We launched our dinghy and tried to get access to the park, but were unable to and had to leave with Pesto to the marina in Richmond. Then, a couple days later, we drove to San Francisco and our plan was to visit the Park that time. However, we got distracted at the Ghirardelli store upon arrival and when we made it to the Park’s entrance, it had just closed – major frustration.
This week we had days of great weather, and drove again to the City specially to visit the Park – this time with proper time allocation. And in hindsight, I’m glad we weren’t able to enter on the previous two occasions, since we wouldn’t have had enough time to enjoy the great attractions of the place.
Visiting Balclutha was a fantastic experience. When I was a kid, I had a fascination for square riggers and clipper ships. But more than the ship’s features, what caught my attention the most on this visit was the strength of will required to conceive, build, and specially sail a ship like this across the oceans. They had no engine, were extremely complex and demanding to sail. And fragile.
And while on Balclutha’s deck, we could gaze yet again across the Aquatic Park’s Cove:
As I mentioned before – the one thing about this place: you can’t beat the view. And the attractions as well !