Our last day parked in Modesto, Garretts took us on a Bay Cruise in their fishing boat. We left after their twins were dropped off at school. Cora was left in the care of Mary Brunk and we took Megan along, all piled together. First stop, Emoryville, to begin our water journey.
|transporting our stuff from vehicle to boat|
|Meg's life jacket was a bit of a nuisance :)|
|Pier 39 sea lions as we boated right by|
|part of the massive alligator loaf|
Then we went inside, upstairs for a museum and bakery tour. The guide was very enthusiastic about sharing the history of San Francisco and Boudin bread. We watched the big bowl of dough plop down a story to the lower floor's bowl to be shaped by the machine and bakers. We read the illustrated timeline of San Francisco. We read about the science of sourdough and wild yeast. We took the survey to see what kind of bread we are most like. We listened to the energetic tour guide. We observed the process from dough to done. We enjoyed learning!
|the spiral machine on the right shapes balls from the huge dough mass on the left|
|what bread type are you questionnaire|
look at the various breads hanging in the center
see our friendly guide
|the bakery restaurant counter|
Walking on down the street we stopped to watch tanks full of crabs.
|one is trying to escape!|
Next we wandered down Hyde Street Pier to the National Maritime Museum. They have an old ferry, tugboat, cargo ship, and 2 schooners that we walked on and imagined living in. We watched The Alma float out in the bay with several men practicing their newly acquired rigging skills. Shannon said this was the most interesting National Park he's been to! I enjoyed the sounds of the bay & wharf and the warm sun. The weather was superb. Annie and Caroline received another Junior Ranger badge.
|passenger ferry, Eureka, and the city, behind us|
|tugboat Hercules (we were standing on in previous pic)|
|jr ranger comprehension questions from a nice ranger|
|near the beginning of Hyde St Pier, with steep city street behind|
Walking back toward the boat we saw 3 different silver men, each unique in their shows. Our children were entranced.
|Shannon & Caroline walked over for a closer look at this fellow's head contraption|
Now for a walk down central Pier 39. We only stopped once, at the end of the boardwalk, for saltwater taffy. Each child picked 3. Riley chose all pomegranate!
Back in the boat we cruised out beside Alcatraz, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and around to Angel Island for a late picnic lunch.
|you know this must have been a good book|
|leaving Pier 39 behind|
|the girls loved being sprayed by the water|
|Angel Island State Park|
|Annie & Megan's private table|
they were bombarded by scavenging seagulls
|wildflower chain tiara|
|her personalized passenger tram|
We went around under The Bay Bridge toward the ship port and watched two tugs guide a huge transporter alongside the dock. No ships were being unloaded. We cruised back to unload so Gina & I could go to Ikea while the men cleaned the boat.
A stop at Starbucks on the way home and our big day to San Francisco on land & water was done! A wonderful grand finale to our 2 week stay in Modesto.