Wednesday, June 5, 2013
San Francisco Excursions
Sometimes when we get to a new location in our travels, we wonder why we booked a week, when two days would have been plenty. And other times we wonder why we did not book two weeks because there is so much to see or do and we end up not having time to do everything. San Francisco is that kind of place. We spent three days over in the city and still did not get to see the De Young Museum or the Conservatory, we never got out to see Pt Reyes, we were going to visit Japantown and that never happened, not to mention touching base with people we knew in the area. But we did manage to find a coveted parking spot near the San Francisco Botanical Gardens one morning and spent a couple of hours wandering its many pathways and just enjoying the precious sunlight.
And another morning we walked to the Larkspur Ferry building from our RV park and were transported across the Bay with excellent views of the Richmond Bridge, The Oakland Bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and Alcatraz. We arrived at the Ferry Terminal in San Francisco after about 30 minutes and we wandered outside to see a street fair across the street where Market Street meets the Bay. Most of the booths were the usual earrings or ceramics, but at the very end was a booth where the paintings were all original oils and the artist was busy painting on his tabletop easel.
Allan spotted a painting right away that he absolutely had to have, of course it was of boats in a harbor. The artist, Frank Dong, was really happy to chat with us and it turns out that he was born in Taiwan where he went to Art School and that he is represented by a Walnut Creek gallery, but he enjoys coming over to show his art to the public while sharing his philosophy of life with his customers. I think his efforts to turn Allan into a vegetarian were in vain however. His landscapes had a real misty, oriental look to them
And so all our days were filled and it was time to move up the coast to Eureka to visit our daughter for more experiences with books, and scenery, and food.