Glad to be Home

Donna and I just returned from a great car trip to San Francisco with another couple. We have visited there a couple of times but it has been over 30 years since our last visit. We wanted to see a few things new to us and to refresh our recollection of the historic and cultural sites there. As you might expect, great food was a central theme of our adventure.

There are too many wonderful experiences in SF for me to mention them all but I want to touch on a few. Without doubt our best dining experience was at the Marrakesh restaurant. We had the five course dinner which featured lamb and chicken dishes that were all excellent. The meal was not cheap but was reasonable in line with typical SF prices. This city is not cheap.

We went to two excellent art museums, each quite distinctive. The De Young Museum has img_1684aa broad collection but the extensive array of American art impressed me most. The Asian Art Museum presents objects of all sorts from across Asia spanning the centuries. We only spent a little more than an hour here but could have stayed much longer.

The Fisherman’s Wharf area is known for its seafood restaurants and entertainment venues but it is also home to a number of historic attractions. The SS Jeremy O’Brien, National Liberty Ship Memorial, is one of  only two seaworthy examples of the ship that enabled the “arsenal of democracy” to empower victory in World War II. Almost all of the ship is open to visitors. The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park  has a small museum and several ships: 1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1895 schooner C. A. Thayer, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1907 steam tug Hercules, 1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall and 1890 (circa) San Francisco Bay Ark. You can tell I am a bit of a history buff.

Our lodging was an excellent choice from VRBO.com. We stayed at VRBO Listing #249071 in Cow Hollow. The convenient location and fenced, off-street parking were its strongest points. It is only five years newer than our AP home but has been renovated to modern standards. It is not inexpensive but for two couples it was cheaper than most hotels with parking. Renting during their low season also made it more economical.

A car is difficult to use in SF and we only drove to Sausalito across the Golden Gate for a day trip. We used Uber extensively and had excellent service. In 12 trips our longest wait was four minutes and the largest fee of about $12 plus tip for the four of us on a longer drive at peak time. Lyft would probably serve well too. Parking is difficult or impossible, very expensive also.

Being away for over a week had its down side too. I missed the APNA Board meeting as well as the APHZAB meeting. I wanted to report both meetings on this blog in a effort to keep AP residents more involved and better informed. The good news is that Karen Olson attended the latter img_0913ameeting and will post her report in the next few days. We thought often about our little dog, Lulu even though we knew she was in good hands with her groomer who was house-sitting and neighbor Karen looking in on her each day. One major benefit of travel is that it makes you appreciate home more. We had fun but are really glad to be home.


Author: Ken Taylor

I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.

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