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The Golden Gate Bridge just before we crossed over it.

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Heading down a steep hill in San Francisco towards Fisherman's Wharf; Alcatrez is in the bay; note the cable car tracks in the street (and the cable car just up ahead). 

 

Traveling down Lombard Street (the crookedest street in the world).

 

Looking up Lombard Street as a car comes down it. 

 
  

 

Around the Fisherman's Wharf area and a cable car convention.

 

 

Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.

 
I lived in these apartments in Alvarado (on the south-east side of the bay) when I was ages 4 through 8.  I'm amazed they haven't been torn down!  I lived in the upper left apartment; my dad built the shed that is under the stairs.  Picture taken October 12,  2006. 
Alvarado Elementary School-5:19 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time--57 degrees.  I went to school here: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade--before we moved to Niles Blvd in Union City.  

 

The cafeteria at Alvarado Elementary School--where I ate lunch..

 

 

I went to school in all three classroms here at the front of the school:  1st Grade was the closest room; 2nd the middle; and 3rd Grade at the far end.  The steel fence was not there when I attended school at Alvarado from 1965 to 1968. 

 
  
Niles Canyon Rd.  I remember being told the story of the ghost girl who hitch-hiked here at night and would disappear when the driver was ready to let her out; I didn't know then at age 4 that this was an urban legend. 
Niles Creek ... the domain of the "blood suckers".  To keep me out of the water while picnicing, my parent's friends told me that blood suckers floated down the creek and would attach themselves to you and suck your blood!  I looked for them real hard when I was four; I thought I saw one once--it was orange-red in color. 

Calaveras Rd--a little one lane road that once was dirt and is now paved; my dad used to take us for rides down it often.  The road starts at the end of Niles Canyon and ends in Milpitas.

 
 

 

Another shot further along Calaveras Rd.

 
The oak-wooded hills of the Bay Area left an indelible mark in my psyche--whenever I see scenes like this, it says "home". 

 

Calaveras Reservoir.

 
It's hard to believe that a megalopolis of hundreds of thousands of people is located just on the other side of the hill; this excursion into the Calaveras countryside seems so removed from progress and civilization; deer even in abundance. 
The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.  We were in town for Friday the 13th when the Mystery House holds a night tour; we looked for the ghost of Sarah Winchester (or, one of the ghosts she collected).  We didn't see any.n graze here! 
Drake's Bay and Stinson Beach--located north of San Francisco.  This scene was used in the opening shots of John Carpenter's 1979 movie, The Fog.  My parents and I went camping here once. 
The small village of Inverness, CA.  We were on our way to see the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, but my ankle was hurting and we decided to go back to the motel--saving Pt. Reyes for another trip. 

 

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