Go to Pier 39? Eat clam chowder? Have a milkshake from Ghiradelli Square? Shop in Union Square? Ok, all of these are completely valid and I hope that everyone does so at least once in their lives. But there is SO much more to the bay than just Pier 39 or even a Giants game. I’ve had my fair share of games and I guess I am slightly biased as a Dodgers fan, but not the point. I had one more day of freedom to my weekend and decided to make it count. After waking up and pounding out a little homework, I set off for the city. This took a little load off my homework plate for today and it also enabled me to miss the traffic. I had some ideas of what I wanted to accomplish and while some were checked off my list, others were not. Still never been to Haight/Ashbury, but I guess there’s room for another trip 🙂
Check out those killer hills. Maybe save them for another trip. This time, it was all along a flat road. Long (~11 miles of walking) but flat. So, has anyone heard of the “Harlem Shake”? It’s one of those new dances where everyone seems to be making their own version. I guess you could say it’s a flash mob. Well, I’ve always wanted to participate in one and I was walking along and saw them filming this. They were encouraging anyone to jump in and well, why not? YOLO, right? Check it out here 🙂
Excuse the marshmallow vest. Don’t we all look good in five layers of clothing? I had to get at least one good tourist picture in the day, right?
Clear enough to spot Alcatraz! Another fun trip (better if you read “Al Capone Does My Shirts” 😉 ) but book ahead! Ready to walk across! Though I have been to SF a number of times, this was still unaccomplished. Usually as Girl Scouts, you “bridge” to the next level in 5th grade by walking across the Golden Gate. Our year happened to be 9/11, so that was a no-go. Instead, we hopped our way across a 4 foot wooden bridge in the center of a cafeteria. Yeah, quite anti-climactic. A look at the city from the bridge. What a sight indeed! Because San Fran is such a big city, it is bound to have some good eateries. I probably debated if I should buy something (and what that would be) or stick with my Kind bar and carrots. Well, a hot dog at 2:30 doesn’t hurt. 🙂 Plus, with a sign like that, it was too hard to turn down. I figure I earned it after 8 miles of walking (at that point…still more walking to go)
Up next were a few famous hot spots that I wanted to document. They were a ways into the city, so walking was out of the question. Trust me, I probably would have done it if I had more time. But, 3:30 was cutting it close. Below is Tartine’s Bakery, a seemingly WONDERFUL place to pick up something for lunch or a treat. I have been recommended to eat here a number of times, but without fail, the line is always out the door. I guess everyone has the same brilliant plan, even at 4pm. This would be the Bi-Rite Market, which started in 1940. It seems to be a popular joint and was evidenced by the fact that I could barely make my way into the store and through the tiny aisles. It certainly was jam-packed with people and filled to the brim with fresh produce, gourmet cheese, beverages and beyond, and even the Bi-Rite branded ice cream. But more on the ice cream below. I spot the ice cream in the store, but wanted the actual ice cream shop itself. Ah, there it is! Bi-Rite Creamery, just a few feet up and across the street. Brilliant 🙂 This creamery creates some of the most extravagant and delicious flavors of ice cream. If you don’t believe me, check it out here!
They have two parts, a soft-serve and baked goods window (how clever) and a walk-in store filled with various ice-cream flavors. It can’t get much better than that, can it? Certainly a spot I would love to return to if I can gather any one to go with me.
So that was that. My grand solo adventure for the weekend. Now it’s back to homework and projects for the day. But, I’m already planning my next study break 🙂
My boyfriend and I are seriously considering moving to San Francisco when we are done with school so this post is SO exciting for me!! Looks like you had an awesome time 🙂
Why do you always have the coolest life? I want to go eat ice cream and wear puffy vests and participate in flash mobs with you!!!
I love San Fransisco! I’ve only been once years ago, but I am dying to go again!
NOOOO WAYYYYY that is my life goal to make a harlem shake video. Ok not life goal but close
You captured many of my favorites in SF!
Oh good! I’m glad I could make it all happen 🙂 You will have to let me know if there is anything I am missing!
Such a cool trip! That’s awesome that you made it in the harlem shake video too, my school filmed one a friday but I was too lazy to trek across campus wearing ridiculous clothing 🙂
UCSB’s was soooo good!!! Loved it 😀
Haha, I seriously stumbled upon it and then debated whether to do it or not. In the end, I did it but was definitely in my running capris and big ‘ol vest and backpack 🙂 My favorite was the man in the banana costume
I seriously love San Francisco – easily one of my top 5 favorite cities. Haha love your tourist pics too. Hot dogs and ice cream? AND a bakery? Sounds like a solid day to me! Glad you had such a good time!
I bridged across the Golden Gate in Girl Scouts! I think we bridged to Cadettes in SF. Walking across the bridge is definitely something everyone in Cali should try to do during their life 🙂
Love all your pix! I was born in San Francisco and go often so I feel like it has a special place in my heart 🙂 What a fun little spontaneous excursion!
Yes! That’s exactly what it was!
I love seeing your pics of Cali! I was at the goldengate bridge and alcatraz this summer, I loved it! I am glad that you had a great time 🙂
Oh it was quite fun! So glad you got to experience all of that 🙂
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