San Francisco

San Francisco was just a great place – the day I arrived they were having a “Stupid People” parade – basically you had to dress up as something stupid and you could go in it. Nice.

The place I stayed at was awesome too – The Green Tortoise – I’ve never stayed anywhere with free beer before.

The only downside was that it rained pretty much the whole time I was there. I’m sure it would have been much nicer if the sun had been shining. I could see some of the truth in the Mark Twain quote “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”

The Rock – probably the thing that San Francisco is best known for. Interesting, but I didn’t realise that it wasn’t a federal prison for all that long – around 40 years.

From the shore Getting closer to the Rock Main hallway between cells Guards accommodation

Obligatory Golden Gate photo. It was too cold and wet on the bridge to stop and take photos

Golden Gate Bridge

USS Pamplona, a WWII-era sub, moored alongside one of the piers. Well worth having a look onboard. I don’t know how those guys managed in such tight conditions

USS Pamplona

This one surprised me – a bunch of sea lions bask in the sun on Pier 39 – it doesn’t even go back that far, only around 20 years they’ve been going there. You’d think the noise would put them off

San Francisco Sea Lions

That’s not meant to be wetlands out there – it’s supposed to be someone’s farm. Gives you an idea of the amount of rain they were getting. This was up in the Sonoma Valley. Point to note – if you go on a wine tour in San Francisco, don’t expect to visit many wineries. We only went to 3, on an all-day tour.

Farm under water