Cable Cars to Sealions and Hippyville

March 27, 2013 at 5:34 am Leave a comment

Early drop off again and what a good move riding San Francisco’s historic landmark cable car from Powell to Mason before the queues. Watching the grip man crank his ratchets is fascinating and the dinging of the bell, and hanging off the side to take photos…another San Fran must do. By now starving, time for bacon, buttermilk pancakes, maple syrup, fresh fruit and lashings of coffee at the excellent, cheap, and popular Hollywood Cafe on Taylor. Fortified we found the famous Sealions at Pier 39…they are not captive but come to chill here on their private pontoons….clam chowder on sour dough bowl $5 from Sallies had to be done, then return trip to Powell by cable car (bit of a misnomer but the cars are literally hauled by cable in grooves set in the road, rather than aerial cable…oops back in fantasy land with Clint Eastwood again!)
Bus 71 miraculously took us where we wanted to go next..Haight-Ashbury home of flower power, vintage shops and FTC; one of the first skate shops (unfortunately staff not friendly or helpful- 1st time we’ve encountered that). Excellent if pricey coffee at Stanza then weretraced our route by 71 bus and ferry back to Sausalito. That’s it! We feel we’ve DONE the city and still one more day to go!
By the way buying a $3 clipper card is well worth it. Like a Lindon Oyster card, load it and use on buses and ferries. Much cheaper than paying single fares as you go.

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