Even before we get to the weekend itself, I always wanted to make the drive down the 160, cutting through the California Delta on my way to the Bay Area. However, because Tom's house and FanimeCon are nowhere near each other, I had to cut off on Highway 12 in Rio Vista towards Fairfield and continue my journey on Interstate 80. If I made the full drive, I would of went all the way down to the 4, cut over to the 680, then either take Highway 24 to the 880 or continue down the 680 to San Jose depending on traffic.
|Highway 160 just south of Courtland. Who would want to destroy the majestic that is the Delta?|
Side Note: I still hate that driveway. I still wonder how I manuevered it in a giant early 2000's Mercury let alone my Corolla.
Instead of driving down to the city, the two of us decided to take the Golden Gate Ferry from Larkspur to the San Francisco Ferry Terminal and use Muni to wherever we wanted to go. The full trip including round trip on the ferry plus a Muni Day Pass costed me around $41 but seemed to be a better value than dealing with traffic, parking, and the hills of San Francisco.
|Golden Gate Ferry in Larkspur. Also, I'm on a boat!|
|San Quentin State Prison|
|Angel Island on the left and the tip of Tiburon on the right|
|Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge|
|Golden Gate Ferry at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal|
|Historic street cars that run through the Embarcadero|
|Clam chowder breal bowls and crab cakes at Chowders|
Tom pointed out that one of the cars in the rotation at this turnaround was one of the original cars that were placed into service in the early days of cable car operation, as noted by the lack of advertising as displayed on some of the more "modern" cars.
|A cable car on the turntable|
|The standard selfie at the front of cable car|
|Going up the hill towards Lombard Street|
|Making the crazy decent down Washington St|
|Our cable car at the Powell Street end|
From Powell Street, it was underground to the N Train to Ocean Beach and enjoy the sand and Pacific Ocean...until you realize that the sand WAS WAY TOO HOT!!!
|Panoramic of Ocean Beach|
|A Ghirardelli Strawberry Quake Shake|
|The Razer store|
|BART and Muni meeting at the Embarcadero station|
|The Ferry Terminal from the other side|
|Game 6 of Warriors/Thunder from the ferry boat|
|BONUS PHOTO: More ice cream|
|BONUS PHOTO: A bacon cheeseburger and garlic fries at Super Duper|
Before I continue on with some closing thoughts, I do realize that reports from Anime Expo, conventions in Las Vegas, and just recently Taiyou Con have include parts that are about exploring the city and doing things outside of the convention. The issue is that I've never done that for FanimeCon. The reports seem to start and end at the convention itself with some minor detours instead of a full section dedicated to the exploration.
As I've mentioned before, there are conventions that I would love to attend in 2017 that I've never been to before, such as SakuraCon, ACEN, A-Kon, and Otakon. And with all of those conventions come cities that I've never been to before. If somehow I do go to these conventions, part of my goal would to be there longer than just the duration of the convention i.e. Friday-Sunday. Maybe a Wednesday to Monday or even Tuesday weekend in Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, or Washington D.C. would be in order that would allow me to explore the city, then enjoy the convention, and finally leave the next day (and not rush the final day of the convention) or the day after. Of course, I would need to allow for extra time and a bigger budget to allow me to tour the city but I feel that it would be worth it to expereince everything in full because for me, just being at the convention isn't enough for me now - I need to see what the city I'm in has to offer, taste the local food and drinks, and soak up the overall lifestyle that this convention is located in.
I partly feel that I'm evolving from just a convention blogger to a convention travel foodie blogger. And in the era of the ever-evolving convention and cosplay scene (for better or worse, depending on how you see it), this evolution might be a wonderful thing. Expand my horizons, find all the showcases, and report from beyond the convention to include the city.
So yeah, full-blown tourist mode.
Editor's Note: This was written prior to Durant's decision to "betray" the Thunder and join the Warriors. Since then, Lil B has lifted the curse.