Exploring the Exploratorium

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
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Trip End Oct 23, 2009


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Grosvenor House Suites

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, September 26, 2009

We fired up the GPS and drove to the Exploratorium, arriving just before opening time of 10.00 am (most shops and attractions seem to open at this time). There was already a queue, so we thought that it would probably be pretty good - and it was! This is hands-on science, and if you had more time you could read the accompanying explanations and learn more than you ever did in school, but with hundreds of exhibits, all with something to push, pull, turn, listen to, watch or simply play with, we were flat out just keeping up with the treasures as they flitted from one adventure to the next. (Actually, we lost track of T1 in the crowd for about three-quarters of an hour, but no harm was done.)

The good thing about the Exploratorium is that even though it was full of kids and parents, there are just so many exhibits that if there was a wait, it was usually only a short one. There is no set way to move through it, you just follow your desires and head towards what interests you. We stayed about five hours and it was still hard to drag T2 away from making gigantic bubbles.

On the way back to the hotel, we saw "Lombard Street" and decided that we would try to find our way to the "crookedest street in SF" (although our tour guide the other day said it's really the second crookedest - it is the most famous one though). The hill on which we joined the queue of cars was extremely steep and T2 fretted with every hand-brake start (made more tricky by the fact that the handbrake in our rental car is a pull-out thing under the dash, not in the middle as we are used to), but we made it. It's one-way going down, and the turns don't seem quite so bad when you are driving them. It's a seriously pretty street too, with flower gardens all the way down, but hard to believe that people actually live on it. FOMC pointed out that he had noticed that the fabulous mansions high on the sides of the hills in SF mostly had Minis in the garages rather than Rolls Royces - big cars would not be able to manage the turns or fit in the tiny garages.

We walked to Chinatown for dinner (across Nob Hill and then down two steep flights of stairs and round a couple of corners, so not too hard a walk), but found it very difficult to choose a restaurant, especially as T2 urgently needed a restroom. We chose the only one we saw that had satay on the menu (the treasures' favourite), but I didn't mention to FOMC the nearly dead fish I saw in the tank near the restroom! So the food wasn't great, but we are not dead from food poisoning, so it's all good!


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