I’ve been talking to a friend about her upcoming trip to America, including San Francisco… got me remembering what a cool city it was, so thought I’d do a bit of a flashback post thing today! The original plan was to grab a few bikes, ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, and come back to the Golden Gate Park to relax with some lunch. That didn’t go quite to plan; apparently among other similarities to Melbourne, San Francisco’s weather can be a little crazy. It was sunshine and rainbows the day we came up with this plan, less than 24 hours later it was just rain. And lots of it! So we scrapped the bike idea, had a cup of tea in the foyer of our hotel and waited for the rain to ease up a little; as soon as it did, we ran outside, hailed a cab and asked him to take us to the park.
Our cab driver was super helpful actually, offering to drop us off right near the de Young Museum, which is apparently the easiest point to navigate from if you’re not too familiar with the enormous park (seriously, it covers a little over 1000 acres!)
I guess we got pretty lucky, because the rain actually stopped for an hour or so, which made for a much more pleasant visit! One of the things that really got to me was the Music Concourse – it was a beautiful, huge area, where I imagine would be a great place to spend a summer day listening to some music. In the winter, however, it seemed to have been converted to a makeshift shelter for the homeless souls of the city. It was confronting, and quite heart breaking to see… it really went to show that homelessness really is a universal problem that we need to tackle.
It was a beautiful park, very green and well kept, even in the winter holiday season. It was nice to see a few groups of people practicing Tai Chi, and families getting their kids away from the video games and out into the fresh air. I’d have liked to have stopped at the Japanese Tea Gardens, but we were wary of the rain starting up again before we’d had the chance to see more of the park, so we pushed on. There’s actually a heap to do there, if you have the time and appropriate weather – there’s the museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Gardens, California Academy of Sciences, playgrounds, archery field, it just keeps on going! Just pack yourself a picnic basket and cross your fingers for sunshine!