A walk in the parks
Trip Start Oct 10, 2009
30Trip End Nov 04, 2009
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Where I stayed
Days Inn, Lombard
The plan today was to explore the two big SF parks - Presidio Park and Golden Gate Park. Now to confuse matters, the Presidio overlooks the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate doesn't. Clear, eh? Anyway, to the Presidio first. It was a straightforward run from the motel, remembering to turn off Hwy 101 at the last min or be swept over the bridge
I also have more pictures of the bridge than any human will ever need, but at least we could see it today. From Chrissy Field we climbed in the car up to the Golden Gate overlook, where we arrived at a time not much later than we had the day before. A somewhat different view from this point today! More Golden Gate Bridge pictures in the collection. We then drove down the other side to Baker Beach, which was notorious at one time for being a nudist beach. Alas today it is nothing like that, but if offered yet more good views of the bridge, only from the other side!
A straight run out of Presidio Park on Lincoln Blvd and 25th Avenue took us directly to Golden Gate Park
From there we drove down to centre of the park where the Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Botanic Garden are located. The whole area was rammed with people and cars, so we splashed out for a parking place in the underground garage. Oooh, $6.50 it cost for the afternoon. We took the elevator (ok, the lift) up to the Academy of Sciences - I wasn't sure what this was, but turned out to be a natural history museum, planetarium and aquarium in one. £24.95 each to get in. Nah, not that bothered to see yet another big fish tank. The de Young museum had the Tutankhamun exhibition - you know the one that was at the O2 in London a couple of years back? I dread to think how much tickets were here in SF… ah, $32.50, I just googled it. Glad I didn't bother. I saw it back in 1972 at the British Museum and we queued for hours and hours (when I were a lad, etc, etc)
You should know by now I am not much of an expert on Botanicals, but even I thought the SF garden was scruffy. They did have quite a few labels and quite a few varieties, but Wendy wasn't much impressed with their garden maintenance. They did say that there had been a serious drought in California for the last 3 years, but it looked to be that the dearth was more to do with weeding and tidying than watering. One of the first things we came across was the Australia and New Zealand gardens, so it was, in the words of Yogi Berra a bit like deja vu all over again. After a while we retrieved the car and let Jane (my bossy SatNav girl) guide us to Fisherman's Wharf for some tea.This she did by taking a very exciting route indeed - shades of Steve McQueen (except at 30mph in a Ford Focus rather than 80mph in a Ford Mustang).
Still, it's been a lovely day with 70 degree temps and I have a definite tan line where my wristwatch was. Tomorrow is forecast to be even warmer. With any luck we'll be heading out further afield and the crowds will be back at work. Here's to tomorrow!