I’d never seen Fishermans Wharf in depth so it was totally surprising to find out that it was actually quite pleasant. I was told a long time ago that it was seedy and to be avoided completely, restaurants were overpriced, and there was little of consequence to do there. All the ingredients of a good tourist trap. My experience however proved the opposite – apart from the missing apostrophe in Fishermans (unless it was named for someone with that name) that’s been annoying me since I saw it – and especially given the fine spring weather we had yesterday, the wharf was a nice, interesting diversion in getting to know more about San Francisco and its character.
And since we were there, we took the opportunity to walk the length of the Embarcadero, a well-kept, walkable stretch hugging the waterfront, to see if we could get a ferry to Alcatraz. Sad to say the only available tickets were for the following day (I really should have planned that one better) but after hemming and hawing we went instead for the one hour bay cruise that came close enough to The Rock as well as bring us under the great Golden Gate for a closer look at how great it is indeed. Despite visiting San Francisco many times in the past, it feels good to find out there are still a lot more things to surprise and discover. Just how life should be.