Karl, We Love You <3

16 Sep

Back to our vacation in San Francisco.

On our third day of vacation we were up early and headed straight to Lands End for a morning of climbing.  We were staying on the opposite side of San Francisco so we had an uber pick us up and take us over there.  I’m not sure if he really knew where we needed to be but he dropped us off and we made our way into the park.  The views were incredible.  Despite Karl, the fog if you recall, being an ever present being while we were in San Francisco, he made for some beautiful views.  Once we made it out to the shoreline, which was a ways up from the water, we could see across the bay.  We had the Golden Gate Bridge to the right and the pacific ocean to the left.  It was amazing.

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20150731_172929309_iOS 20150731_175649951_iOS20150731_175330481_iOSWe spent a lot of time walking the trails of the park.  A lot of time climbing up mountainous terrain.  Once we had our fill of the sites of Lands End we started making our way south west to find the entrance to Golden Gate Park.  Along our journey we came across the Sutro Baths and some amazing cliff views.

20150731_185258147_iOSAs we walked further around the coast and towards the park we came across a large stretch of beach.  Despite the overcast weather, there were a lot of people milling about and what looked like a volleyball camp full of kids learning to play.  As a beach girls myself, i loved the sites and sounds of the morning beach goers.

20150731_190824795_iOS 20150731_191028687_iOS 20150731_191512644_iOSAs we got closer to the park we were greeted by two huge windmills that were built in the early 1900’s.  It was a beautiful sight to see in the big city.

20150731_192141957_iOSFor anyone that doesn’t know about Golden Gate Park, its designed much like Central Park in New York City.  But this one, is 200+ acres LARGER than Central Park!  Why don’t we hear more about it?

20150731_195602561_iOSWe walked the entire length of the park and came across some amazing gardens along the way.  We even came across a wedding!  Nestled deep within the park are amazing attractions such as the Japanese Tea Garden, The California Academy of Science and the Conservatory of Flowers, just to name a few.  I wanted to get to all of them but sadly, there was just not enough time in the day.  We did make it to the tea garden and the science center which were both amazing!  We could have planned an entire day in the Golden Gate Park but there was just too much to see!  Oh, and we had to pop out of the park about mid way through to get a donut the size of my forearm.  It was listed on the 50 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die 🙂

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On top of the Science Academy

20150731_212016190_iOS 20150731_234825855_iOS 20150731_235205845_iOSOn our way out of the park I forced Britton to walk through the Haight Ashbury district.  It was an experience to say the least.  I found San Francisco to be one of the dirtiest major cities that I’ve visited and historic Haight Ashbury district was among the dirtiest.  And the people that roamed the streets left much to be desired.

20150801_002157299_iOSWe took a cab back to the hotel from the Haight and got ready for our second amazing meal.  We headed to Marlowe and had to have their famous burger.  This was another place on the 50 things to eat list.  We indulged in some hand crafted cocktails and some amazing food that night.  It was wonderful!

20150801_034511405_iOS 20150801_044614000_iOSOn Saturday morning we had a quick list of things to do before heading to the airport to catch out plane.  I HAD to see the Palace of Fine Arts before heading home.  The palace was built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific Exposition.  It was not built to last but instead rebuilt in the 60’s and is now a treasure for San Franciscans.

20150801_161409412_iOS 20150801_161150475_iOSOn our walk back to the hotel we took an alternative route to bring us by Ghiradelli Square.  I wasn’t too impressed probably because it was the follow up to the Palace but we did enjoy some grub at a diner in the square and watched some people swimming out in the bay.

We had an amazing time out west and I hope we can go back some day!

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