the angel island day

Sunday 27 November 2016

I woke up to a beautiful sunny day, a perfect day for a boat ride to Angel Island. After yesterday’s rain and grey sky it was so nice to wake up to a gorgeous blue sky.

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I met up with K at the bottom of Powell Street by the cable car turnaround and we walked the short distance to the F stop on Market Street. She had bought us breakfast taco’s from Burger King and we ate them as we walked.

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As the F turned onto the Embarcadero I spotted the Ferry building and tried to get a good shot. I didn’t, but I swore I would make sure I did another time. Such a gorgeous looking building.

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We got off the F by Pier 39 and walked to the ticket office for the ferry to Angel Island at Pier 41. We got our tickets which were only $16 each return, but it was still way too early so we walked to Starbucks for coffee (they do flat white!).

Back at Fisherman’s Wharf and the seals were keeping me entertained.

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There is also this curiosity, between Pier 39 and Pier 41, Forbes Island. I wasn’t sure what it was or why it was there but I liked the look of it.

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The ferry left at 9:45am for a chilly, windy ride, passing by Alcatraz on the way to Angel Island.

Leaving San Francisco

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The Bay Bridge – this bridge is impressive, very long and double decker

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Hey there Alcatraz

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The iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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We sailed along the west coast of Angel Island

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The ferry terminal is in Ayala Cove on the North West of Angel Island

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The visitor centre which also includes a museum

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There is a picnic area between the beach and the visitor centre, across the water is the Tiburon area

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When we arrived on the island we went to the shop and bought tickets for the tram tour which started at 11:30. We headed to the tram about 10 minutes early. The tram drove around the island, anti clockwise.

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The old hospital at Camp Reynolds

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Camp Reynolds, again, earlier I took a photo of it from the ferry

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The lookout point at Battery Ledyard has the most amazing views of the bay area, from the Bay Bridge, the city skyline, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge

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K and Me

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The tram

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The tour guide/driver pointed out the state rock of California is Serpentine

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Driving past Point Blunt

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The tram continued along the road to Fort McDowell at Quarry Point, which is about two thirds around the island from our starting point.

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And on to the immigration centre

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At this point you can leave the tour and explore the immigration centre, only thing is you have to walk back to Ayala Cove which isn’t really that far. We chose to stay in the tram and continue with the tour, around the north of the island and back to the cove.

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When the tour ended we went to the cafe and took our time having lunch as we had quite a while until the ferry came to take us back to the city.

After lunch we walked along the beach

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I walked past the beach and up a short path and found a cute deer

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After that we sat in the sun for a while. I was kept amused by the water birds, it even seemed like there was a water bird highway out there.

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A close up of some schmancy places across the water in Tiburon

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Back at the jetty waiting for the ferry on it’s way from Tiburon

Hmmm

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Looking down at some crabs

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The ferry

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I was happy to find out that we were going a different way back to San Fran. The black line was the way we went from San Fran to Angel Island and the blue line is the way we returned to San Fran.

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I didn’t see this on the tram tour so I’m glad I got to see it from the ferry

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Coming up to Fort McDowell, Port Quarry

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And past Point Blunt with the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop

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And last of all, past Alcatraz

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Back in the city we were walking to where the F line starts, but stopped at Hot Spud first and had a stuffed, baked potato for dinner. It was so yum. Then we caught the F to the end of the line in Castro.

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We walked down the main street for a little while and caught a bus and we went to K’s house. I met one of her housemates and he seemed like a really nice guy. I stayed for a while, then caught the J back to Powell Street and back to my hotel. I was still a little tired due to jet lag and the 16 hour time difference.

Tomorrow K will be at work so I will be exploring San Francisco on my own.

 

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