We had a day and a half to do the City on The Bay before flying on to Hawaii. We rented a car and struck out with confidence.
The bronze doors are copies of the Ghiberti doors in Florence, Italy. (I have of picture of myself (looking quite a bit younger) in front of those doors as well....somewhere). During the bombing in WWII, a casting of the doors was made and shipped home to the United States, in order to preserve this masterful renaissance work. The original doors survived, by the way. The figures on the doors tell well-known Old Testament stories: Adam and Eve in the garden, Jacob and Esau, Jericho and others.
From the cathedral, we walked downhill past some fancy-shmancy hotels to the street where the trolley ran, and jumped aboard. Now I understand the truth about all those steep hills. Wow. We rode to the end of the line and then hoofed it down to the wharf where we discovered the museum of sailing ships. We listened as a much-tattooed old sailor told us the life story of the Thayer, a restored sailing ship that hauled lumber, and other various cargos up and down the west coast.
We climbed in, over, around and through an adverbial tug and explored the 'tween deck and beyond of a much larger masted ship...whose name I have forgotten.(That's it in the picture.) If you look carefully, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background of this picture of JB and I at the wheel.
The next day we flew over the ocean blue and landed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tada! Back at the ocean, finally. I will tell you that every morning and most afternoons I found my way to these lovely beaches. We were staying near BYU Hawaii which is most of the way up the east side of Oahu. There aren't a lot of tourists in that part of the island so we usually had the beaches to ourselves. They were glorious. Danny always wanted to go to Hawaii, so I took along his tie-dye Mole Day shirt as his token presence there with me. JB loved the beach, as usual. He has seen many more beaches than I have and this was actually his second trip to Hawaii. (Thanks Jason and Jennifer.)
One more picture and then I'll stop for the night. This is The Point, where we walked out across lava rocks and passed a pleasant hour watching the gorgeous blue ocean, as well as a few whales in the distance.
This is a good stopping place for tonight. Tomorrow I will continue the tale. Oh, wait; here's one more picture of Anniroo on the beach before church. There, see you tomorrow.