Let’s Go for a Cable Car Ride

IMG_6190The wind began to pick up on the bluff where we were perched in Pacifia.  We stayed at San Francisco RV (an encore park) over looking the water.  The sites were the tightest we have been in.  The slides were only a few inches from the next camper and our stairs opened into the next site, but it was very convenient to down town.  Well the wind picked up and rattled our camper all night long.  I was so glad when morning came.  IMG_3341

We drove to the wharf so we could spend some time down town.  We parked near Telegraph Hill in view of Coit Tower.  Marcus had just finished Earthquakes in Early Morning (a Magic Tree House book about the Earthquake of 1906.)  The earthquake was nowhere near as devastating as the fire it caused.  Broken water mains made fire fighting nearly impossible.  The blaze finally was brought under control after three days, when the winds shifted and the rain appeared.  Coit Tower is a tribute to the city’s firefighters.IMG_5949

We walked past the Transamerica Pyramid which is designed to move with tremors in the earth.

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We walked through China Town.  Caroline has been reading Julie, an American Girl Doll book

and she visits China Town so Caroline was excited to see it.IMG_5925

IMG_5924We made our way to the Cable Car Museum.  We saw all the pulleys and cables it takes to run the cable cars. Before the invention of the cable car in 1873, few people lived on San Francisco’s steep hills.  After Andrew Hallidie witnessed a horse drawn tram slipping down the incline, he was determined to find a better way.  By the 1880’s property values along the cable car lines rose.

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To move forward, cable cars grip a continually moving cable.

A skilled brake person and conductor work together to operate the cars.

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We walked to Powell Street to ride the Powell Mason Cable Car from beginning to end.IMG_5940

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We headed back to our camper.  It was still pretty wind, but before we went to bed my prayers were answered, the wind calmed down so we could all get a much needed good nights sleep.IMG_3347

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