On our first day there we headed straight to Embarcadero and Fisherman’s Wharf. There we hoped on a ferry tour of the city and bridge. As we rode the ferry, the audio tour provided gave us detailed information of the cities and nearby islands history. If I hadn’t been trying to take pictures of myself and my mom and brother, fighting the wind and keeping my balance, I would have remembered more from the audio tour. What I can tell you is that I had an amazing view of the city and sea, and we even got to travel below the bridge. It’s a whole different experience seeing the Golden Gate bridge from below than when you just ride through it. As our ferry traveled under the bridge, although it was foggy, we were able to see just how big it was. It was kind of scary actually.
We later visited Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and to end the day the San Francisco’s Dungeon, which was a thrilled filled theater show taking us through San Francisco’s darkest times. We then headed back to Concord where our hotel was. Yes, we did realize that Concord wasn’t San Francisco once we had already booked our hotel. Unfortunately, we were not able to switch to a closer hotel, but we did get to visit a little bit of downtown Concord, and riding the BART back and forth wasn’t bad, just expensive.
Day 2 we visited the Golden Gate Park and Lincoln Park. The weather was super nice and the park itself was so pretty. We later entered the California Academy Of Sciences and De Young Museum. Afterwards we took a bus tour that took us all through San Francisco. For us, the first stop was China Town. There we had 30 minutes to shop for souvenirs, eat some yummy noodles, and takes lots of pictures. Then we head over to Height and Ashbury. So many vintage shops, hippy vibes, and very friendly people. To end the day, we drove through the Golden Gate Bridge, twice, and even got to stop to take pictures near it.
Although we were only here for two full days, we got to know some parts of the city, eat some yummy food, and I was able to celebrate my birthday with my family. I know it’s not as easy to travel than to just have a party at home, but if the opportunity comes up, even if it’s as close as Galveston, take it. It’s nice to do something out of your daily routine.
-- Skarleth Velasquez