petek, 28. november 2014

SF Bay Area

Las Vegas is great, but there are so many wonderful places to visit in the US, I can't resist seeing a few more of them each time I'm there.  This year I chose the San Francisco Bay Area after Vegas and Olympia.  It's not as warm, but it's packed with things to do and sights to see.

 I started with the Berkeley in the East Bay.  While out walking around the Marina, I ran into a small photography class and just had to pose for them :)  and took a nice walk out on the Berkeley Pier too.

Afterwards had a terrific brunch at Wat Mongkolratanaram, a Thai Buddhist temple that serves some outstanding food.  Then it was off to have a tour of the University of California at Berkeley, the best public University in the US and climbed up into the Berkeley hills for a magnificent view of the SF Bay area.  Not the clearest day, but you can still see the Oakland Bay bridge and across to San Francisco and the Golden Gate, etc.
After that there were a few rays of sunshine as I got on a small charter for sail on the Bay!  There were seals, wind surfers, kite surfers, other sailboats, cargo ships and all kinds of activity ... the Captain even let me guide the boat for a while! Wrapped up the day with a visit and walk out onto the Golden Gate Bridge and a mighty fine salmon dish at the Cliff House.

The next day the fog and clouds were gone and it was a typical, sunny California day!  A beautiful day to visit the beach at Lands End. And I couldn't resist dipping my feet in the ocean just for a little bit :)
There are so many great sports teams in the Bay Area, but Fall is play-off time for baseball and so it was the perfect time to see my first baseball game at the Oakland Coliseum!!  The Oakland A's played the Angels and won! (Oakland did very well this year, and yes, I know the Giants won the World Series, but they were playing down in San Diego during my visit)  And what is a baseball game without beer and hot dogs!  Not typical body builder food, but it's a special occasion! :D


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