As we watch someone twisting their way down it, we decide not to attempt similar behaviour. After that, it's back to being she-who-reads-the-GPS as we make our way up to the Twin Peaks. Which I am a little disappointed has nothing to do with the movie and everything to do with it being... two peaks. Today is the day of the PRIDE parade and a group of workers are installing a giant pink triangle on the hillside for all the city to see.Twin Peaks offers panoramic views of San Francisco.
|Golden Gate Bridge, looking ghostly in the morning sunlight.|
|It was a wee bit windy!|
We meet up with Baybird and Rignard at a little breakfast place called Mama's Royal Cafe. The food is reasonable, the place quite popular. There is napkin art on the wall. I doodle a crow on my napkin, but it's not really worth conserving. Baybird is joining us on today's expedition - but Rignard, alas, has to take her car in to the mechanic.
|Baybird, me, Rignard (and Tiriki)|
It is a fascinating place - Sarah Winchester was married to the fellow that invented the Winchester rifle and had some interesting beliefs. The popular one is that the spirits of those killed by the rifle would come after her, unless she kept adding rooms onto her house. This she did with little regard for common building codes and also without much knowledge of actual architecture. Thus we have doors leading to walls, the staircase to the ceiling, a door opening to a 10 foot drop into the kitchen, a window hiding behind a cupboard, several "illegal" elevators and many, many rooms. We visit a number of them, but are not allowed to take photos. Because Sarah Winchester was very short and had arthritis, she had custom made "easyride" staircases, that are very narrow and have very shallow steps, meaning that walking up them means taking a number of switchbacks.
After the house, we tour the garden, and here we are allowed to take pictures to our heart's desires. And so we do:
|Door to Nowhere|
Monterey Bay is gorgeous. We take a stroll down the famous Cannery Row and have dinner at a seafood restaurant overlooking the bay. Below us children laugh and play, splashing in the water and gulls call and wheel in the sky above. There is an atmosphere of peace, the laidback feeling of summertime at the beach. I dabble my toes - so I can say I stepped in the Pacific ocean. It's cold.
|"After the Quake" - the strangest Giftstore theme ever.|
All in all, it was a pretty perfect way to spend my birthday. Although I think, next time, I shall stay at a rather more upmarket accommodation, and not a backpackers hostel.