Thursday, January 1, 2015

I left my heart in San Francisco, part deux

Today was also lots of fun as my family went on a day trip to San Francisco with Sophie's hiking club. It was no doubt a great way to start the year!

The adventure began with Jeff and Sheila giving us a ride to San Francisco. The group met at a corner near Clement Street; the five of us arrived a few minutes late due to unexpected traffic, but luckily everyone else was nice enough to wait for us. The first stop was the mosaic stairs at 16th Avenue. The stairway was impressive and must have taken an incredible amount of effort to build. The view of the Pacific Ocean from the top was just amazing.

Things didn't exactly go to plan as one of the ladies was bitten by a stranger's dog near the stairs. The guy walking the dog wasn't too helpful and left without providing any identification. Dad helped make a police report; the incident took up much of the morning as the woman had to look for a doctor.

The rest of us decided to hike up to the nearby Grand View Park in the meantime. The ascent of the hill was particularly strenuous but rewarded us with one of the best views of San Francisco. The next stop was the Hidden Garden Stairs, another one of those mosaic stairways. This one was completed in December 2013 and was also beautiful. It was noon when we were done taking pictures, after which we went to a Chinese restaurant for lunch. The eatery was kind of small, and our party easily took up two-fifths of the tables. At any rate, the food was delicious!

Golden Gate Park awaited us in the afternoon. I wish we could have stayed longer as the park was a lovely place. The bison paddock definitely brought back memories of Yellowstone. The final stop of the day was the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. It was a nice spot for a rest even though there were no tulips at this time of the year. Seeing that it was getting late at this point, our group shared some snacks at a nearby picnic area before going separate ways.

Although not as long as the field trip in August, this hike was nonetheless a great workout. MapMyRun says we each walked a total of over eight miles. The only downside is that there were no other young people in our group. I guess most millennials just aren't interested in these types of activities.

A huge thank-you goes out to Jeff for the ride to and from San Francisco. Although Mom wanted to treat him and Sheila to dinner for their troubles, Sheila declined as she didn't want us to be too tired. Her consideration is truly appreciated. Even though Jeff and Sheila didn't stay for dinner, the day couldn't have been better. I've posted pictures from our hike here.

Once again, happy New Year, everyone!

Currently listening to: "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry

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