Planning for a sunrise bike ride, we awoke early to get going. However the comfort of a hotel didn’t push us out the door until near 9am, so then we decided to wander around rather than bike.
We walked down the the water and around the pier area. I kept wandering farther while Jesse found a place for a haircut and found a hardware store to replace his flagpole/bikestand. My additional walk included the surprise of the Gallery of Fine Arts – a beautiful location as well as more wandering the area.
After meeting back up with Jesse, we were changed to a much larger room since our door didn’t lock properly. This worked as a great upgrade since it was very cramped with the two bikes in the first room, plus in this new room we had two bathrooms, a random but still fun bonus.
Our second walk of the day took us to Japantown, where we stopped for a great Thai lunch, and then we continued on to find the Painted Ladies houses. As we were walking we noticed the neighborhood getting a bit seedier. Jesse was ready to turn around, but I was more stubborn in wanting to see these houses. As we stood at a corner discussing routes, a nice woman came up to us and basically said “go that way” pointing us away from the Painted Ladies. That convinced me that I wouldn’t continue on on my own, so we then continued onto Chinatown, which was also a very interesting area.
On the return to the hotel, we walked up the crooked and well known Lombard street. Every car driving down it seemed to be filled with tourists, as there was someone in each car hanging out the window with a camera to record their drive down the street. While standing at the top of the hill, I watched as a couple quickly got engaged (Jesse had his back to them) and everyone around clapped, all happening quickly before the next car slowly started its way down the road.
Another dinner in a diner completed our day in San Francisco.