The Monday after Easter Day was also a gray day, but we decided to stick with our flexible itinerary and visit Sausalito. Even though we were prepared with ponchos and umbrellas, it did not rain on us.
We took the ferry to Sausalito and really enjoyed our excursion. Sausalito was discovered in 1775 by Spanish explorers. Its name means Little Willow. We had briefly visited Sausalito a few years ago when we were following the Tour of California (bicycle race), but had not really seen the town. I need to repeat myself and inform those of you who are eligible for the senior Clipper Card to get it because it will save you a lot of money. My 1-way fare was $5.75 while bikinchris's was $11.75. We caught the ferry at the Ferry Building (where else?).
Coit Tower stood out in the gray sky.
Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge were also visible.
(We decided to purchase our return ticket when we disembarked in the event that a lot of people were buying tickets before the return trip. That worked out well because there were lots of people buying tickets to return including a group of about 50 cyclists on a tour.)
We walked around town for several hours and enjoyed browsing the galleries and boutiques. There were sidewalk cafes where you could stop for an espresso or cappuccino, or 3 wine tasting establishments. (information from a brochure produced by the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce) We also looked at menus displayed by restaurants along the waterfront and finally decided on Sausalito Tacos where we had a delicious lunch; although we didn't care too much for the chips and salsa that were an extra charge. It would have been fun to sit outside, but it was a bit damp.
After lunch, we walked along the waterfront and admired all the boats (or should I say yachts) in the harbor. We spent a few minutes in a bookstore called Passages that also has a branch in the Ferry Building before returning to board the ferry.
We would have enjoyed visiting the Bay Model, a sprawling 1 1/2 acre model of the entire San Francisco Bay and the San Joaquin-Sacramento River delta complete with flowing water; however, it was closed on Monday. (Description found in Fodor's Guide of San Francisco)
After the short ferry ride back to San Francisco, we spent some time visiting the shops in the Ferry Building.