Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We Didn’t Leave Our Hearts In SFO

Women and cats will do as they please.  Men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.    

Monday was ferry day.  We took the ferry from Vallejo to San Francisco.

Alcatraz Island

There are many ways to visit San Francisco.  After all, there are many things to see in San Francisco.  However, if you’re traveling around in an RV and have a dog, it’s a little difficult to see it all.  It’s a pick and choose thing.  You’ve got to pick out the easy things to do and the things that don’t take all day.  It’s not that we haven’t been to San Francisco.  We have.  We didn’t really intend to head into town on this trip _ferry5anyway so that wasn’t a problem.  

We were staying in Napa and knew a trip into town alone would take a while.  After all, there’s lots of traffic around here … and with close to 50 miles from where we were staying, it would definitely take a while to drive to the center of San Francisco.  What we really wanted to do was just take the ferry.

There are several ferries that transport people across San Francisco Bay to the main Ferry terminal located near the center of downtown San Francisco.  Traveling by ferry is an easy way to get there with no traffic to fight and no worry about finding a parking place.  Parking is free at the Vallejo ferry terminal.  It’s almost like a tour within itself as the boat travels by Alcatraz Island with the Golden Gate Bridge visible in the distance.  That’s what we decided to do and the Vallejo departure point is just 16 miles from Napa.  It was a beautiful day for a ride across the bay in a fast moving catamaran.


Tuesday we took a drive to Sonoma.  We had not been to Sonoma before but it was only 15 miles so we really had to go.  You might guess that the road to Sonoma also had more vineyards and rolling hills.  Along with the vineyards came more wineries.  We only stopped at one but it looked so fantastic from the road.  We had to turn around and check it out.

We really liked Sonoma. It was easy to see why the little town attracted so many people.  It’s not just because of the wineries either.

Rolling hills and wineries are everywhere!

Here’s one that definitely looked like a French Chateau.


We ate lunch at Murphy’s Irish Pub.  We both opted to have typical Irish fare.  Terry had the shepherd’s pie and I had corned beef and cabbage.  Both dishes were fantastic …. even though we did have to admit that Toni’s shepherd’s pie still is the winner in our book.


I’m sure if you were to spend a month in this area, you still wouldn’t have time to see all there is to see.  We’ve been running ragged trying to see everything.  The weather has been fantastic and that has sure helped too.  However, I’ve got to admit we’re ready to move along again.  Now we’re hanging around until we get our mail.  It’s coming.  It’s on it’s way.  When we get it …. those wheels will roll once more.  Isn’t that what we have an RV for?

‘Tis life on the road.


  1. The food looks delish! Did you make it to China Town?

    1. We were there 30-odd years ago? Do you think it's changed? :) However, it was just a ferry ride this time. Eventually, we'll be able to do it all .. again.

  2. Another gorgeous header photo.

    We enjoy visiting San Fran. Always something going on there. We have never taken the ferry over. One experience we will have to do the next time we are in the are.

  3. Thank you for the compliment. We had Shepherd's Pie last night, weird eh!

  4. Whoo hoo! Some sea time on the ferry, now you are "Salty Dogs" just like Justin. ;c)

    San Fran is so much fun, we need to get back there soon! Although I think we'll pass on those smelly sea lions at Fisherman's Wharf.

  5. Someday we will get there, and enjoy a bit of that area too.
    Thanks for taking us along.

  6. San Francisco is such a beautiful city to visit. I'm hoping we get time to have a quick look on our way home this year. Thanks for previewing so many sites for us as we'll be following a similar path home in a week or so.

  7. I love SF too. We didn't have the time going to all these places, but I would like to some time. Who knows.
    Thank you for sharing.


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