Pampanito

By Erik Carlson

The Troop met at the Sacramento Amtrak train station at 5:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Twenty-seven Scouts and fourteen adults went on the trip. The train departed at 6:30 a.m. and arrived in Emeryville a few hours later. We boarded a bus to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf where we walked through the Financial District over to China Town for a potty break and snack before heading off to the Cable Car Museum where the boys got to see how the cable car system works. Next stop was Coit Tower. Where we were able to see the wonderful sites of San Francisco and where we had lunch.

We then hiked down to Ghiradelli’s Square, Marina Area and then over to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 where the boys had a couple of hours to walk around in small groups. We all meet at North Beach Pizza for a great buffet dinner. Next stop was at the U.S.S. Pampanito submarine, where the docents gave a great tour of the sub and how it worked in WWII. After the tour we were free to explore the sub and watch submarine movies. During the night, we all completed a one hour watch, four scouts and two adults per watch from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Sunday morning, we toured Maritime Historical Park to explore the old boats. The group then climbed aboard a bus to take us back to the train station in Emeryville to return to Sacramento by 4 p.m. The boys and the adults had a great time.

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