|MSP NW 757-300 7-18-07|
After landing at SFO I went to pick up my bags. My bag was one of the last off the belt so I was beginning to think my luck of not losing bags had run out. Once I got by bag I went down to the BART station and rode that to Montgomery Street and walked a few blocks to Superfly's office. We went and drank beers at the San Francisco Brewing Company. After that we rode the MUNI Ocean Beach route back to his house. Then we went to the Beach Chalet Brewpub for burgers and more beers.
The next day I went downtown via the MUNI rail and then hopped a MUNI PCC Streetcar to the wharf. I didn't like the wharf all that much because it was a lot of the same restaurants I can eat at in other cities, including my own. I did go on a harbor tour and got some cool photos of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Also While down there I toured the Jeremiah O'Brien, which was built in 1943 and is a WWII Liberty Ship. The ship is still functional and her boilers were fired and getting ready to make her way out on a special trip. After telling the engineers I had experience working on a great lakes freighter museum ship (SS Willis B. Boyer in Toledo) they gave me the good tour.
The next morning I got up and went to visit the Anchor Brewing Company, which makes some of my favorite beer. I have always wanted to visit there. I rode the MUNI rail line to Church and then walked a block to Market and got on the 22 Bus. The 22 took me a block from Anchor. The operator on the MUNI train gave me a transfer that lasted four hours so I was able to use that most of the day. The Anchor Brewery was great and I would recommend it to anyone who loves beer.
|Bryan at Anchor Brewery|
|PCC street car Market Street SF|
That night we headed over by the baseball stadium to the 21st Amendment Brewery. The owner, Shaun O'Sullivan, is a fellow Falstaff Beer collector and subscriber to the Falstaff Shield (the quarterly publication I write). Superfly and I met up with him and some of his staff. We had a few beers and BSed for a while.
|Gang from 21st Amendment brewery|
The we were off on BART to the 16th and Mission. We met up with a friend of Superfly's and went out to a great Italian place. The veal was fantastic. I do not remember the name of the place. By then it was too late to take the MUNI back to the fly's so we took a taxi. The next day I got up at 10am and Superfly was snoring away so I walked the seven blacks to the beach. I had lunch at a great place called Java Beach and then walked in the surf and laid in the sand. Superfly was stirring by 2pm and we got in his 77 Lincoln Continental and drove out to Point Reyes. That is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was very rural, so I loved it. If you have not been there go.
|Point Reyes Lighthouse|
While there I got to see the fly in action, (for what seemed like the 100th time). Superfly was turned down this time, but there is next time.
|Superfly doing his thing|
That night we just went to a local bar by fly's house and it was great. Sunday we hit some junk yards in Freemont and Hayward. I was amazed how nice the cars were there. No rust to speak of and most of the cars were better then the ten year old cars in Detroit. I saw cars that would still be on the road and I could get good money for in Detroit. I spotted a very nice, rust free, (a few dents) 76 Chevy 3/4 ton with a 4 speed and 4x4 with a 454 under the hood. That truck would sell in a snap for good bucks in the D or many other places in the rust belt. There was lots of good cars. I guess people. I guess when they can't meet smog check and/or have a major mechanical failure they scrap them. In the D as long as the frame isn't rusted in half or a major structure failure happens cars get fixed. I spotted this 72 Cadillac. It had a rust free body, which is more than I can say for the one I had spent a bunch of money on fixing up 12 years ago.
|72 Cadillac at Freemont Junkyard|
After hitting the wrecking yards and seeing all kinds of rust free junkers we went for a drive around SF again. There are lots of 123 Chassis Mercedes in that city (1977-85), they all make mine look like junk! There are also lots of 1950s-70s Volvos and vintage motorcycles. During this drive we went down Lombard Street in the Fly's 77 Continental. That was no easy feat. Everyone was pointing and taking photos of his car all the way down. I snapped this photo out of the moon roof.
My thoughts of SF are all positive. I didn't see much in the way of shocking things. It was a lot friendlier than I expected and I found it to be a n easy place to get around. I saw less homeless than I see in the D (in the summer). I only saw two people that were really odd ball. One was a guy wearing a bike helmet and a dress and another wearing a shirt for pants (I would have been more impressed if he had pants for a shirt too). All my favorite right wing talk hosts always paint SF as a bad place and full of bad people. I found that to be WRONG. My dad travels to SF for business and he agrees. SF is the way a city should be. A lot of small business and local restaurants and bars. Too many places I travel too all look the same and have the same places. Yes there are lots of unique people, but everyone seems to respect each others business and that is fine by me. I wish more people would mind their own business. I found getting around on the MUNI and BART to easy. Some locals would like the system to be better, but seeing that I live in a large city that has none, I was impressed. I did get the real SF experience because one of the MUNI trains broke down. There was a 4. earthquake while I was there, but I slept right through it. I would love to go to SF again.
Getting back to STL, on the 23rd, was an early starting day. The fly and I left his house at 5am and caught the MUNI and were downtown by 5:45am. I got on BART to SFO and by the time I got into the airport, checked in and went through security it was 7:20am. I ate breakfast (great French toast and beacon for an airport) and boarded the NW 757-351, N582NW (2002) for MSP. we left right on time and were in MSP about 10 minutes early. The flight back to STL was delayed and hour and 15 minutes, but arrived in St. Louis only 45 minutes late. The MSP-STL leg was on NW DC-9-31 N787NC, built in 1967.
This was a great trip for me. It had a lot of things I like to do in it; airplanes, breweries, cars, transit railroading, ships, drinking beer, eating, exercise, and most of all hanging out with friends. I owe Superfly a great tour around the D and a trip to the junk yard to some some really rusty cars!
[Edited 2007-07-24 07:47:47]