San Francisco: Day 5
On Wednesday of the first week, we had breakfast in the room and I went for a Starbucks run to get some coffee. Then, we headed for the Golden Gate Park, and more specifically, the Japanese Tea Garden. If you get there before a certain time, it is free. Otherwise, you have to pay to get in. There was another free tour that morning, so we opted to take advantage of it. The tour guide talked a lot about the architecture and what things around the area meant. It was a pleasing place to spend a morning and it had a zen-like quality to it.
Next, we explored the rest of the Golden Gate Park, including a nearby playground where we let the kids play for awhile. Afterwards, we headed toward the area where there was supposed to be bison. We were thinking we might see several grazing in the fields, but the only ones we saw were holed up in the barn. It was actually pretty disappointing.
Our next stop was all the way to the other end of the park at Ocean Beach. There were some gorgeous views here but you couldn’t really get in the water because of the riptide and the temperatures were too cool.
Once we were finished in this area, we decided to go back to the Haight-Ashbury area and visit Loved to Death. This little shop has a lot of macabre things and is on the TV show Oddities. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take any pictures, so I only have one picture of an item they specifically said we could photograph until it was sold to a band who planned to use it in their music video, and at that time, people would no longer be able to photograph it.
We walked around the area and decided to have a late lunch/early dinner at a place called 1428. They had savory crepes that were pretty amazing. I had a pesto chicken crepe with roasted potatoes and Eric ordered a garden fajita crepe with roasted potatoes. The kids wanted macaroni and cheese, and I have to say it was the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tasted. We stopped at a local coffee shop next and had coffee, hot chocolate, and some goodies. After stopping in to a few shops, we headed back to the room. Later that night, I ran out to pick up Thai food because Eric needed a snack, but we stayed in for the evening.
See what else we did in California: