Weekend Getaway in SF

We went to SF for Memorial Day and weren’t planning on going back  so soon but when my very helpful analyst at work found a glitch in the online reservation system for The Palace Hotel the deal was just too good to pass up.  And so, we got into the car and drove up for a weekend in The City (for the millionth time, please don’t call it Frisco).

I just “upgraded” to iOS6 and didn’t even realize that I was going to lose Google Maps until it was too late.  It’s a good thing I was able to use Henry’s phone to navigate through our public transportation options all weekend.

First thing Saturday morning we got up and took the bus to the meeting spot for our Segway tour.  Yes, Segways are dorky but they are also insanely fun.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I am totally addicted after being on 6 other Segway tours: Washington DC, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Chicago, and Seattle. Although Henry had only been on 1 other Segway tour, I figured that we were ready for intimidatingly named “Hills of San Francisco and Crooked Street Advanced Segway Tour.”   While wearing the blue safety vest did not make us very stylish in our photos, we did have a great time and didn’t hurt ourselves. Unfortunately, one of the girls on the tour with us wasn’t so lucky and fell off her Segway going down a steep hill. I don’t think she was ready for the “Advanced” tour.

After the Segways, we roamed over to Pier 33 to take the boat to Alcatraz.  It’s hard to imagine that even though I grew up close to SF, I had never been to Alcatraz before. The prison itself ended up being smaller and in poorer condition than expected; however, the view of SF from Alcatraz was breathtaking. I know it’s extra touristy but I’m glad I finally checked this attraction off my list.


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