In September, 2004, Eric & I spent a week in San
Francisco. We checked in on Saturday evening at the wonderful Argonaut Hotel, right on
Fisherman's Wharf. The hotel is housed in a 100-year-old former peach
canning plant, and the window behind Eric opens onto DelMonte Square, offering
live music afternoons and evenings!
All the rooms have a nautical theme, but we were really
impressed by the exposed bricks and beams ... we love staying in
On Sunday morning - at 10:00 a.m.! - we watched the
Steelers on TV. Eric said he would call his buddies back in Albany and
let them know who won ... <ha ha>
What luck! There was a Pro
Cycling Tour race in town on Sunday, and it went right past the
hotel! Lance Armstrong was supposed to compete, but he pulled out at
the last minute due to tendinitis. It was still pretty exciting!
Our friends Mic & Joanna, and their kids, Lily and
Asher, met us to watch the race. Mic & Jo moved to San Francisco
from Albany a few years ago. We miss them, but love that they live in
such a great place to visit!
After the cyclists went by, we went back
into the hotel to check the Steelers score. Here, Mic & Lily take
in the game.
Joanna was so taken by the cruise ship
motif that she insisted Eric & I pose for a photo!
In yet another stroke of luck, the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate
Festival was underway just two blocks from our hotel. The boys quickly
found chocolate stout, courtesy of Bison
Brewing Co. of Berkeley, CA. Two thumbs up!
When you find something that works, you
stick with it. Keeping with the beer theme, we all hopped on the F
train to the Ferry Building, then made a quick two-block walk to Gordon Biersch, San
Francisco's famed brew pub and restaurant. The grownups enjoyed the
Marzen beer, and Lily made short work of a plate of french fries!
I was sporting my Hair of the Dog hat, always
doing advance work for the boys in the band!
Later, we went back to Mic & Jo's house ... our
first time seeing it ... and indulged in some mighty fine California
Ready for some more pictures?