Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco, California

The Justin, Texas to Oakland, California trucks have been delivered!  Just took nearly a whole month to accomplish but those problem children are out of our hair – for now anyway.

What we are going to do from here is up in the air right now.  There is some speculation about our next load to be out of Seattle, Washington but it is still just speculation.

So, this weekend we are in an Extended Stay hotel in Belmont, California – courtesy of our Dispatcher who set it up and paid for it.

A little about Extended Stay.  We typically stay in one when we are in the Phoenix, Arizona area.  There is a kitchen included in each room, along with the normal hotel amenities of a bed and bathroom.

This type of hotel is for those that will be staying longer than overnight.  There are no taps on the door from Housekeeping  asking if you will be staying over or leaving.  If you need towels or bathroom paper during your stay you get them from the Front Desk instead of finding a Housekeeping cart and making your requests.  You have to make your own bed during your stay.  If it will be longer than just a couple days – say a week long stay – you can arrange to have your sheets changed every couple days.

The rooms are quieter than a typical hotel.  Meaning you don’t hear your neighbor’s television, dogs barking at anyone walking the hallway, nor kids squealing and crying from a long day of travel.

Cooking will be a challenge since you are supplied with only one skillet. The stove is a two burner electric range.   There are table settings for four, a few cooking implements to use in the lone skillet, cups for coffee, tumblers for water, a standard refrigerator/freezer to hold your groceries, plus a few cabinets to store your cereal and other non perishable items.  The room comes equipped with a dish drainer, detergent, wash rag, and towel for cleaning up after your culinary adventure.

The rooms are in good condition.  Which means there are no holes in the doors or walls, the furniture is upgraded from tired and worn to comfy and mid scale, the lamp shades are intact with no tears or burns.  You pay a little more to stay at an Extended Stay but the comfort level is better than a cheap hotel.

We stay in so many hotels during our work and we have seen it all.  The good, the bad, and the downright ugly.  Staying here for a couple nights is no hardship.  Thank you Tim 😀

Check in time is a strict 3:00 p.m.at this Extended Stay.  Unlike regular hotels that allow you to check in after 11:00 a.m. so we had to entertain ourselves for a few hours before we could get checked in and unload our belongings.

Of course, being near San Francisco, California and needing to kill a few hours, the place to go is Fisherman’s Wharf.

I may be exaggerating here but it seems there is a 10 mile drive along the Embarcadero to Fisherman’s Wharf.  It is probably more like five miles.  All the traffic lights and slowed traffic make it seem longer than it really is.

The EmbarcaderoThe traffic lights were out at this intersection and was in dire need of assistance.  The “Everyone for themselves” attitude of today’s drivers had to be curtailed to allow everyone else to see the sights.

The sheer number of people walking the wharf area is mind boggling.

People everywhereThere is an abundance of public transportation.  If you can find a place to park your vehicle that is.  There are “Pay for Parking” lots along the Embarcadero, parking at the curb with meters to feed, and there is parking in many level garages.  You just have to drive around until you find some place to park.

Be transported by “Rickshaw”.

RickshawI have no idea what the cost is to ride the Rickshaw.  You can tell the “Driver” where you want to get off if you choose to walk for a while.

You can ride the Double Decker Bus to see the sights.  It stops at designated areas to get on and get off.  You can ride the entire route to see all the sights of the Wharf area then decide where you want to get off later.

Double Decker BusThere is an electric trolley type bus you can ride.  This transport is jam packed with passengers.  I saw people crammed so thick inside!

Electric Trolly BusThere is a mode of public transportation called a “Duck”.  This vehicle drives the paved roads PLUS it goes in the water and becomes a boat.

The "Duck"There are trains you can take to get around San Francisco to see the sights of the town other than the Wharf area.

Train transportStreet entertainment abounds.  Not just the gawking at the attire of the teeming mass of people.

Superman on walking stiltsA real "Drummer Boy"A "Sparkle Man" or somethingThe architecture in the Wharf area is diverse.  Business buildings of the area rise high above the old buildings of the wharf.

The wharf area is just as interesting architecturally.

Then there is this view of the area.  All uphill!

If you are planning to be in the San Francisco area and want to see Fisherman’s Wharf be prepared for the grid lock of traffic and the mass of bodies you will need to navigate through!  Joe and I stayed in our vehicle and just travelled around to see the sights.  We did not get out nor sample any of the food or drink.

Now I can say that I have been to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California.

 

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

5 responses to “Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco, California

  • Pati Mishler

    WOW!!! All the trouble you both have had with those truck, i am SO very glad you are done with them, ( whew ) ( as you slide your hand across your forehead) California looks like a VERY busy place,dont mind seeing it from my computer, thank you. I dont blame you for not getting out of your vehicle, its safer inside it. Enjoy your weekend, love you sis.

    • Message In A Fold

      I seriously don’t know what people mean when they say “Love the smell of the sea air”. Stinks like fish to me 😦

      There were just way too many people out there. After all the stress we had with this trip I’m in no mood for a noisy teeming mob.

      Interesting place but way too crowded for me.

      Love you Sis

  • gardenpinks

    So where was the water?? Looks an interesting place though with so much going on amidst that great thronging mass of humanity 🙂 It is the sort of place where you sit with a cup of coffee or tea and just people watch, I love doing that. It is amazing what you see and the snatches of conversation you hear boggles the mind 🙂 Great stuff! Have a lovely day or two sightseeing and relaxing and hope you can come up with some great culinary experiences in your skillet 🙂 Love and hugs Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      The water was behind all the buildings on the wharf. The hordes of people blocked most of the sights of the water. I could smell it though.

      This is one super busy tourist trap. If a person could find a spot to sip a coffee and people watch it would have meant waiting in long lines to order, pay, and be served then work your way out of the packed place to find a place just to watch!

      Crazy busy place. Might be worth a trip back when summer school break is over and come during the week instead of a Saturday.

      Yowzers! That was just too much for me!

      Love you – Leslie

  • Katy

    That was cool pic of Superman I’ve seen him alot at the Wharf he’s the Second most famous Superman impersonator in the U.S. thanks for sharing the pictures of you’re travel.

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