More People Watching on Pier 39

Embarcadero means a “place to embark”. Looking up this information led me to this 1906 documentary, A Trip Down Market Street. Click on the link and travel down the road. Taken from a cable car weeks before the 1906 earthquake. It is amazing to see what traffic was like then.

My friend and I walked down the Embarcadero to Pier 39. Stop for lunch and do more people watching.

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Vendor stocking his shop

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So many food choices. Go healthy or not?

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Careful those knives are sharp!

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Up, up and away. Having Fun!

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Cute shop on Pier 39

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Love the vest

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Throwing a kiss. Spray paint sidewalk artist has music, movement, and spirit!

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Balloon artist not happy to have a photo taken. Oh well.

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So many cell phones. What is so interesting?

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Watch out for Gulls!

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Old Port Gate frame the ship

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Explanation of height restrictions on the Segway

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Serious driving skills being tested

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And the winner is…

When you grab some fast food you are warned to watch out for birds. They are known for helping themselves to your delicious seafood and sour dough bread.

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Gulls Rule at the Fishermen’s Grotto

 

 

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He earned his tip

Arriving at Pier 41 to take the ferry back to Vallejo.

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Fun day and lots of fun images to add to my memories.

 

San Francisco People Watching

It is summer, and in Fair Oaks that means it is hot. A photography meet-up group planned to meet in Vallejo and travel by ferry into San Francisco. Great escape from the heat, and great way to capture some images with my new Fuji x100f.

The Vallejo Ferry goes to the San Francisco Ferry Building or Pier 41 near Fisherman’s Wharf. The drive is easy, and parking early on this Saturday morning was simple. The parking fee and round-trip ferry ride cost $22.00 (for Seniors). Cheaper than finding parking around the Embarcadero. I like hassle free travel.

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We pass under the Oakland Bay Bridge

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Satisfied with the image

Arrived at the Ferry Building and right away the group scattered. I like to spend the day photographing with a friend, and so Anne and I forged ahead. Preparing for this day I decided that I would focus on little stories or interactions between people. There was no shortage of people out enjoying the day. The San Francisco Ferry Building was getting busy when we arrived just before 10 a.m.

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Artisan Cheese discussion

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An interested by-stander

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Sampling some chocolate

Lighting was tricky, and we decided to head out to walk the Embarcadero. Plan to meet @ Pier 41 for our ferry ride home at 4 pm.

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He shows me what he was eating. Looks yummy.

Families, tourists, and locals crowd the street.

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The little red haired girl caught my friend’s eye. I was interested in how the rest of the family reacted to her getting the attention.

There are lots of ways people travel down the Embarcadero.

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Many tour buses allow for on/off possibilities

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A modern version of a rickshaw

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Go-cart tours stopped in traffic

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Skooter power

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Attention Grabbers from Alcatraz

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Segway tourists take off

My friend and I click away as we walk down the street.

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Spotted this lone man waiting to cross the street

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Having trouble taking everything with him into the restroom

It is about lunch time, and we arrive at Pier 39.

I leave you with the promise to post more from this adventure soon.

Street photography is fun! Where do you go when you want to capture your images?

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts on Vacations: Anticipations, Trepidations and Expectations

When I am home and doing my day to day life I imagine getting away from it all. I start watching travel shows like The Amazing Race and the travel channel. The planning process for this trip takes three months . We considers grandkid’s school vacations, pet sitters availability and parental care needs. This time we arrive at a Spring get-away.

Given the wicked cold winter weather around the country we decide on Hawaii. Destination agreed upon I head to AAA. There I meet my travel agent, Phyllis, and together my trip to Maui formed.  I look through the AAA Tour Book, purchase Maui Revealed and started anticipating sights and sounds.  David plays surf music, and I look for swim wear.  This is really going to happen! It seems so far in the future.

Next haircut I think no fuss and go for a wash and wear, get out of the shower and forget the hair dryer, non straightening do.  My straight as sticks hair of my youth has changed into wavy, then curly, and now an even curlier version.  Perfect for the warm, more humid climate.

Suddenly, last minute preparations are made, and the vacation is at hand. Camera, sun screen, new summer crops and tees ready, and packed.

Bags are packed!

Bags are packed!

Now the trepidations occur. I know I will miss my dog, Libby. We go for a walk every day, and when that is not possible she is with me to make me feel right with the world. She is such a stress reliever. When I am not in my routine sometimes I get to thinking too much, and not in a good way. My parents are not doing well, and decide in the last minute that they need someone close by, and so I arrange for my brother to stay in Sacramento for a couple of days. This requires some changes to my planning, but that gets taken care of quickly.

Perfect Sentiments

Perfect Sentiments

Departing from San Francisco

Departing from San Francisco

Then I am reminded that when you leave home you often take your baggage with you, so to speak. As I said trepidations. At this point, I lower my expectations and think of this as just a quick 7 day trip. No wild zip lines, no scuba diving, and no submarine rides. Just some quiet time photographing sunsets, and interesting scenery.

Airport Art

Airport Art

Airport waiting

Airport waiting

As John Denver says in the song Leaving on a Jet Plane “All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.. I’m leaving on an jet plane…”

Kahului here we come

Kahului here we come

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines

Next post, vacation memories!