Jill and I decided to spend some time in San Francisco, during July, to celebrate our thirty-third year of marriage. Our anniversary date is on August 7th. However, as we were en route on Sunday, July 13th, we were informed of an unexpected death in the family. We were also told the funeral would be held Thursday morning. Therefore, we had to cut a week-and-a-half trip down to two days. We wrapped up our anniversary celebration in Salt Lake City on our anniversary with a dinner at the Cheesecake Factory Restaurant and a temple session at the Salt Lake Temple.
Jill and I spent Sunday evening the 13th of July at the Fairmont San Francisco hotel on Mason Street. We got up early and checked out so as to see as much of the city as possible before heading back home that evening for Tyler’s funeral service.
The first place we visited was Coit Memorial Tower atop Telegraph Hill to get a good overall view of San Francisco and the Bay. The 210-foot tower was built by a philanthropist named Lillie Hitchcock Coit. I have included pictures in the San Francisco gallery which can be found at the end of this post.
Jill wanted to drive down Lombard Street, so we traveled to the other side of town to do that. Located in the Russian Hill district, Lombard Street is known as “the most crooked street in the world” because of its eight sharp turns on a 40-degree slope. The turns, known as switchbacks, were built in the 1920’s to allow traffic to descend the steep incline. The street zigzags around beautiful flowers and shrubs and offers an excellent view of the bay. I have included pictures in the San Francisco gallery below.
Of course, we had to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and take a few pictures which are also posted in the San Francisco gallery below. The Golden Gate Bridge (Highway 101 North) links San Francisco with Marin County. Before its completion in 1937, the bridge was considered unbuildable because of foggy weather, 60-mile-per-hour winds and strong ocean currents sweeping through a deep, rugged canyon below. At a cost of $35 million, the 1.2-mile bridge took more than four years to build. Eleven men lost their lives during construction.
Next, we headed over to the Golden Gate Park specifically to tour the Japanese Tea Garden. We also visited the Conservatory of Flowers. Golden Gate Park is among the world’s greatest urban parks. It is approximately three miles long and one-half miles wide covering over 1,017 acres of grassy meadows, wooded bike trails, secluded lakes, open groves, and gardens. Pictures are displayed in the Golden Gate State Park gallery below.
Finally, we ended this whirlwind tour of San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf, which is located on the Jefferson Street Promenade. We only spent a few hours there and primarily watched the street performers. Jill and I had lunch at our favorite seafood restaurant “Alioto’s” and then decided to call it a day. Pictures are posted below in the Fisherman’s Wharf gallery.
Since we had to cut our trip short, I told Jill we would try to return to San Francisco next summer for three or four days to finish up our trip.