My trip to the Bay Area… in pictures

The famous warehouse flat.  A cool little apartment inside an Oakland warehouse.  The place was very comfortable.  The very best part… it was a free place to stay.

I was at the now infamous Niner-Raider game last Saturday.  This was a beautiful halftime show of Folkloric dancers.  They were overshadowed by unruly fans fighting in the stands.  The police presence was insane.  Too bad it did not keep people from getting shot.

I can’t recall the last time I had fried chicken.  For that matter I can’t the last time I had a waffle.  Oakland’s House of Chicken and Waffles (yes that is the name of the place) was a very nice spot to hit.  The fried chicken was amazing, and the waffle was incredible.  Not shown here was the side of grits I devoured.  I had never had grits before, and I must say that I did not know what I was missing.

Lake Merritt was not far from where I was staying.  I started most morning on my trip by walking around and near this lake.  I never did run into the Bay Reporta John C. Osborn.

Sunday was the day game at Oakland Coliseum for the A’s and Toronto Blue Jays.  There were no fights, but the A’s lost a 1-0 pitcher’s duel.  Did I mention we had great seats?

I was in bad need of a sugar rush.  So Powell’s Sweet Shop was the right call.

My friend Pancake might enjoy this while he watches reruns of The Golden Girls on Netflix.

I would not drink this with a shot of eggs and a glass of toast.  However, I am impressed this exists.

My dear friend Pops loves the burgers from this place.  He also likes to cheese sauce that comes in a limitless supply.

These geese made use of this ball field down the street from where I was staying.  They must be heading North.

We visited the Great Mall in Milpitas.  Had dinner at Dave and Buster’s.  It was a trip to be in a huge mall for a change.

What a way to top off the night!  A trip to Fenton’s Creamery.  It is just down the street from the warehouse.  So much chocolate fudge it is pooling in the dish.  Pure decadence.

The next day was our day in San Francisco.  It was a perfect day at the Embarcadero.  The Ferry Building looked amazing in the bright sun.

We became tourists and visited Pier 39.  Since i was here, I needed to stop off at a very special place.

Some of the finest sourdough bread in the world!  However, that was not my object of desire.

The now famous Bread Bowl of Clam Chowder.  A must if I am in the City.

That little dot out in the sea is Alcatraz.

We were in San Francisco to see the Giants game.  It was a cool night and the fog was going to roll in eventually.

The visiting San Diego Padres got out to an early lead.  Despite a late inning rally by the Giants, the Padres held on for the win.

Did I mention we had great seat?

On our way home we stopped at River rock Casino near Windsor.  The view was magnificent.  We tried the lunch buffet.  It was OK for the moderate price.  We enjoyed the sun all the way back up until we got to Fortuna.  Then, we knew we were home.

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