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From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay
June 30, 2005
On our second visit, the weather was totally in contrast from the other time. It was sunshine and bright. The skies were impeccable. The day was so perfect to do anything. Near to Fisherman's Wharf, we rented a tandem bicycle from "Wheel Fun Rentals" located on 2739 Taylor Street. The congenial owner of the shop laid out a detailed map of Fisherman's Wharf and gave us suggestions for where we could ride. Before we left for our adventure, he reiterated not to hesitate to give him a call if anything unexpected happened.
Not far from point of origin was Pier 39, a few blocks away from Fisherman's Wharf. The distant, boisterous barking of the sea lions was audible. Getting close, the stench of them was even stronger and almost filled the air. A multitude of frolicking sea lions were sunbathing under the afternoon sun while enjoying the sea breeze rolling from the bay. It was a nice big family! Annually, sea lions tend to migrate to Channel Island (350 miles to the south) during summer months, but still, small, loyal groups of them opt to stay in Pier 39. Perhaps it is still a source of trust after all.
At the dead end of Pier 39, there was a bay walk offering a view of Alcatraz Island. The Bay is a busy one. Every interval of 15 minutes, a ferry to Alcatraz Island glides back and forth. Sometimes, Bay cruises sail across San Francisco Bay toward Golden Gate Bridge. Besides these tourist transports, the Bay bustles with other activities ranging from security patrol—police boats and U.S. Coast Guard—to commercial vessels; tankers to container ships carrying millions of tons of oil every year. With luck, you may see racing whaleboats or even colossal aircraft carriers!
Before our bicycle rental was due in another 20 minutes, the numbers of our wheels' revolutions doubled. My husband was peddling fast, and I joined in from behind, doing the job great till we arrived at Pier 14.
Pier 14 may not ring a bell to most people. Comparative to Pier 39, it was quiet. But it has a great lookout to the panoramic Bay Bridge (I-80), which links San Francisco to other part of cities in the east. One of the distinguishable features of I-80 was the exterior coating of silvery gray paints and a double-decked bridge; the lower deck serves vehicles leaving San Francisco, and the upper deck is for oncoming vehicles.
Left with three minutes, we departed for "Wheel Fun Rentals", panting ever harder, and the bumpy roads hurt our buttocks.
From journal Experience Vicarious Thrills of San Francisco
by Adventures With Adam
July 27, 2002
Sea lions differ from seals in that seals are barkless and have no external ears. Of course, these are wild animals, not trained circus critters, so they won’t do tricks, and it’s illegal to feed or disturb them. Still, it’s fascinating to watch them both for their grace in the water and their social interactions. A sea lion will glide through the bay, pop out onto one of the crowded floating docks, and lumber over his resting colony mates, which then nip at him.
If you get tired of watching the sea lions, just take a look around. Spread before you are the many landmarks of San Francisco Bay: Ghiradeli Square, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Marin Headlands. If there was ever a Kodak picture point, this is it. Set the camera on panorama mode and snap away.
From journal Adventures in San Francisco
March 21, 2002
Reason number one - the sea lions. You've got to admit, these guys, noisy and stinky as they can be, are pretty cute. They sit on the docks next to Pier 39, barking and sunning themselves, pretty successfully ignoring the crowds of people watching from the edge of the pier. Remember, though, if you visit during the peak summer times of June and July, you may not get as good of a show. The sea lions tend to migrate to the Channel Islands during the summer months. While you're there, be sure to check out the Marine Mammal Interpretive Center and store as well as the National Parks store. Both are located on the upper level of Pier 39, right across from the sea lions.
Reason number two - the view. If you go to the end of the Pier 41 (where the boats leave for Alcatraz), you get some pretty nice views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and, turning around, of the city.
Reason number three - people watching. I really shouldn't admit this one, but it's true. The best spot is right in front of the Alcatraz ticket office, where the street performers gather. Watching some of the reactions is usually more entertaining than the performers themselves.
Reason number four - Alcatraz. This really shouldn't even count. All you do is leave from Fisherman's Wharf. Check out my separate Alcatraz entry for info on the attraction that all travellers to San Francisco should see at least once.
There you have it - the reasons I usually get sucked into Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Avoid it if you can. I hope you're more successful than I usually am.
From journal San Francisco Chinese Parade
San Jose, California
August 1, 2001
Street performers seem to flock to the Fisherman's Wharf -- you will not want for entertainment! The hat is passed around at the end of each performance, so be ready for that.
Seafood restaurants also abound, and most serve very good food, but it is probably going to be overpriced. Souvenir shops sell every possible knick-knack you could want ... Alcatraz memorabilia, ocean treasures, 5 t-shirts for a dollar...
Sea Lions gather near Pier 39 in the evening, you can hear them barking from quite a distance. People love to stare and take pictures!
I like going to Pier 39 just because its so alive and bustling with happy people. When the sun sets, you have quite a nice view which should be enjoyed with a loved one. Remember to bring a sweater!
From journal Enjoying "The City"