|Golden Gate Bridge towers lost in fog.|
|I helped haul up the sails and swallow the moon.|
|I call this coiffure "Bay Wind Flurry"|
We learned so much from this tour and saw porpoises off the side leaping through the water (is that the right verb? Porpoises leap? I understand they often see whales too). We had incredible views of Alcatraz. I think my camera defaulted to this cool filter. Is my phone smart enough to recognize this historic structure and change its own settings??
|The Rock. I still think you could swim to the mainland.|
|After repainting, someone was hired to redo the historic graffiti|
And here is a neat triptych:
|Alcatraz, sailboat, container ship: they can all share the bay!|
Paul Dines told a touching story about the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brien, docked in San Francisco at Pier 45. For the 50th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, the ship and its original crew sailed all the way back to France to be feted internationally, reviewed by the Queen and "piped" by other appreciative crews. This sturdy ship participated in D-Day and is one of only two Liberty Ships still functioning. Can you imagine this incredible vessel steaming 18,000 miles for six months? Without a single significant repair and arriving at each port ahead of schedule? I'm even tearing up a little typing this, thinking of those 70-year-old sailors back at their stations after so many decades.
|Although we're now paying attention to something else, behind us is the admirable SS Jeremiah O'Brien|
Paul Dines was great!
|Paul Dines, narrating the history cruise|
We passed by the home of Ghirardelli Chocolate, making San Francisco sweet since Gold Rush times...
|I kind of need to make a port of call, stat!|
|Jack had waterfront real estate at one time! And that is fog, not smoke (insert|
"To Build a Fire" joke here)
|Last vestige of original coastline|
|My fun, history-loving friends, wrapped in blankets to ward off sea chills!|
|Me, back near sunny Sausalito. I could shed my blanket and down vest and unzip sweatshirt|
to display the shirt a friend made. I wore a ship shirt on a ship!
|The beautiful Freda B. back at dock|
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