Sunday, 29 April 2012

Day Seventeen - San Francisco

On Day 17 we headed out to the city of Stockton around an hour and a half East of Oakland to visit a guy who owns a Sports Card-collecting business and one of the most successful card collecting websites in the World. We did this because the boys are very much into Sports Cards (especially Basketball), and they frequent Ryan's website. We had lunch with Ryan at Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant. Personally, I was really impressed with Ryan, he's a great guy with a very positive outlook on life and a great example of someone who has grabbed life with both hands and made a success of it. His Sports Card eBay business has an annual turnover of over $1.5M in eBay fees alone. Ryan insisted on shouting us all lunch, but we wouldn't let him. However, he would only let us pay for lunch, if he could buy the three boys Basketball Cards, which he did. The next link is Ryan's website.

Sports Card Radio Website

After this we headed straight into San Francisco to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. We walked up and down the foreshore before jumping back into the car for a leisurely drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. The weather was absolutely glorious for walking around the foreshore. For dinner we had Crab Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl at the Chowder Hut, something of a tourist attraction in San Francisco. Whilst there I also purchased a wide-angle lens attachment (or adaptor) for my Camera which simply screws onto the end of my existing lenses. I have been looking for an actual wide-angle lens for a while but at a tenth of the price, this will certainly do for the while.

We arrived back home at around 2100h and planned to depart for Las Vegas early the next day.

Ryan with the boys outside Buffalo Wild Wings, Stockton with their Cards

No, it's not the Golden Gate Bridge, it's the Bay Bridge..

The Trans-America Pyramid Building, one of San Francisco's famous city landmarks.

The Chowder Hut at Fisherman's Wharf.

Kyle enjoying his Crab Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl.

This is the top of Lombard Street, the windiest street in the World.

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, photography by Maureen.

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