We had a great second day, and were sad to be leaving San Francisco after our all-too-short weekend jaunt in this fabulous city. We started the morning around 10AM, packing, and discussing how anyone can afford to live in this city. We had had a long conversation with our Lyft driver the previous night, where he told us that anyone new to the city had to “know someone” in order to find affordable, rent controlled apartments. They existed, but people didn’t let them go and preferred to sub-let (which is not technically legal), but created a secondary market around “knowing the right people”. We also discussed the possibility of creating a business that targeted affording housing solutions for upper middle class (folks making more than $150K), who actually are some of the most hard-pressed people in SFO because they don’t qualify for subsidized housing or for rent-controlled apartments. Final Meal Before Leaving San Francisco We checked out of The Triton and left our stuff behind the desk and set out for a walk, which turned in to finding the dim sum place Dave had eaten at one of the last times he was in SFO. Of course we had to try….
We spent our first day exploring San Francisco around the China Town area, and already had some great experiences at the waterfront and walking around. Dave got an early start on our second day and went down to Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf area to fly his drone, while I slept a little longer. I met him around 10AM, after a brisk walk through China Town and Little Italy, at the entrance to the tourist trap at Pier 39. We spent some time walking around the marina and enjoying the boats, further exploring San Francisco. Exploring San Francisco’s Waterfront We also got some great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz from afar, and also of the sea lions. Here’s Dave’s shot of Alcatraz from his drone (DJI Phantom 5). We observed the seal lions for about an hour and were so surprised that they acted just like dogs (really big dogs). Same mannerisms. This guy reminded us of Homer Simpson. He just needed beer. All this photography and observation had worked up an appetite in us, so we decided to head to Boudin’s for a sourdough bread-bowl with clam chowder – this is one of my favorite things to do each….
Dave and spent the weekend near SFO China Town after he completed some business in Millbrae on Friday. Dave came in earlier to Millbrae on Thursday evening so that he could get to sleep at a reasonable time. The plan was for me to get in much later since I had some work meetings late in the afternoon….
After two great days driving around Western Colorado, we wanted to make the most of our final day and get in some more great drives from Carbondale. After considering staying one more night, and asking about the rates at the front desk – we decided that the rate hike, in addition to our room not being made up the previous day (apparently the cleaning staff hadn’t shown up), did not warrant staying another night. So, as I checked out of the Redstone Inn (which we summed up as an above average but not exceptional stay), Dave got in a drone flight over the Redstone river. We waved goodbye to the inn as the flags waved goodbye back to us. We knew that we first needed breakfast, and all the locals said that the best place in the Redstone/Carbondale area was the Village Smithy. We made it so. Breakfast was delicious – the real deal. I had the breakfast sandwich with a side of blueberry corn cakes (think cornbread with blueberries!), while Dave had eggs benedict. We even had the choice of maple syrup from Vermont and organic eggs. This place was awesome, and we highly recommend. Not only was the food great, but so….
Our second day (Feb 5 2016) started as we planned our trip from Redstone to Gunnison over some quick bites and coffee from the complimentary Redstone Inn continental breakfast. We had gotten in around 830PM the previous night and stayed up late at the inn chatting with the staff and enjoying the fireplace. We finally set off around 11AM and did essentially what both Google maps and the Redstone Inn desk manager Cheri recommended – we took McClure pass south on CO-133 to CO-92 East, rimming the North edge of the Black Canyon on our drive from Redstone to Gunnison. But not before taking a few shots of the Redstone Inn in all its morning winter glory. And here’s a shot of the side of the inn, with the mountain in the background. The lighting was brilliant. The views were stark and stunning, and one of the reasons we liked the Redstone area so much was because it was nestled in the tiny valley of mountains on all sides – making it both treacherous and beautiful. The townfolk also mentioned that it was a very “dark” place to live lighting-wise because there were only a few times during the day….