Ready for a return to
Here are a few more highlights:
Mission Dolores is the oldest building in
It was the sixth mission established by Father Junipero Serra (in late 1776)
and the building was completed in 1791. The Mission
was built with adobe walls four feet thick, and original redwood logs lashed
together with rawhide strips still support the roof. The Mission
survived the 1906 earthquake, but the parish church next door did not. The
current basilica dates from 1918. A small museum, cemetery and gift shop
complete the Mission Dolores complex.
|The original Mission|
Sunday we woke to fog, cold temperatures and wind—and wouldn’t you know, that was the day we planned to go to Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Promenade, all on the water. It was chilly, but we equipped ourselves with jackets and scarves—and this outing turned into one of our favorites. Crissy Field is restored coastal habitat, with tidal marshes, dunes and historic military structures (
After lunch, we drove to
On our last day, Susan, a college friend of mine, made her way into the city to meet up with us. She gamely tagged along as we crisscrossed the city trying to see things we’d missed, and returning to the
One of our destinations was the Hyde Street Pier, part of the
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Built for automobile ferries
between San Francisco and Sausalito,
the pier now houses a number of historical vessels, including the ferry , the
square-rigger Balclutha, the
steam-powered tugboat Hercules, and a
number of smaller craft. Eureka
A quick stop for Irish coffee at “the” place to get it, the
Vista, and we were off for the again
to try to get some shots of the bridge without all the fog of the previous day.
This time, nature cooperated. Golden
We ended the day with dinner at the Cliff House. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy to see the sunset, but apparently this is a great place to do so.
|View from Cliff House|
I’ve left out descriptions of some of the places we visited, such as Japantown and the “Painted Ladies” (Victorian houses) near
Square. Even though we packed our days full of
sight seeing, we still missed so many places of interest: the Conservancy of
Flowers and other attractions at Golden Gate Park, several fine museums, the
Yerba Buena Gardens, Alcatraz and the whole of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood,
to name only a few. We didn’t even ride a cable car—though we did ride
everything else! And we didn’t get out of the city to explore at all. I feel
like I’ve just had a taste of what San Francisco
has to offer.
Guess we’ll just have to go back.