The Two RV Gypsies: Full-Time RVers
visited the Fisherman's Wharf
in San Francisco, California
June 11, 2015

The majority of the northern waterfront of the San Francisco area is claimed as the charming and historic neighborhood of “Fisherman’s Wharf.” When the days of the California Gold Rush were in full swing, Chinese immigrants swarmed here to fish for all kinds of under-the-sea delicacies for the growing city

USA map showing location of CaliforniaFishermans Wharf signcalifornia map

Forbes Island Restaurant is a curious little spot nestled between Piers 39 and 41 in San Francisco. With Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, it is the perfect setting for a small eatery. However at first glance with it’s mini lighthouse, palm trees and white sand decks you would never really know what it was. It is basically a restaurant on a floating island. There are small various banquet rooms to accommodate private parties and events, a below sea level dining room and a lounge and bar area above the water with some fantastic views of the bay, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and of course the resident seals.

There is a small boat which provides service from Pier 39 to the island which takes only a few minutes. The below sea level dining area is a bit dark, damp and if you are in any way prone to motion sickness, this is not the restaurant for you. Attire required: Dressy - Price: Expensive!

Forbes Island Restaurant and Karen
Forbes Island Restaurant
Forbes Island Restaurant
Forbes Island Restaurant

Below: Panorama from pier 41

Panorama from pier 41

Below: Karen Duquette at Fisherman's Wharf

Karen Duquette at pier 41

Below: Views of the city as seen from Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
reward sign

The two RV Gypsies heard that the seals had left and then came back again. But not all of them came back.
Below: Compare the amount of seals in 2015 with the amount of seals in 2009.

Pier 39 and the seals
- May 4, 2009-

Pier 39 and the seals
June 11, 2015

Pier 39 and the seals - 2009 Pier 39 and the seals - 2015

Below - Seals in 2015

Pier 39 and the seals
Pier 39 and the seals
Pier 39 and the seals
Pier 39 and the seals
Pier 39 and the seals
seal swimming

Alcatraz Island, commonly referred to as simply Alcatraz or locally as The Rock, is a small island located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California, United States. It served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963. It became a national recreation area in 1972 and received land marking designations in 1976 and 1986.

Today, the island is an historic site operated by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Alcatraz has been featured in many movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, comics, and games.

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
Lee Duquette and Alcatraz Island
the two RV Gypsies and Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island and flags

Below: A carousel at Pier 39

carousel at Pier 39
double decker carousel at Pier 39
double decker carousel at Pier 39
big crab

NOTE: If you wish to see -Fisherman's wharf and Alcatraz Island in 2009 you may go there now. The photos are different and there will be a link to bring you back here.

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Menu for the two RV Gypsies in California. You may view these 4 sections in any order you choose. There is also a link to Oregon at the bottom of this page.

You do not have to return here to continue from page to page because there is a link at the bottom of each page for further navigation.

Section 1 of 4: San Diego

Entering the state of California

Mount Helix Park

USS Midway (CV-41)
& several memorials

A National Salute to Bob Hope
and The Military

Unconditional Surrender Statues (FL 2013 & CA 2015)

Artwork - "Our Silences"

Beaches in San Diego

Balboa Park

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

San Diego Botanical Gardens

Cabrillo National Monument

Pio Pico Thousand Trails


Section 2 of 4: Los Angeles County

Fairflex Los Angeles KOA in Pomona

Mt. Baldy Park

Los Angles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Section 3 of 4: San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf and the seals in 2015 (this page)

Lombard - The zig-zag street

Golden Gate Bridge - 2009 and 2015

Eureka KOA

Section 4 of 4: The Redwoods - Giant trees and more

Willits - Gateway to the Redwoods

Travel photos and some elk

Avenue of the Giants

The Drive Thru Tree #1

The Drive Thru Tree #2

Beach at Redwood National Park

Trees of Mystery - page 1

Aerial Tram at Trees of Mystery

Tall Tale trail at Trees of Mystery

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have viewed all of the above sections, please continue on to
Florence, Oregon: a dune buggy ride, Devils Churn, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and more.