Today is the day we get to go on the evening tour of Alcatraz.
Peet's for some local coffee. Very delicious! We kept driving so we could find a drugstore for some GOOD shampoo and soap and headed back to the hotel to get ready for our day. We headed back up to The Embarcadero and found a $10/day parking lot, parked for the day, and headed down to the Ferry Building Marketplace to check out the local market. There were plenty of local shops selling wines, cheeses, chocolates, olive oil and even mushrooms. We stood and enjoyed a quartet playing some wonderful classical pieces and enjoyed walking through the market.
We decided it was time to grab some lunch so we headed to Pier 1 and stopped in for some Mexican food at Pancho Villa Taqueria. Lee had the Fajita Burrito w/ Chicken and I had the Chicken Soft Tacos. We enjoyed some fresh chips and salsa as well. The food was unexpectedly incredible! We were so happy we stopped in. After washing our food down with some REAL bottled Coca Colas, we headed across the street to the Arts and Crafts Show that goes on every weekend and showcases local artists and their jewelry, clothing, photography and paintings.The Embarcadero Center which was a little shopping area, then walked out to discover an ice skating rink. We watched some skaters then moved on to the car to grab our jackets and my hat and gloves in order to prepare for our evening cruise to Alcatraz. We made it over to Pier 33 to pick up our tour tickets and find out when we would be boarding. We had an hour to kill and knew we wouldn't be eating dinner until we came back from The Rock around 7:30, so we headed down to Fisherman's Wharf to grab a slice of pizza to hold us over. The place where we got the pizza is not worth mentioning because it was not good at all. however, while we sat on the bench to eat, we were overlooking the Bay and Alcatraz and Lee was able to take some incredible pictures of the island. We made our way back down to Pier 33 and stood in line for the cruise. the boat started to unload and they started taking tickets. We got up to the ticket taker when we noticed our tickets said Monday, November 26th. The guy told us we had to go back to the ticket counter to switch the tickets to Sunday. When we got out of line and made it over to the counter, Lee explained that they had made a mistake because he purchased the tickets for Sunday. They were not sympathetic at all, and told us we had chosen the wrong day when purchasing the tickets online. We asked them if they could simply trade them for the Sunday tour and they said it was sold out and we would either have to come back on Monday or they would refund our money. Given that we would be leaving for Sonoma on Monday morning, going Monday was not an option, so we requested a refund. :( We felt so defeated and walked over to a bench to sit down and sulk. We talked it over and decided to try and get tickets for the Friday night tour since we had planned on possibly coming back to the city on Friday night. As Lee walked back to the ticket counter to purchase tickets for Friday night, a guy told Lee he had two extra tickets for Sunday's tour!! He was with a group of six people and two of the folks didn't show up, so he sold us two tickets at $25 each, which was a savings of $12!! The Lewis family from Seattle was visiting San Fran to celebrate the September wedding of two people in their group. How appropriate that they came through for us? They were so happy to help us and we were so happy with them!! We climbed aboard and got ourselves situated on the top level of the boat and realized we were about to witness an incredible sunset over the Bay.