Monday, December 31, 2007

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation - Episode One

It was a bright and sunny day and we needed to decide what to do for Christmas. Ok, it wasn't that dramatic, but we really did need to decide what to do. Kymberli and I wanted to do something different and fun. We thought about it and she came up with a great idea - to go to San Francisco!

So we had it all planned out and set our course. We'd hit S.F. for two days, Napa Valley for 2 days and then Oregon to visit her sister for 2 days. What an adventure! It was a great deal of traveling, but worth it.

When we got to San Francisco we were so different than most vacations. Instead of unpacking a little, relaxing for a few and deciding what to do we tossed our bags on the bed, grabbed our cameras and shouted 'Yee-haw' and scooted out the door. Ok, maybe I went too far on the "Yee-Haw" part, but we WERE excited.

We had a tour of Alcatraz set and needed transportation to the ferry, so we did what every person needs to do when they go to San Francisco - you need to take the trolley. It might be a bit longer and more expensive, but come on, it's a historic landmark.

We enjoyed the ride and the walk along Fisherman's Wharf. We only had to wait for 20 minutes or so and we boarded the ferry to the island. It was a bit chilly, but I think that made our tour that much more memorable. Alcatraz is desolate and very deceiving. It is only 1.25 miles from the mainland, but with the current and frigid waters escape would have been nearly impossible. I won't get into details about the island as you can look it up or go on a tour yourself. Here are some of the photos I took while on our tour. Enjoy them. Episode Two will follow shortly... I still have to go through the images. The best part of Day 2 was sharing a romantic sunset dinner at Pier 39 with my lovely wife. To be continued...

The irony with this photo is the bright, warm sunlight reaching through this window... directly outside of solitary confinement. It was almost teasing when you think about it.


kymberli q. said...

The last few photos are simply awesome!!

Barb said...

Can't wait for day 2! Great photos Al.