Sunday, September 3, 2017

Blaine, Washington: Stalking the Elusive Crab

We dig out our crab gear after many years, bought licenses, and took three of our grandchildren crabbing at the Blaine city wharf. We have a couple of traps and a ring (below). Our first pull looked impressive, unless you're aware that crabs have to be of a certain size and sex (male) to be kept.

Blane is rightfully proud to hold on to the one "keeper" of our two-day blitz, a red rock crab.






It made for a good appetizer...


What glorious weather to hang around on a wharf, contemplating the world and every so often pulling up the rings and traps (pots). Yes, hope does spring eternal in the human breast, Mr. Pope.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

SFO Terminal 2 Admirals Club

Nice spot on a quiet Saturday. The employees were friendly and especially nice to Peyton and Lily.

It made a nice ending to our trip.








Bonus: We're all upgraded into First Class for the short flight to Seattle.

BART to SFO

Back to the airport with the girls...



Terminal 2 for Alaska...



The Sights of San Francisco

We watched two men on a Friday evening bike ride along the waterfront from our tram.

San Francisco has much to see, including some things you'd just as soon not see.






Dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe

After returning from Alcatraz, we caught the F tram to the hotel. A few stops later, still on the waterfront, the operator told everybody they had to get off and take the next tram. The next tram was full. What to do?

We could have called Uber at 5:45 Friday. Instead we took a tram back toward Fisherman's Wharf, getting off early because there was an all-too-common San Francisco crazy sitting behind the girls making weird noises.

We walked as far as the Hard Rock Cafe and enjoyed a decent dinner.




Visiting the Rock: Alcatraz

The Alcatraz audio tour includes the voices of former guards and inmates and makes the experience memorable.

It was a sunny afternoon for a boat ride.











"Lunch" at Boudin









The Aquarium of the Bay








San Francisco Cable Cars









Thursday, August 24, 2017

San Francisco: Dinner at Tratto

Nice waitress, Rochelle, and decent food not badly overpriced by San Francisco standards. It was just a few blocks from our hotel.