We flew to San Francisco on Halloween, so the city was full of ghouls and witches when we arrived. Upon awaking the next morning I was alarmed to see a sign saying “This area contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause Cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm”. What the hell?! I was worried the hotel was built on the site of nuclear waste or similar, and was relieved when I found out it was “just” cigarettes. Which is probably the opposite effect to that which was intended!
We walked to the Embarcadero and along to Pier 39… home of the amazing Sea Lions. I have never seen Sea Lions before and I just thought they were wonderful!!
Sadly, one of the things I do recall about San Francisco was the number of homeless people on the streets. It seemed that there were more homeless people than homed people in some areas.
One day we hired a tandem bike and rode to the Golden Gate bridge. The bridge was cool, and it was a pleasant ride out there, but let me tell you – if you ever want a divorce, get a tandem. It was so difficult to ride, we ended up yelling at each other. “Stop!!” “Don’t stop in the middle of the road!!” “Why did you drive into a hedge?!” etc. Fun times. Next time I would definitely hire two very separate bikes.
We also saw our very first fight, in a food hall. Two female employees shouting “Bitch!!” and slapping each other. Maybe they’d just hired a tandem…
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