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Stop 3 – San Francisco

May 19, 2014

From Port Angeles a bus ride to Seattle Airport (SeaTac) and a flight to Oakland puts us into San Francisco

Where else but west coast of North America

Where else but west coast of North America can you find a picture of a native American in a fur lined hood on the tail of an airplane?  Maybe Canada’s Arctic?

So, it’s off to visit sailing friends who live in the Bay area and our kind hosts are Marilyn and Leo – sailing friends from our 1980s circumnavigation of the Pacific.  We were each on 8 metre (27  foot) boats.  Theirs a NorSea 27 and us on a Vancouver 27. We have stayed in touch and Leo kindly does weather forecasting for us when we cross large stretches of open ocean.  A very valuable asset!  Thanks Leo.

Marilyn, Leo and Connie

Marilyn, Leo and Connie

Below is Randall and another must see San Francisco sailor for whom we wish the best in his future sailing plans to circumnavigate North America combined with a circumnavigation of the Antarctic.  See here for his website and the challenges he is facing. And of course we are meeting over food once again.  I can recommend his pizza – I think a 4 star!  Sorry, Randall, not 5 star – it didn’t have meat!

Randall the proud chef and the intrepid sailor making a great pizza

Randall the proud chef and the intrepid sailor making a great pizza

 

Off to the De Young to see the Georgia O'keefe exhibit on Lake George

Off to the De Young to see the Georgia O’keefe exhibit on Lake George

 

Viewing downtown San Francisco from East Bay.

Viewing downtown San Francisco from East Bay

And a little side trip to Maple Grove to view the Ruth  Bancroft Gardens – a great example of xeri-landscaping for the San Francisco climate

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I hate to say that I don’t remember the tree type but it has great bark

 

And great cacti in bloom

 

 

And then there was the Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Berkeley Botanical Gardens

Berkeley Botanical Gardens

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Berkeley Botanical Gardens

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Berkeley Botanical Gardens

And before we leave San Francisco a little fun:

 

Leo and Marilyn on the Eliptigos

Leo and Marilyn on the Eliptigos

 

Taking some air

Taking some air

 

With determination

With determination

After buying all the yachting hardware for the boat, eating at great restaurants, visiting more friends, walking through more gardens, eating more food it was time to head back north to Seattle and back to Victoria on the clipper from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. The circle is complete!

Flying over Seattle

Flying over Seattle

 

One Comment leave one →
  1. Raewyn Weyer permalink
    May 19, 2014 15:08

    I think that the tree with the great bark looks like an Australian Stringy Bark Gum, but I cannot see the leaves to be sure. Thanks for the lovely photos and posts.

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