Ferry Ride

One of my favorite things to do is to play tourist in my own city.  When you’re low on time or funds, find a way to experience the city in a new or unique way and you can still feel the same excitement as if you were traveling across the world.

Lately Ellie has been really into things that go.  She especially loves trolleys, fire trucks, buses, trains, and boats.  So we decided to check those off her wish list one by one.  On a gray day in February we decided to pay Karl the Fog a visit via ferry.  We boarded in Alameda and took a surprisingly titillating boat ride across the bay to the docks by Fisherman’s Wharf.  We glided past a cargo ship stacked high with colorful containers weighing an unfathomable amount.  I wondered how that thing could still float.  Then I wished I could wonder it together with Ellie.  She was too busy looking at the “bubbles” or the trail of white froth the boat left in its wake as it bounced speedily across the bay.  There is something so invigorating about having cold sea spray blown into one’s face.  I could barely open my eyes or hear anything over the rush of the wind, and my ears and nose were going numb but I still didn’t feel a single urge to take shelter inside.  The three of us hung over the side of the boat, tossed on the choppy waves of the bay and laughing into the wind.  Ah, adventure.

Once docked we took a leisurely stroll in one of the best marketplaces in the city, the Ferry Building.  It was a sugar and caffeine-addicted person’s dream.  We had lunch at Hog Island Oyster, with drinks for the hard-working parents, and capped it off with a cup at Blue Bottle Coffee.  It was the perfect, low-stress yet high-excitement day out with a toddler–and that’s a tricky combination!

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