San Francisco

Wandering Around the Piers

Recently I went wandering around down by the piers and snapped some pics of the city. Enjoy!

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16th Avenue Tiled Steps

San Francisco is full of random and cool stuff like the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps.  It’s not even located in a touristy area, like you would expect. Just randomly placed between to unasuming residential streets. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

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IMG_3514On the way up, there are lots of pretty flowers.

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My Week (According to Instagram)

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All we could find at the grocery store were gigantic red onions. Like, ridiculously big onions. 

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Grapevines? Who knew?

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A little bit of everything cookies.
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Finally reading a book every one else has already read.
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Wandering around Pacifica Pier.

Strawberry Picking!

IMG_3604A few weekends ago we went strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farm! Nothing screams summer is finally here like fresh, ripe strawberries, and though the day wasn’t quite as blue and sunny as I had hoped it would be, the berry picking was perfect.

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Also, how often do you find a store or company that works off the honor system? Basically, you come in to the little farm stand store with the berries you’ve picked, weigh them and walk over to the little cash drawer and deposit your cash. There’s even a pile of money for you to make your own change. Seriously, that’s just awesome.  And it’s not just strawberries for $2.50/lb (seriously, when was the last time you saw strawberries in the store for that cheap?) but they sell fresh coffee for $1, and shortcake and chocolates, and jam…sooooo much jam. And, it’s all based off the simple idea that as a basic honest human being you’ll pay for what you take. I loved it.IMG_3603

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Sweeny Ridge

Now that we’ve reached that brief period of time here in San Francisco where the weather is both clear, and relatively warm, Tim and I have been spending much less time hitting the treadmill, and much more time hiking the hills. Sweeny Ridge to be exact.  And actually, I’m kind of torn on this one, because the Oregonian in me has a hard time actually calling this hiking.  I mean, it’s paved, and I don’t actually have to wear my hiking boots, and I probably won’t see any deer along the way (though last time we did spot a wild bunny).  So is it really hiking? Or, should we just start calling it what it really is…walking up and down a big hill.  But on the other hand, this is likely as close to actual hiking as we will probably get for not traveling far outside of SF.  Either way it’s a pretty hike/walk, and is far more interesting than watching your reflection work out on the treadmill in front of those horrible floor to ceiling mirriors all gyms seem to be equipped with. But  I digress…

I really like Sweeny Ridge. It’s not exactly a long trip, just 1.7 miles up and back down, so we’re only talking 3.5 miles or so. But I get a pretty good work out of it. Especially since there is about a quarter mile stretch up the hill at one point which totally kicks my ass.  Pardon the languange here, but I call it Son of a Bitch Hill. I hate Son of a Bitch Hill, and I think this brief little stretch of seemingly neverending exertion qualifies the entire Sweeny Ridge hike as a legit workout. But I guess getting to look at all the pretty things along the way is what keeps me going back.

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California Academy of Science

Science museums, zoos, aquariums…Tim and I love them all.   A few weeks ago we made a day out of wandering through the California Academy of Science. I wanted to see the earthquake exhibit (and sit through the earthquake simulator), Tim wanted to see the planetarium show, and gaze longingly at colorful fish (he wants an aquarium).  And, even though this interactive museum has far more to offer than sea life, reptiles and butterflies, you’d never know it based on the photos I took.

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