Friday, September 11, 2009

Day 3 - San Francisco ... Lombard St, Old Ships, Fire Engine, Coit Tower

Busy, busy day to day. We started with a ride on the cable car up Hyde St to the intersection of Lombard. The section below Hyde St is referred to as the crookedest street.


The walk back down Russian Hill to the wharf was steep but at least we were going downhill ... plus we enjoyed beautiful views and more old houses.


Down at the wharf we visited the San Francisco Maritime Historical NP. They had a selection of old ships to walk around, with displays. They also have a submarine but that was on a different wharf and we didn't quite make it over there.


The kids did the Junior Ranger program which operates at many of the national parks. They complete some activities and make a pledge to recieve a Junior Ranger badge for that park. Here they had to complete some activities including scavenger hunts. designing there own figurehead and matching the correct ships to their jobs ... the kids love it.


One thing we hadn't done yet was cross the Golden Gate Bridge. We took a Fire Engine Tour, a great way to see the bridge especially on such a beautiful day ... with the open top and sides we had unimpeded view of the bridge. The tour included commentory through the streets of San Francisco and Sausalito as well as regular sing-a-longs.


On the Marin county side of the bridge we had a stop for photos and the kids got to ring the bell.



After the tour we hopped on a bus for the ride up Telegraph Hill to Coit Tower.


All around the inside walls are murals.


We caught the lift up ... a bit of a wait and very squishy ... to check out the views from the top. Pretty spectacular.


Don't worry they're just providing a distraction to the people waiting for the lift back down.


As we walked down the Filbert St Steps were very glad we had caught the bus up the hill.


See all day 3 photos HERE.

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