The official anniversary ended the prior evening but a few of us opted to stay another day. I was in the lobby early having coffee and a muffin. Kate and Sally would be meeting me and the plan was to take the cable car from Powell to the end, be touristy and make it to Chinatown. When I saw Elizabeth Z. In the lobby I told her the plan and she was happy to join us for part of it.
You should have seen us hustling to get the Most Perfect seats on that cable car and we had the Most Excellent Views down über hilly side streets. I won’t mention the two friendly young Mexican fellows in tip-top-shape runners (just ran in the marathon thing) who grabbed the standing room space in front of us.
When we reached the end of the ride the four of us proceeded to walk back down to the Ferry Building. This unexpectedly long walk left us hot, sweaty and exhausted so we grabbed a table inside and regrouped. After awhile Elizabeth split off to check out of the hotel and begin her road trip back home. Sally, Kate and I made it to the beginning of Chinatown and took in the sites. Yikes! Walking, walking, walking. Big hills. New York’s Chinatown is just an itty bitty hick town (a densely packed one) in comparison. Exhausted again we found a tea shop where we could sit, sip and relax.
Kate and I made our way back to the hotel, and, I can’t remember any of us having anything except the morning hotel muffins to eat the whole day. No wonder we were so ravenous. We wanted a simple meal and forgot about Julia’s e-mail recommendation of the nearby mall’s food court until the person manning the hotel reception desk reminded us. Off we went for a very satisfying plate of pasta. Ahhhh.
While I waited for boarding to start I took advantage of a woman who had no problem sleeping.
That’s it for San Francisco. The masterfully organized JKPP 5th Anniversary was a whirlwind of sketching, conversations, new friends and non-stop laughing.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers.