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October 25 – San Francisco

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The last 24 hours has been a whirlwind. Things are declining quickly with Roxan’s Dad and we will be debarking the ship at Los Angeles. We would have been getting off now, but I couldn’t find a way to make flights work that didn’t involve an overnight layover. Because we arrive in LA early in the day, we can catch a flight to KC with only a short layover in Phoenix.

Golden Gate bridge was shrouded in fog when it came in view:

Things cleared substantially as we approached the bridge. (Photo taken from Deck 16, forward in the buffet dining area… couldn’t get outside at the time because we were dealing with the home situation at the time.)

The lamps hang from the ceiling of the Observation Lounge a deck below us.

It was clear as we got fully into the bay.

We’re torn between using our vibe passes and going ashore and bumming around Pier 39 this afternoon. We’ve decided not to do that Alcatraz tour, but will be meeting a coworker at Bubba Gump Shrimp this evening.

We ended up having American Diner for lunch, relaxing in the room for the afternoon, and going to Pier 39/Bubba Gumps.

American Cafe

It is a nice take on a themed diner, with replica Chevy Bel Airs decorating the sides of booths and a diner-motif for the wait staff.

I thought we took photos of our burgers, but I geuss not. The taste was good and the servie capable. I was a little taken aback by the waitress handing us VacationHero cards with her name already filled out on them. Even if we had been going to fill out one on her, that would have scrapped the idea. I’m not going to particpate in gaming the system like that.

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Ive wanted to eat here since I discovered it on a trip to San Francisco in the mid-90’s and couldn’t do it then. Now I can say that I’ve eaten there! We had a good time talking with my co-worker Daryl. He’s on the right in the photo below.

We bought a couple of souvenirs for the girls and went back to the room. The pending debarkation and getting back home was weighing heavily.

Encore as seen from Bubba Gump Shrimp
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