No vacation to San Francisco would be complete without visiting the world famous Pier 39.
Lots of tourists and locals come to watch the seals sunning themselves on one of the many seal floating platforms.
Very clear day to get a great shot of Alcatraz Island in the Bay. There are tour boats to take you to see the prison. Remember seeing the movies "Escape from Alcatraz" and the "Birdman of Alcatraz"..true stories.
This particular day we saw many HUGE barges coming into the Bay with containers of goods from Asia. My picture doesn't really show you how large they are, but this one is "hiding" Alcatraz Island... and to give you a size perspective...the white boat is a very large tour boat.
There is a huge underwater Aquarium by the Bay at Pier 39, and we spent over 2 hours .....simply entranced with all the fish, touching tidepools, 9 ft long 7 gill sharks, & jelly fish that are totally surrounding you and even overhead in big tanks....3 stories high.
This picture of the jelly fish looks fake......but I assure you, these are real.
Naturally, we had to make a stop at the outdoor fresh organic fruit stand. The strawberries were HUGE! I bought a bag of bing cherries.
It's always fun to see all the sailboats and makes you wonder why they aren't all out on the water on such a beautiful day.
I'll end this again with another beach picture.........sigh! My favorite "playpen" in the whole world is the beach.
Shhhhh......it's a secret....don't tell anyone, but I love the beach even more than my sewing/quilting. Can you tell?