When Mr. B told me that we were going on a boat ride
in the San Francisco Bay
last Sunday morning
all I could think of was...
After all it is mid-November!
Mr. B and a friend had bid on a Fire Boat Ride for 10 people at a charity event and won. Well, the men-folk forgot all about it until now and it expires at the end of the month. So off we went Sunday morning for brunch and a ride around the bay with family & friends.
|"Cupid's Span" by Oldenburg and van Bruggen|
Happily it was a gloriously clear, mild day and just as we were heading out towards Alcatraz Island, the Fire Boat received a distress call and had to go to work. They did a quick turn about and headed towards Hunter's Point explaining that if it turned into a dangerous situation, they would need to drop us off "somewhere" and we would need to find our own transportation home. They are definitely a working crew and boat!
|One of Phoenix's Water Gun's|
Just as we neared the destination they received an "all clear" call and we were able to continue chugging along on our adventure.
They took us into McCovey Cove for a different view point of the home of the SF Giants!
Then we headed around Alcatraz Island and back to the station house.
|The Ferry Building|
Our friend's daughter, Kayli was "driving" the boat and searching for fish, birds and the Giants with her "binoculars".
San Francisco has two fire boats - The Phoenix and The Guardian both from the 1950's. They are located at Pier 22 1/2, just under the Bay Bridge.
Heading home we talked about what a fun day it had been and how we need to get out and explore more often!!! Our thanks to Firehouse 35 and the SF Fire Department for a great day and for protecting the beautiful city of San Francisco.
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now." - Martin Luther King, Jr.