David returned from his four night stay in San Francisco last week and was enthusiastic about the great weather and his own personalized tour. The temperature ranged from the 50s to the 60s, and it didn’t rain at all.
Here is a picture of him, standing in front of the prison on Alcatraz Island. It was taken by a professional photographer. Note David’s jacket, which was a Christmas gift from me in 1996. It still fits!
David is so glad he did not reserve a car, as there was no parking available at the various sites. He took public transportation, tour buses, and the taxi. Every single day was filled with activities, and he returned to the hotel only after he had dinner. Then he watched basketball on TV, fell asleep, and resumed his tour the following day.
He went to Coit Tower (after the taxi driver asked a group of tourists how to get there), visited the Technology Museum in Golden Gate Park (it was too far to walk to the Japanese Tea Garden, and he was not interested in the Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the deYoung Museum), took the BART to Oakland (not to Berkeley, because it was the wrong subway line), toured Muir Woods and the wine country (tasted wine at several vineyards), saw Sonoma Mission, ate at Fisherman’s Wharf, and experienced the cable car.
He planned his own itinerary and had a great time. He is already planning a five night tour to Sydney, Australia next year.
Meanwhile, he has been experiencing the aftermath of all that walking: pain in his back, hip and knee. Surgery on his right knee is scheduled for June 23.