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Touring Frisco
We helped ourselves to breakfast and briefly discussed what the plan for the day was. Once again we let Ursine pilot us in her Mercury. One of the first points on the agenda was Golden Gate Bridge, the trademark of San Francisco and probably the most famous bridge in the world. Indeed it was quite exhilarating to drive across this famous structure. We went to the north shore and drove into the hills that overlook the entire Bay Area in order to take some pictures.

The climate of Middle California was quite different than what we had gotten used to in LA. A strong wind contributed to the chilly feel of the day; it couldn't have been more than 60F even though the sun was shining. The view from the hills was nice but we didn't stay around for longer than we absolutely had to.

We headed back across Golden Gate and into San Francisco. We toured the characteristic streets that are made famous by car chases in films such as "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen, and "Dirty Harry" with Clint Eastwood. Our speed was somewhat more leisurely but we weren't chasing criminals in the first place. The next stop was the Coit Tower, a lookout point, which also gave a nice elevated view of the area. To the east we could see Oakland and other bridges that span the Bay. In the other directions the financial district with its skyscrapers, and the to the west the ocean could be seen.

San Francisco is also famous for its streetcars. We rode one for a few blocks in order to get to another landmark: Lombard Street, probably the most crooked street in the world.

Next we drove across town, left the car in a parking complex and headed towards the seaport on foot. The wharves were crammed with tourists and vendors. We discovered that the next ferry to Alcatraz wouldn't leave for ages so we dropped the idea of visiting this infamous prison. Instead we strolled along the piers and watched a large colony of sea lions occupy several low, wooden jetties.

By this time hunger began to take control of us. We decided for Chinese for a change and none of us regretted the choice. We could choose from several types of chicken, seafood, and, of course, rice. The food was excellent and cheap as well.

Later we visited Ghirardelli's, a large chocolate store. It carried every type of chocolate imaginable, everything from the darkest to the whitest. Everybody sought out his or her personal favorite before we headed back to the car.

To round the sightseeing off, we went to a bar on the Pacific Shore. From our table we had a lovely view to the Ocean and the setting sun. We stayed for more than an hour while chatting and writing postcards.

Later that evening back at the house we decided to go see a movie. We had to hurry if we were to catch the 10:30 PM showing of "Mission: Impossible" in the local Century Cinema. We missed the opening credits but at least we were able to find our seats in the darkness. The film wasn't as bad as "Twister" but that didn't stop Niels from catching a nap toward the end. It must have been all that fresh seaside air!

<<May 28, 1996<<


Day 00: Prelude
Day 01: Leaving NC
Day 02: Tupelo, MS
Day 03: Henryetta, OH
Day 04: Roswell, NM
Day 05: Flagstaff, AZ
Day 06: Las Vegas, NV
Day 07: Victorville, CA
Day 08: Long Beach, CA
Day 09: Los Angeles, CA
Day 10: Thousand Oakes, CA
Day 11: Malibu, CA
Day 12: Lompoc, CA
Day 13: Lompoc, CA
Day 14: Palo Alto, CA
Day 15: Palo Alto, CA
Day 16: Fallon, NV
Day 17: Escalante, UT
Day 18: Grand Junction, CO
Day 19: Lafayette, CO
Day 20: Colby, KS
Day 21: St. Louis, MO
Day 22: Knoxville, TN
Day 23: Burlington, NC
Epilogue: Author's notes



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