Rockin like james may on the segway!

Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
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Trip End Jul 12, 2011


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Segway tour of Golden Gate Park was on the list for today. We got up early and caught the bus over to golden gate park by 9, past the Golden Gate bridge which is a mighty fine structure, even when covered by fog, ate some breakfast in the park while watching old people do tai chi, and then began our segway tour!

We were the only ones that had signed up for the early Sunday morning session so we had a private tour :D We got trained by some segway veterans, who ride segways in their spare time just for fun. We were doing turns and stops and practised getting on and off (the hardest part for most people) and then we were on our way! Training usually takes about 45 minutes out of the tour time of 2.5 hours, but we managed to knock it over in about 20 mins, so that meant more tour, and of course more segway riding for us! Our guide, Cody, was super knowledgeable and had obviously done his research on everything in the park and made it really interesting for us. The park is in fact larger than central park and when you are in the middle of some of the memorial redwood groves in the park (there are 3), it feels like you aren't in the city anymore because you can’t hear or see the traffic and it was like we had fastforwarded and were exploring Yosemite on segways...until we came back onto a main path and there were people rollerblading and dogs playing and stuff. But yeah Cody showed us the sites and was interested in us being from Australia and doing environmental science, he kept asking us about plants and mostly we just smiled and nodded because we had no idea about American plants...but then he asked us about the eucalypts in the park and we answered his questions because we studied them for 3 years! Once we finished the tour we had graduation and got our PhDs of segway riding and then we went over to the California Academy of Sciences.

We had seen a documentary about the making of the building while we were locked in our Vancouver hotel room away from the druggos and hookers hanging out on our street and both thought it would be awesome to go visit. It has the largest growing coral reef fish tank in the world i believe and is also one of the most eco-friendly buildings ever. The 'rolling roof’ was designed to fit in with the rolling hills of the park as the whole park was built on sand dunes, and theyve done a good job of it. Its planted with a number of different plants, including strawberries which i think they even sell downstairs. There a big massive circular windows in the top of the hilly roof which regulates the temperature of the whole building, as if the building itself is breathing. It’s quite cool. The insulation is also made out of blue jeans! Recycled and totally simple. So we had fun exploring the massive aquarium (we saw a giant sea bass and dad, if you ever came across a giant sea bass on the wii you would definitely have to turn line break off because it is GINORMOUS and would most likely pull you in and eat you before letting you catch it!).

They had a natural history museum there as well but we’ve seen plenty of those so we skipped it and went straight to the penguins! They were fun penguins. One little kid went up and looked at the tank and didn’t see anything so started playing with his car, and then this penguin came swimming past out of nowhere and scared him and he threw the car and ran back to his mum, it was very funny.

The whole back of the building is a research centre, and we weren’t allowed in but we could see people working and it looked like a fun place to do research! L In my dreams.
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