Anniversary Weekend No. 2: San Francisco – Boats, Planes and Chocolate

As promised, here is part 2 (of 3) of our anniversary weekend trip to San Francisco. Go see our photos from Part 1, Fisherman’s Wharf.

So, we left off at lunch last time…after we finished eating, we walked a few blocks down to Hyde Street Pier where they have a bunch of old ships. It’s actually part of the US National Parks Service!

We walked out to the end of the pier (that part was free…you have to pay to board the ships). When we reached the end of the pier, the air show started. We actually had a pretty decent view of the show – even as we moved around the city from Fisherman’s Wharf to the bus stop that we’d be taking to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Along our walk to the bus stop, we had to stop at the old Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory (it’s now a bunch of shops, including an ice cream/chocolate shop). This was one of John’s favorite places we visited during the day.

We then headed to the bus stop, barely missing the bus. As we arrived at the actual stop, it said another bus would be there in 20 minutes or so. However, it was almost 90 minutes later before we were on a bus heading to the Golden Gate Bridge! Yeah, not a fan of the MUNI system…AT ALL. We did end up with a pretty good view of the air show, though.When I first saw this plane, my heart skipped a beat and images of New York flashed through my head. Apparently these types of planes are part of air shows all the time (according to my aviation-minded husband). Certainly scared me a bit!

These were what we were really excited to see…the Blue Angels.

Just before the end of the show, we were finally boarding a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge. And it only took us about 45 minutes to get there because of the massive amount of construction going on at the bridge. What a mess and how frustrating!

Next post will be all about our trip across the Golden Gate Bridge and our nighttime ride on the Hyde Street Cable Car!


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