Growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve never spent much time in San Francisco. The last time I was in SF was when a friend from Maryland came to visit. That was back in October 2017. Whenever I’m in the city, I do the usual touristy things. Go to Pier 39, get a clam chowder in a bread bowl from Boudin, say hello to the sea lions, spend a few minutes watching street performers, and end with Ghiradelli sundaes. I’m not a fan of SF traffic and overpriced parking, but the cool breeze and being by the water always makes my heart happy.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to my friend about how I hope to eventually move to southern California. Ever since I went to college in LA, I have wanted to live in LA for the long-term. My fellow Bay Area native friend was offended and shocked to hear this. Ever since then, he has made it his mission to find ways to convince me that the Bay Area is so much better than LA. Which led to this sailboat tour in SF.
On Friday, my friend picked me up and we drove into the city (rather quickly, since we were running late). We got to Pier 39 Dock F just in time for our 12:30 tour. There were 10 or so people waiting by the entrance and we soon boarded the boat. The sailboat was surprisingly big and there was more than enough room for all of us.
We were served beer or wine in paper cups (fancy, right?) and we headed towards the Golden Gate Bridge. The motor was on for a bit until the wind picked up. While it was warm outside, I’m so glad I brought my North Face because the wind was chilly.
The boat tipped significantly on our side when the sails were being put up. I was concerned that I would end up in the water, but thankfully, nothing eventful happened. We passed by Alcatraz and my friend and I were entertained by listening to tourists passionately educating other tourists about how Alcatraz isn’t a worthwhile place to visit if they only have a day or two to spend in SF.
As we were getting back to the dock, I spotted two sea lions sleeping away under the afternoon sun. Until a few years ago, there were dozens of sea lions hanging out in that same area, but not so much anymore.
Being on a sailboat was so fun and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without this experience! I don’t think I’ve change my mind about where I hope to live in the future…my friend would be so upset if he read this, but again, he has four years to convince me to come back to Northern California. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to enjoy my summer before the med school busy-ness starts in August.
My friend’s also planning another daycation in Half Moon Bay, so stay tuned for that post!