Jim & June's Odyssey 081114
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
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Golden Gate Park - Proclaims to be the largest urban park in North America full of walking/biking trails which primarily reminds us what the area used to look like before San Francisco existed. It is very lush. There are ethnic botanical and tea gardens, shrines, temples, windmills, statues, etc paying homage to the descendant's homelands and honoring the historic builders of this area.
California Academy of Sciences - A large complex that opened in Sept 2008 that houses an aquarium, Rainforests of the world, African animals surrounded by intricately crafted dioramas, coral reefs,
De Young Museum - A state-of-the-art building that incorporates modern energy efficient technology. Duh....the place contains art! I tried but the only thing I found interesting was at the entrance where the massive marble floor was intentialy cracked to simulate/depict the after-effects of an earthquake. There are several large boulders that were placed on the marble and they were cracked as well. Amazingly, the crack lines in the floor line up with the cracks in the floor - how'd they do that??
Ripley's Believe It or Not - Contains over 300 exhibits of unusual feats, odd customs, unbelievable occurrences and interactive displays - all are very interesting. The best "Canadian" Believe It or Not exhibit is one of a fish that grows fur to protect it from the extremely cold Canadian waters. These fish were displayed throughout the world where several scholarly people and notable institutions stubbornly refused to believe that the fish was a hoax. None of these geniuses considered the fact that water turns to ice at 0 degrees - it don't get colder than that, Believe It or Not. It wasn't until Ripley tracked down a taxidermist (in Canada) that was making a living by putting rabbit fur on Rainbow Trout. HAHA.
Downtown - Although mostly modern, there are several old buildings that dominate the skyline. They're architecturally inspiring and very well maintained.
Larkspur Ferry - A very quick and scenic trip across the San Francisco Bay beside San Quentin prison, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz and the 8.5 mile long Oakland Bay Bridge, dodging Cruise ships, cargo ships and fuel tankers to the beautiful Port of San Francisco terminal located at the end of Market Street. From there you can easily walk throughout the downtown area or catch the cable cars, trolleys or Muni buses that traverse several scenic/interesting locations throughout the city. When you're finished, all modes of transportation will eventually take you back to the ferry building again. We found it very easy to get around - if you're alert.