Sunday, April 15, 2018
The San Francisco Treat
Riding the cable-cars in San Francisco is both great fun and an efficient way to get across town. My hotel was just a block from the Powell Street Cable Car stop. The cable car goes across the city to Fisherman's Wharf in almost a straight line, and up and over a killer hill. I bought a one week "Muni" pass, allowing unlimited bus, street car and cable car rides. With cable car rides at $7 each way, the Muni passport is a great value - you can download their app, buy the pass online and just show the ticket on your phone (it was the first time I did that and it worked great.) I hopped on the cable cars three times and rode more street cars and busses than I can count.
The most coveted seats are on the outside, even better is standing on the outside, hanging into traffic. I did both. The cars run on a cable under the street. The cable moves continuously, and the cars control forward movement by grabbing onto and letting go of the moving cable. I have been out early in the morning, when the cables were just starting to move, it is a magical time, the sound is quiet amazing of the cables moving under the tracks.
Speaking of sounds, how many of you have a certain advertising jingle rattling around in your head? A San Francisco Treat indeed.