San Francisco, CA
 

San Francisco, CA

After having driven up from Laguna Beach to Yosemite and on to Modesto I was looking forward to the shorter distances that I would travel for the remainder of the trip. The first stop was San Francisco.

2006-09-30 10:58

California 2006, San Francisco

I drove from Modesto to Oakland and over the bay to San Rafael (in which the term "420[a]"[b] originated), driving over the rollercoaster-shaped Richmond-San Rafael Bridge[c]. From there I went south to Point Spencer.

At Point Spencer you can see what's left of Battery Spencer[d], part of Fort Baker. The circular slab is one of three used to mount the battery's 12 inch guns.

2006-09-30 10:59

California 2006, San Francisco

2006-09-30 11:22

California 2006, San Francisco

On the top of the hill is this outpost.

On the other side of the Golden Gate bridge and a little bit to the east is Fisherman's Wharf where you can find old ships...

2006-09-30 12:03

California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

...and a lot of stores. In particular camera stores and camera accessories seemed to be the most common stores.

Typical SF architecture.

2006-09-30 12:41

California 2006, San Francisco

2006-09-30 12:43

California 2006, San Francisco

This pictures shows the hilly nature of San Francisco. If you aren't either ascending or descending a steep hill, you have probably left SF altogether.

Rough place, this.

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California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

This is the bendiest street in all of the world. It is Lombard Street, on top of the Russian Hill.

A tram. The trams are driven by cables being pulled through the "middle rail" that you can see. The cables are continuously running and the car is driven by gripping the cable or by applying brakes. You can try driving a tram at Gripman's[e].

2006-09-30 12:57

California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

View of a SF alley.

The sealions at Fisherman's Wharf.

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California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf.

Basketball courts.

2006-09-30 16:15

California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

The Russian Hill. This picture gives you an impression of how hilly SF really is.

The Coit Tower[f] on top of Telegraph Hill.

2006-09-30 16:21

California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

Stairs leading up to the Coit Tower.

View of the tower with the statue of Christopher Columbus in front.

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California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

View toward downtown from Telgraph Hill.

View toward the west from Telgraph Hill.

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California 2006, San Francisco

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California 2006, San Francisco

The Transamerica Pyramid[g], one of the easiest recognizable landmarks of San Francisco. While it no longer houses the Transamerica insurance company, the company still has the pyramid in its logo, as you can see on their website[h].