Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Simple Views from the San Francisco Bay

Part of the Bay Bridge
This is a short one. Just wanted to show a couple views of the S.F. Bay that I took with my phone:

The Golden Gate Bridge in the distance
AT&T Park

Part of the skyline of San Francisco
Another view of part of the Bay Bridge
A sailboat on the Bay
The Bay

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Welcome to Mision San Francisco de Asis or Mission Dolores

The front of Mision San Francisco de Asis
The marker
Living in California and going to school here, you learn about the California Missions that the Spanish set up in the late 18th century. Mision San Francisco de Asis was the sixth to be established under the direction of Father Junipero Serra. Five days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Father Francisco Palou celebrated the first Mass under a makeshift shelter and the City of Saint Francis had its official beginning on June 29, 1776:

Inside the Mission Chapel
The Alter
Statues inside the Chapel
More statues
Stained Glass
The Mission is the oldest surviving building in San Francisco. They also have some artifacts from back in the day:

18th Century Chair
18th Century Brass Crucfix

And the art work:

Cast Stone Sculpture of Father Junipero Sierra-1909
Ceramic Mural-Guillermo Granizo
I love this mural

One thing about the Missions are the cemeteries. I always like walking around and looking around and thinking about how the people lived back in the day:

A partial view of the cemetery

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Little Peek at Angel Island

Recently I had an amazing experience. I got in a kayak and paddled my little fat butt to Angel Island State Park from Sausalito. It is a three mile trip, but it was cool. I am waiting for a person to send me the pics of me paddling. I will share those.

But anyway, Angel Island is a great and beautiful place. It is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay. One side of the island was an Army Base from 1863
to 1947 when it was decommissioned it, then a Nike Missile Base was constructed there in the 50's and then decommissioned that in 1962. The other side of the island was considered "The Ellis Island" of the West Coast as it processed one million Asian immigrants between 1910 and 1940.

I was only the Army Base side and I really want to see the other side of the base. Sorry my pics are not great as I only had my IPHONE and the weather was really cloudy:

The view from where we were staying
The Captain's House
I guess this was a sign to get people to join for the Union cause during the Civil War
The old Army hosptial
The old church and schoolhouse
Deer grazing
This is where there was two five-inch wire-wound guns. They were removed in 1915.
The Golden Gate Bridge in the fog from Angel Island
"The Rock" in the foreground with the skyline of San Francisco behind it.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A's-Mariners 6-16-13

This is very late, but I guess it comes with working 15 or so straight days. But anyway here is a look at the Father Day's A's game I attended:
The A's Bartolo Colon pitching

An A's Rally Monkey
The Mariners Oliver Perez
The Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma warming up
The A's Brandon Moss leading off first
Seattle's Michael Morse swinging at a pitch
It was a great Father's Day and a great game as the A's won 10-2. Plus there was a really cool give-a-away:

Grant Balfour Ragin Gnome
Balfour was nice enough to sign my box

Monday, July 15, 2013

In Honor of the British Open-Some Golf Autographs

As I was going through my box I noticed a lot of golf autographs I had. In honor of the third and oldest major of the year, I thought it was time to share the golf autographs of major winners I have:

Hale Irwin

Mark O'Meara
Justin Leonard
Nick Faldo
Billy Casper
Justin Rose
Now a higher up:

Phil Mickelson
Johnny Miller
Tom Waston
Lee Trevino
And now the big three. In the 60's and 70's there were the big three:

Gary Player
Arnold Plamer
The Golden Bear: Jack Nicklaus