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trip to fisherman’s wharf/pier 39

Emma has been listening to Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery daily and it is set in Venice. Thinking about travel and boats is a constant for me as we are transported to their watery landscape of gondolas traveling the canals. We received round trip ferry passes from the summer reading program and were eager to use them. The ferry is quite unlike a gondola but it is so fun none the less.

The sea lions have begun to return to Pier 39 (from the Channel Islands where they mate) and we were able to view about 250 of them piled on the docks. There is also a sea lion museum sponsored by the nearby aquarium. I read Emma ocean themed books that feature sea lions while she did a marine life puzzle. There were posters all around about how omitting single use plastic can be the biggest help keep the oceans cleans. Look, I told her we are already doing our best work by trying to reduce the amount of plastic we buy! Now if I can just convince her that straws are not as fun or necessary as everyone seems to make them. ^_^

ferry to fisherman's wharf

saturday adventure

Today we went to the MOCHA (Museum of Children’s Arts) space AND rode the ferry! Fun times. ^_^


Emma made a book at the open art class. We filled it with many blank pages so that she could continue to draw in it in the future. I was very excited that we could made relief prints for the cover. I loved the printmaking class that I took and always want to practice it more.


We received passes for the ferry from the summer reading program. Emma held on to my ticket for me the whole time. And how cute is this vintage dress that I ordered from Etsy?! I love it so much on her!


We pointed out all the passing boats and went under the bridge. On the bus ride home (which goes directly to where we live) we drove over the new Bay bridge and could see the old one off to the side.


While in S.F. we ate lunch on a bench and people watched, bought blankets at Target (really ready for cold weather now!) and checked out public art in Soma.


This piece is entitled “Human Structures” by Jonathan Borofsky.



I remember walking down this street a lot as an art student and being so happy when I saw this sculpture between the tall buildings. I knew Clover would appreciate it since its colorful and so large in scale.



These three fellows are also nearby. They were made by Ugo Rondinonemy and are my favorite. Emma said they were monsters. ^_^

3601409848_73e234a1ae_b (This last picture was taken several years ago, which is why the landscaping is sparse ^_^).

taking the ferry

On Monday we took the ferry from Jack London Square in Oakland to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. It was just for fun since we had never taken the ferry before. SInce we live near the North Berkeley Bart we took it to Oakland’s 12th Street stop and walked the few blocks to Jack London Square. It was so exciting for me as I have pining to go on a boat lately.

In S.F. we visited the Ferry Building and ate some excellent vegetarian mushroom curry from Delica. I tried the crab croquet and maiki had the potato. Emma had some food we brought from home but really like the curry and rice. maiki tried a donut from Peeples and I had a lemon graham cracker ice cream sandwich from Miette. Of course we had to get some sea salt caramels for later (also from Miette) and we were so glad that we did!