The Morning after the Night Before
I'm writing this the morning after the Trump victory or the Clinton defeat, whichever way you want to look at it. We're here in San Francisco and the Californians we've spoken to so far, are absolutely devastated. We left New Zealand on Sunday after a very enjoyable stay with Mike and Rae Firmston in Auckland where they gave us a whistle stop tour of their lovely city. We really should have left more time to discover its secrets.
However, on the way north to them we visited the most extraordinary geysers and thermal pools at Orakei Karako, it was to use an American term awesome! A beautiful blue sky, a tranquil lake and the most amazing geological features were one of the real highlights of our journey.
Now we're staying in downtown San Francisco where our theme of contrasts has yet again been spotlighted. We're near super rich accomodation and restaurants, yet every night there are homeless camping on the streets and almost eating the scraps from the gutter. We meet extremely warm and welcoming people but have encountered real intransigence and obstruction when trying to arrange our visit to Alcatraz, it's not as if we were trying to escape and we'd paid! A story much too long for this report.
Last night, having visited the delightful village of Sausalito in the afternoon we boarded a 'Big Bus' for an evening tour of the bay. With brakes that screamed, passengers who fell over unlit obstacles at 'rest rfoom' stops, a guide who was making it up as he went along and a massive traffic jam it was just too much when we went in a bar to be met by the young staff with very long faces. All Clinton supporters they were monitoring the East Coast results which were not making happy reading!
Today we've retreated to fantasy land at the marvellous Walt Disney Family Museam, not a statue of Mickey in sight but a fascinating story of his rise to fame and success with professional personal and family memorabilia. Set in beautiful parklands owned by the military, we've basked in the sunshine and delightful quiet before we return to the city streets this evening. Just one more day before we fly home. By the by, how is November in UK?