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San Francisco – Fisherman's Wharf

fisherman's grottoOur Family’s ZigZagging Driving-Walking-Driving Tour in San Francisco

Once we found out where we were in the City by the Bay (# 4 on the map - street parking near Trader Joe’s on Bay Street), our family voted unanimously to walk to the bay and see if we could find Fisherman’s Wharf.

We didn’t know exactly where we were going, but we walked in the direction of the bay. We knew the bay was close when we smelled fish. We figured Fisherman’s Wharf was close when we saw the Fisherman’s Grotto (# 5 on the map).

We knew we had arrived when we saw this sign.

Walking from our parking spot, we stumbled upon Pier 45 (# 6 on the map) first.
We knew we had happened upon a historic treat, when we saw this warehouse
and its sign.

DSCN2045At Pier 45, we happened upon historic ships docked in the San Francisco Bay.

We discovered that these ships are part of the
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.

We didn’t take the time to tour the USS Pampanito (#7 on the map)or the ‘SS Jeremiah O’Brien.

But we did take the time to read
the wayside exhibits.

We learned that the USS Pampanito is a decommissioned WW II era submarine, which fought many battles and sunk 6 enemy ships. We learned that the ‘SS Jeremiah O’Brien is a Liberty Ship. We learned that Liberty Ships were America’s answer to Hitler’s U-Boats.

fisherman's wharfNot only did we see historic ships, but we also saw a Mark 14 Torpedo.

Not only did we learn about historic ships and underwater weapons, but also we were introduced to Robin Rosie the Riveter.

The more I learned about Rosie the more I liked her.

Rosie was a workhorse in the home and in the factory. She knew how to use an electric mixer and operate a drill.

The more Belle learned about Rosie the Riveter, the more she wanted to meet Rosie’s friend, Wendy the Welder.

pier 45(Side note: When we visited Grandpa and Granner in Indiana in July
on our road trip adventure across the USA, Grandpa taught Belle
how to weld.)

At Pier 45, not only did we happen upon historic ships, underwater weapons, and female role models, but we also came across great views of the San Francisco Bay.

We didn’t need a sightseeing guide book
to identify this historic and iconic island
in the San Francisco Bay.

We may not have needed a guide book to identify Alcatraz Island, but I did need Google to help me identify the Old Port Gate (on the far right in this photo).

After we stumbled upon Pier 45 and happened upon a historic treat, we lucked upon the Musee Mecanique. (stop #8 on the map)

This interactive museum displays hundreds of mechanical machines, which date back to the 1800s and also include the video games of today. There is no admission fee to this museum, but you do have to pay to play the games.

In Musee Mecanique, we checked out mechanical pianos and a Barber Shop Quartet; a fortune teller and an arm wrestler; photo booths and a Mutoscope;

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Question about living elsewhere / and Austin, TX

by greenguy

Someone on here said mentioned that living in a town other than San Francisco was the equivalent of being the closeted drama-teacher in the stereotypical small town. No offense to whoever said that (I think it's not true), but does anyone know anything about Gay Life in Austin, Tx? I've heard it's a pretty cool, laid-back, liberal, gay-friendly place. I don't need anyone to tell me it aint SF, because nothing is, but I'm just wondering if anyone has expereicne with Austin. Cos to fhousing is much cheaper (but then salaries are probably lower). Also, 'Gay Guide to the USA' travel book raves about it

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