When it gets hot here in Stanislaus County - Go west young man!
With the end of summer coming last weekend here in Modesto it was time to make an escape. The last couple of weeks of summer here in Stanislaus county was a pretty warm one. Temperatures all week were in the upper 90's and nearing 100 a couple of days. On those warm days it's always easy to get out of the heat, just head west. Saturday it was time for a day trip to "The City" San Francisco.
It was a beautiful day in San Francisco with temps in the low 70's and mostly clear skies. I have been to San Francisco many times and have seen a lot of the city. If you have never been there of course you have to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Cable Cars, China Town and maybe even Pier 39. Myself I avoid Pier 39 because of the crowds but that's another story.
This trip involved a trip to Twin Peaks. From the Twin Peaks parking lot you have one of the most stunning views of The City you will ever see. Laid out before you is an amazing 180 degree view from The Golden Gate Bridge to South San Francisco. Of course the parking lot is not the highest point of Twin Peaks. On this trip I made the trek up to the top of the mountain. It's a pretty easy walk up the path to the top. It's amazing the difference in climate at the top of the peak. It was cold and windy! Did I mention WINDY? I thought I might get blown off the top of the mountain and I'm a big guy. The trek was worth it though for the 360 view. From the Pacific Ocean to the Oakland Hills and everything in between. And the best part was there were only 3 of us up there on the peak. I'll definitely make the trip again.
Another stop on this trip was Fort Point. Fort Point is an army fort right under the Golden Gate Bridge. If you enjoy history you will love Fort Point. You will also get a different view of the Golden Gate bridge, from underneath it. While at one time the fort was going to be demolished to make way for the bridge cooler heads prevailed and the bridge was built right over the top of the fort.
The fort was built between 1853 and 1861 and was intended to defend the San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. However no shots were ever fired from the fort.
I think the fort is fascinating and offers a glimpse into what life was like in the mid 1800's. The officers quarters while not luxurious were a lot nicer and more spacious than the enlisted men's quarters. Another interesting part of the fort was the powder room in the lower part of the fort. This was were the munitions for the fort were prepared and it could be a dangerous place.
Admission to Fort Point is free! It is certainly a part of San Francisco that most people around the country don't know about but it's a very interesting place to visit and I highly recommend it.