Views from the San Francisco Bay (Estuary)

The Kitty Kat
So my latest travel was with San Francisco Whale Tours.  It was a ninety minute tour out on the San Francisco bay and Eva was the marine biologist that was with us on the trip.  Being from Ohio it just amazes me every time I go out on the bay.  This is my 3rd trip out on the bay I believe and I still love the view from the boat.  This boat in particular is named the Kitty Kat.  The boat takes you out and under the Golden Gate Bridge and returns going around on the back side of Alcatraz island.

While we were out on the water we saw some Harbor Porpoises playing in the water, some seals swimming and sunning themselves, and various birds.  The Harbor Porpoises are a smaller version of a dolphin and they are black.  The seals were all in the water so the best guess is that they were harbor seals.  The birds I saw were sea gulls, pelicans, and a black bird that looked like a loon.  Oh and I shouldn’t forget about the famous seals that you can see at the end of Pier 39.  I have some pictures of them below.

Growing up as a kid we were only two and a half hours from Lake Erie, which would rival the bay in some sense but we never went there.  In case you don’t know Ohio is surrounded by land (the Ohio river on the southern edge) on 3 sides.  Only the northern side of the state is about 75% lake front.  So now that I’m living next to the ocean again (I was living next to the Gulf of Mexico while living in New Orleans) I just love being able to go down to the piers or even out on a boat like this.

If you live in the city or you’re coming to visit I recommend going on a boat ride.  It is a great way to spend an afternoon.  You can take MUNI down to Pier 39 and then have a nice casual lunch at any of the restaurants along the piers.  Then take the cruise at 3:30 PM and be back at 5 PM.  There are a lot of tourist that go there but I think the boat ride is well worth it.  The boat rides are fairly inexpensive and if you go down to Fisherman’s Wharf there are some that you can do on the fly so you don’t have to schedule ahead.  The one trip I took was only $15 a couple of years back and was on a smaller fishing boat.



Wait Wait My Heart Just Skipped a Beat…

Today I was walking down 11th Street here in San Francisco when what did I come across? The Soma Streat Food Park!  I’m sure it’s no great surprise to anyone that food is what got my attention.  The food trucks here in San Francisco have such good food though!  This place looked really nice.

SoMa StrEat Food Park

The trucks were all lined up along the outer edge of the parking lot and they’ve even built a shelter in the middle for people to sit under.  There were picnic tables too scattered  through the lot.  Being from Ohio it reminded me of going to the fair and all the food trailers.  Oh those are some good eats

So I didn’t stop tonight but you be assured I’ll be stopping at some point.  It’s not really in a part of town that I would normally go to BUT I love the thought of supporting the food trucks.  If anyone goes to it please leave us a note and let us know how it was…

Driving down the California coast

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The July 4th weekend I drove down the California coast. It was a beautiful drive because highway 1 goes right down close to the coast.  Some people think that the holiday traffic would be horrifying but in this case it was kind of nice.  It was a nice slow drive down the coast line and I could see the beaches and ocean.

I started here in the southern part of San Francisco and I got on CA Highway 1 outside of Pacifica.  Of course Pacifica has a beach in it and so traffic came to a screeching halt shortly after I got on highway 1.  It took a while to get past Pacifica but then I was able to drive a little more consistently down the coast.

I drove down to Santa Cruz on California Highway 1.  It was nice to see all the small farms along the way.  There was organic farms selling all kinds of vegetables.  I remember seeing Peas and Strawberries.  It was nice to see on one side of the car the ocean and the other side was small rolling hills with the farms.

Once I got to Santa Cruz I started to head inland towards San José.  That was a nice drive because on one side  there was gorge on the passenger side and the other side was going straight up the hill.  It was very nice but again you had to pay attention to the curves in the road.

The trip only took about 4 hours but it was a nice drive that I’m sure I’ll do again and make some stops along the way.  I would definitely like to stop at Bonny Doon Vineyard.  I remember stopping there with my friends on a trip several years ago and it was pretty nice.

Till next time, look for a day trip in your area!  There are tons of things to do in your neighborhood so get out there and find them.

Just a little drive

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Last night I had a gig with the San Francisco Freedom Band and the function was being held at the San Francisco Art Institute.  I had another band member go with me as my navigator.  So most of the ride was your normal cross city drive but we had some extra time so we drove down Lombard Street.  Lombard Street has the distinction of being the most crooked street in the world.  I have to say the houses on the street were beautiful.  Also you never have to worry about people speeding by your house.

The Art Institute was a nice facility.  There was a beautiful view from one of the terraces.  It was overlooking the bay.  There was a wonderful courtyard.  I would guess that they use the courtyard for events often.

On the way home we drove through the Stockton Street Tunnel.  My navigator told me that the tunnel is used for car chases and movie shoots.  It was kind of interesting driving under Chinatown and coming out next to Union Square.  It always amazes me how things like the Stockton Tunnel are over looked.  I guess it’s like seeing a cow in Ohio.

So that was my tourism in a couple of hours.  Just a drive from one part of town to another.  More to come as I make these little trips around the San Francisco area.

Sucessful trip

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Well I’m in San Francisco and I’m working on getting settled in to my new life.  The trip went well and I am tired.  So now I’m in the process of getting some things done.

  1. Find a job
  2. Find a doctor
  3. Touch base with the San Francisco Freedom Band
  4. Start looking for a place to live
  5. Establish connections with old friends
  6. Go have a drink at my favorite bar, Edge.

So now I start my new life in San Francisco.  Working to get established and begin from square one.  Well that’s not really true.   I’ve been here in San Francisco a number of times and I know people.  So now I just need to drive in and get started.

Hello everyone!

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So I’m Tuba and I’m going to start a journey in my life that many think is scary.  I’m all for change and adventure so follow me as I travel across the US to San Francisco.  I’ve been going there for years but now I’ve made the decision to move there.  I have a whole support network already set up so all I have to do is show up and find a job.  Of course finding a job today is going to be somewhat a challenge.

So I leave Friday April 1st for a four day trip across the US.  I plan on stopping in Oklahoma City, OK, Flagstaff, AZ, and Las Vegas, NV to spend the night and get some much needed sleep.  I’ll try to make postings each day and let people know how the trip has gone.  I’ll try to include some pictures as well.

My friend Ray will be traveling along with me.  This should be interesting and a laugh a minute.  Ray and I have known each other since out days in College.  At Otterbein University we were fraternity brothers in Sigma Delta Phi and good friends.  Luckily for me we’re still great friends and enjoy spending time together. I’m sure there will be some great pictures of the two of us ‘yucking’ it up as we try to keep each other going on this trip.