P and I finally made it into SF again after months of saying “we should go into the city” and then never making it in. Something always seemed to come up. A family event, a work thing, or another adventure.
We started the day with one of my best friends from high school and her boyfriend and played tourist around the Golden Gate Park (which is HUGE by the way). First stop was the Conservatory of Flowers. The gorgeous Victorian era building was constructed back in the late 1800’s and is the oldest existing public conservatory in the Western Hemisphere, a true historic landmark. Colorful poppies lined the front entrance and locals were sunbathing with a good book and a picnic on the many grassy sections of the front garden.
The conservatory was like wandering through the Jane Goodall’s tropical jungle retreat, surrounded by so many species of plants and flowers with funny latin names. The humid temperatures and the amazing leafy organic smells brought me back to my vacation days in Hawaii. It was such a beautiful little spot to explore!
After our visit to the conservatory, we strolled around Golden Gate Park, picking up ice cream along the way and stopping by to say “hello” to the bison at the Bison Paddock.
Then we met up with another high school friend to continue our exploration of the city. We walked along Lover’s Lane in the Presidio, passing by a family who was taking their annual family portraits and couples posing for their engagement photos. It was a pretty stroll under the shade of the cypress trees.
With sunset approaching, we headed up to Twin Peaks for a view of the city. It was freezing and the terrain up the hill was scuffing up my leather oxfords but the view from the top was spectacular! Full 360 view of SF. What’s not to love?!
We really need to start making exploring SF a priority because there’s just so much to do, see and eat! See ya in a few, SF! We’ll be back soon!