pulley system running the cable cars|