Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Super Bowl Ate My Birthday: Part 2 - Views From The Presidio and A Floating Restaurant

Did you know that the San Francisco Zoo was right across the street from the Pacific Ocean? Neither did I, but this was my view from the parking lot. Pretty spectacular.  I still can't believe how warm and clear it was.  

After we left the zoo, we headed north for a short drive to the Presidio, which is a large park and former military base.  There are many things to see inside of this park, but the views of the Golden Gate Bridge are what reeled me in.  

It was a beautiful day for sailing in the bay
The moon over Alcatraz
Sailboats all around Alcatraz
There is this restaurant that I had always been curious about called Forbes Island.  It is in the very touristy Pier 39 area, over by Fisherman's Wharf.  The only way to get there is by water taxi.

Our ride to the restaurant
The view on our ride over
The restaurant itself is a houseboat, and you eat under water.  There is also a spectacular lighthouse that you can climb to the top of. (Note:  If you get sea sick easily, you should pass on this experience).
On the other side of the boat, the famous Pier 39 sea lions.  
If you are interested in seeing this live, Pier 39 has a camera you can control, where the sea lions, Forbes Island, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge can all be viewed.

A closer view of the sea lions on their barges.  
The restaurant is small and dimly lit inside.  I tried to take a few iPhone shots, but they didn't turn out very well.  I will share them anyway.

A birthday cocktail
This was their poke, and it was fabulous
Sole with lemon and capers, also very good.
The lady's room was also the master bedroom of the former houseboat and had been preserved. Quite the bachelor pad, eh?

The lighthouse
The next morning (Super Bowl Sunday) was my actual birthday.  My sweet husband kept up our tradition of making fresh squeezed blood orange mimosas.

Blood Oranges
He also took me out to have my favorite breakfast, the apple pancake from the Original Pancake House.  This was heaven!  I read somewhere that calories don't count on birthday weekend.

Apple Pancake
That wraps up my birthday.  I hope you enjoyed my little tour of San Francisco.


Heather said...

Beautiful pictures! Sounds like a great birthday weekend!

Mandy Crandell said...

We've been discussing trips this year, and San Francisco is one of our top picks. I'm definitely adding Forbes Island to our list of things to see.

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