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Yesterday we were able to go up to San Francisco and spend some time with Gene, Karla (my sister), Cameron and Chad. We had a super great time. It is always fun to be with them. Nathaniel was able to take off a few hours early, so he met us up there too. Danelle was able to go with us. We ate, and ate some more. We went across the Golden Gate. The marine layer was already coming in but it was still beautiful. It is really weird to not be able to see the top of the “towers” of the bridge as you’re driving across. They were completely covered up by the fog. However, when we got across to the other side the sun was shining bright. I never get tired of seeing the beauty from the “other” side of the bridge. 🙂 We ate lunch at La Terrasse in the Presidio. That was quite an experience. We couldn’t really read the menu but we managed to get some good food here. We then went down the “crookedest street” in the world. That is always rather breathtaking (not going down, going up)! You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth while you wait on the very steep incline. 🙂 Then, we went to the hotel lobby and hung out, drank coffee and just talked and talked and laughed. Matt got there, after driving up after work and then we went to eat at Scoma’s. This is one of our favorite places in San Francisco to eat. They have great seafood. When we was finished eating and began paying the bill, Matt all of sudden said, “Oh no! My wallet!” He had quite a bit of cash in it, etc. We all searched and searched. The waiters, bus boys, people at the next table was all looking for the wallet. We finally determined that it had been pick-pocketed so I paid his and Danelle’s tab with one of my credit cards. Well, needless to say that was not a good feeling for the end of our day. After we said our goodbyes to Gene and Karla and the boys we walked to our car. My phone rang and Danelle said, “We found the wallet!” It had been left in their car. LOL Well, we all felt much better of course. All’s well that ends well. Right? And yes Matt paid me back. 🙂

I always enjoy my time with family since they all live in Texas. Gene and Karla, I’m glad you chose San Francisco for your family vacation this year. 🙂

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DSC_0559 Nathaniel, Cameron, Karla, Chad, Gene, on the Golden Gate.

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DSC_0567 At La Terrasse

DSC_0568 Cruise Ship, heading out to sea.

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DSC_0578 Just walking around. Having Fun!

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DSC_0582 You just had to be there.

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DSC_0591 At Scoma’s

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Queen Mary 2

WOW! That’s all I could say as I stood and looked at this magnificent ship. The Queen Mary 2 came to San Francisco on Sunday and was in port at Pier 27 for about 24 hours. We drove up today to take a look and it was well worth the drive.  queen-mary-2.jpgWe were able to see it go under the Golden Gate Bridge as it left the bay around 8:30 this evening.  Its next stop will be Hawaii.  I would say these folks are traveling in style.  To see pictures of inside the ship visit: www.Cunard.com and go to Our Ships.  

  QM2 Is Largest Ocean Vessel Afloat

Here are some facts and comparisons about the Queen Mary 2 from the Cunard Web Site.

  • Length: 1,132 feet
  • Beam: 135 feet
  • Beam at Bridge Wings: 147.5 feet
  • Draft: 32 feet 10 inches
  • Height (Keel to Funnel): 236.2 feet
  • Gross Tonnage: Approximately 150,000 gross tons
  • Passengers: 2,620
  • Crew: 1,253
  • Top Speed: Approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph)
  • Power: 157,000 horsepower, environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant
  • Propulsion: Four pods of 21.5 MW each; 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing
  • Strength: Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Atlantic crossings
  • Stabilizers: Two sets
  • Cost: Estimated $800 million dollars

Since it is often difficult to picture the size of such a large vessel, here are some comparisons:

  • QM2 is five times longer than Cunard’s first ship, Britannia (230 ft.)
  • QM2 is 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary
  • QM2 is more than twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall (550 ft.)
  • QM2 is 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall (984 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than 3 ½ times as long as Westminster Tower (Big Ben) is high (310 ft.)
  • QM2 is only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall (1248 ft.)
  • QM2 is more than three times as long as St. Paul’s Cathedral is tall (366 ft.)
  • QM2 is as long as 41 double-decker London buses (31 ½ ft. each)
  • QM2’s whistle is audible for 10 miles

Source: Cunard Line

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