Now.....on to the adventure of sailing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time ever on a Disney ship.....
Sailing under the Golden Gate and into San Francisco was fun! The top decks of the ship had lots of cruisers who were willing to brave not only the early morning hours but the brisk morning winds. We all looked like we'd just rolled out of bed----because we had----and thrown on something warm---because we had----to be there....but we were all there together, so it was cool! Here is a cornucopia of pictures that we took while we were sailing under the bridge:
|Sunrise over the Bridge from the deck of the ship.|
|The full bridge from the back of the ship.|
|This is my favorite---with the signature stacks of the ship and the bridge in the background.|
For those of you who know us well or have vacationed with us, you will be surprised to hear that we decided to spend the day off our ship....OURSELVES! Usually when we take a cruise, we always book "official" excursions through the cruise line because I don't want the bother of having to figure those things out myself AND because I just feel safer that if anything goes wrong, Disney will take care of it. (A fear of mine is that I would organize my own outing and then a car would break down or something and we will miss the boat!). Well, in San Francisco we were staying overnight...we could get off the boat about 8am on Friday and don't have to be back on until 3pm on Saturday....and the excursions we researched through the cruise line were OK, but not great....and many of them conflicted....so we ventured out on our own!!
Our agenda for the day involved getting off the boat and getting a rental car...and then hitting a few sight-seeing spots: Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Muir Woods and Alcatraz. It was an ambitious itinerary for the day...but we were excited.
We started by walking to get our car and stopped by Pier 39----in San Francisco, this pier is where the wild sea lions live. I love animals----everyone who knows me knows that I love any excursion or experience where I can see animals. Here are some images of these cool animals that just live in this harbor:
|A picture of me standing in the port with the ship behind me.|
The park has a main area that is paved or has wooden boardwalk-style walkways where most visitors tour the main area....but then there are also a lot of "off road" trails that are not paved and that explore the hillsides, river, waterfalls, forest and mountainous areas. One of the reasons we wanted to do this park on our own was so we had time to really explore since Jason and I can both really get into a nature hike now and then....so we did. In the end, we ended up walking for over 2.5 hours and it worked out to be a little over 6.5 miles total---over very hilly and rough terrain and up to a pretty good altitude! We were exhausted, but we LOVED it! Here are some of the great pictures we took:
|This is another of Jason's panoramic shots----we're really loving this feature of his phone's camera!|
After our fun (but exhausting) morning, we headed back to the car and drove back to San Francisco proper. We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in the area around the ship so we returned our car and hung out in the Fisherman's Wharf area (plus, Jason had never eaten at an "In & Out Burger" so we decided to eat there for the experience). We took this shot of the sign for the neighborhood....which is also included on our door magnet:
Here are some photos from our "sentence" at Alcatraz:
|View from the ferry.|
|The showers of Alcatraz.....one long gross open hallway with shower heads coming down from the ceiling...like a bathing trough!|
|Doing time at Alcatraz!!|
|One of the more "nicely" decorated cells.|
|View of the city (and, yes, that's the Disney Wonder to the left) from Alcatraz island.|