After I did some writing yesterday, Richard and I continued to stare out the train window. The sites continued to entertain us though probably not to the point of being blog-worthy. We went to dinner and then made up our small beds in our roomette. They may have been small but they were much better than the alternative which was sleeping in a train seat in the coach car. I actually had a fairly decent sleep even though Richard’s alarm went off at 4 AM. I guess he forgot to shut it off from the day before! He toddled off to the observation car to watch the sun rise and I rolled over for another couple of hours of sleep!!
Our train dropped us off at Emeryville at about 8:30. We took a bus into San Francisco via the Bay Street bridge. Now that’s a bridge!! 4.5 miles long!! We definitely looked like tourists as we were oohing and aahing out the bus window! As we had some time to kill before we got into our BNB we went to Pier 39 aka Fisherman’s Wharf. Our first stop was the sea lions – 92 were counted lying on the docks this morning. Some were sleeping and some were playing/fighting and throwing each other off the dock into the water. It kept us amused for some time. We wandered around Pier seeing the shops, had some coffee and went for lunch.
We took our first Uber ever to our BNB. I chose the ride pool option as it was the cheapest and we were in no rush. What a great service!! We picked up and dropped off two other people at two seperate locations along the route. It gave us a chance to see more of the city while saving a few bucks. We feel that we will probably use Uber for much of our time in San Fran.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the people that we have met so far on our journey. In the dining car on the train, you are seated with other people to conserve space and time. At all three meals we met wonderful couples. Yesterday’s lunch was with Connie and Bob from Freeport, CA. They gave us many tips on what to see and do while in the Bay area. Supper was with Ro and Andy from Denver, CO. They were fun loving and we had a very lovely evening with them. Andy used to live in LA so he regaled us with tales of his youth in the big city and what would be great places for us to see. They had also been to Tanzania, Africa on a mission trip which of course was super interesting to us. Breakfast was spent with Jenni and Graham from Australia. Now how lucky can we get!?! They offered a few suggestion on what to see while there but thought that our itinerary looked pretty full already. They even gave us their email address in case we had any other questions. It is people like all of the above that make it so memorable.
As I finish up this post, Richard is looking up places to eat and people to meet before the day is over. Can’t wait for the rest of the adventure to roll out!!