Monday, October 10, 2016

Fleet Week in the City - Blue Angels and Columbus Day Parade

Fleet Week - Red White Blue bwOctober in San Francisco usually means great fall weather, Giants baseball and Fleet Week.

This year, we saw Fleet Week and the Blue Angels' air show from the Aquatic Park in front of Ghirardelli Square. I have absolutely enjoyed watching it. Bonus was seeing parts of the Columbus Day while walking in Fisherman's Wharf.

Mijo and I took BART to the Embarcadero Station and from there we took the F train in front of the Ferry Building to Fisherman's Wharf. While waiting for the F train, we ran into San Francisco Councilman Scott Weiner who was also waiting for the F train. 

Mijo and I were going to go to Pier 27 and see the Fleet Week air show from there. However, we learned from the Muni staff directing festival goers that day that the best view is from Aquatic Park in front of Ghirardelli Square. We were going to discover later that day that the friendly Muni staff was right.

On our way to the Aquatic Park, we also saw the Columbus Day parade. 
Fleet Week -Columbus Day parade coast guard 
Fleet Week -Columbus Day parade float Fleet Week -Columbus Day parade band 

Here's the Fleet Week souvenir shop. The miniature Blue Angels are so cute.
  Fleet Week - Souvenirs 

Mijo and I have seen the air show from the Coit Tower, Dolores Park and Ferry Building. This year, following the Muni Staff's suggestion, we saw it from the Aquatic Park. The views were amazing!
  Fleet Week - Red White Blue 
Fleet Week - Blue Jays Fleet Week - Blue Angels formation 3 
Fleet Week - Blue Angels formation 2 Fleet Week - Blue Angels c

Not only the views were sweeping, we also heard the commentaries from the Fleet Week voice overs so we got the scoop who was flying which aircraft and what kind of manuever or stunts the air men was performing. Even though I've seen this event many times, it still gives me the heebie jeebies every time the planes fly close or fly head to head.
Fleet Week - Blue Angels surprise 
Fleet Week - Blue Angels free fall Fleet Week - Blue Angels four formation Fleet Week - Blue Angels formation 

On our way back home while walking to connect to BART, I saw the Blue Angels again over the Ferry Building. Amazing show. Thanks, Fleet Week and the Blue Angles!
  Fleet Week - Ferry Building 
  Fleet Week - Garlic fries Fleet Week - Fish and Chips


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