San Francisco, Day 2

After a great night’s sleep, we woke up early (kinda expected), ate breakfast, grabbed an Uber, picked Pegs up and headed downtown again.  First stop, AT&T Park.  Their park tour was sold out, but the duck boat / park tour combo wasn’t, so we hopped on the crazy duck boat and got our quackers.

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The duck boat took us around SF first which was actually great because we drove through a lot of the city that we didn’t cover on foot, and we learned interesting facts which I spit out the next day on our drive up to Napa.  And of course we got a view of the city and park by water when the duck boat went full speed into the bay.IMG_4710

IMG_4720After the duck tour, it was time for our AT&T park tour.  The Giants have gotten pretty popular, being the reigning world champs, and there were some funny items for purchase in their team store — like a onesie Giants sweatsuit.  Funny swag aside, the tour took us around some of the highlights of the park: the upper deck view, club level, on the field, and in the visitor’s clubhouse.

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IMG_4769Their guest clubhouse was pretty nice, so I can imagine their home clubhouse is really nice.  The bathroom was even stocked with every guy – bath product imaginable.  The guest batting cage is underneath the stadium and has a 1 way mirror over looking it, which is probably smart since that’s where a bar is above and I hear Giants fans are especially hard on Dodgers players..

After the Giants tour, we headed to pier 33 for our Alcatraz tour.  Alcatraz is only 1.5 miles from the SF shore, and has become this interesting mix of prison / unique horticulture / nesting ground.  The three of us started on the walking tour, which includes the 200 year history, then went inside the cellblock for the audio tour on the prison.  I highly recommend doing both 🙂

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IMG_4770We left Alcatraz just in time to get updates about the Hawks beating the Wizards and moving onto the Eastern Conference Finals, woo!

The last thing I wanted to do was check out all the sea lions at Pier 39.  They have literally taken over a portion of the dock and just hang out, sunning themselves.

After a day of tours, we finally sat down for dinner and then headed back to our hotels.  It was almost time to meet the rest of the family and go to Napa in the morning!

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