San Francisco celebrated Fleet Week a few days ago, complete with airshows by the Canadian Snowbirds and the Blue Angels. The City is always kind of a zoo during these days - sometimes this is exciting and thrilling - while other times it's annoying as heck trying to maneuver through the hoards of traffic. Last year we did battle the crowds and headed to Chrissy Fields to watch the festivities. It was a wonderful event and lots of fun, but getting out afterwards was a nightmare. It took us over an hour to travel about 2 miles! So this year, we decided to try a new venue for watching the airshow...and it involved every form of transportation except the car (well, sort of...we still had to drive from our home in the South Bay to the BART station, but there was no traffic involved with this so it doesn't really count!!!). This year, we decided to watch the airshow from the middle of the Bay, perched high on a hill on Angel Island!
Getting to Angel Island was a good part of the fun. We parked our car at the Daly City BART station and took BART to the Embarcadero. From there we walked to the Ferry Building, where we bought our ferry tickets aboard the Blue and Gold. While waiting for the boat, we treated ourselves to some fresh coffee and goodies from Peet's! We entertained ourselves people watching! Once on board the ferry, we took a stop near Pier 39 to pick up more passengers, and then headed out past Alcatraz to dock at beautiful Ayala Cove on the northern edge of Angel Island.
The views of Tiburon and Sausalito were spectacular!
From Ayala Cove, we headed West towards Perimeter Road and the Battery Ledyard. We hiked about 1.5 miles to get there - but the hike was easy and with beautiful scenery at every corner. The ledyard sits below a bluff, and it is an incredible spot to see the entire Bay. There are unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco skyline, and even the Bay Bridge!
We brought a blanket and a picnic lunch and spread out on the concrete slabs which used to house cannons up until about 40 years ago! It was so comfortable that we didn't mind sitting there for 4 hours while the airshow went on all around us! Even though we weren't getting the commentary or even the close up shots of the planes, but the big stunts were done right in front of us with the planes whooshing over our heads! I would definitely go back to this very same spot in the future to celebrate Fleet Week's airshow.