Remember, a couple of weeks ago, when I went to Fisherman’s Wharf and I couldn’t see the bridge because it was too foggy? Well, I can now confirm that there is indeed a beautiful orange bridge that spans the bay in San Francisco. Behold, the Golden Gate Bridge!
This beautiful beach/bridge view can be found at a park called Crissy Field. You can see Alcatraz too. The famous landmarks, and the smell of the ocean, and the sound of foghorns made me feel like I was in a postcard.
You should visit Crissy Field the same day that you visit the Palace of Fine Arts. When you’re finished at the palace, walk north on Baker St until it turns into sand. This is Crissy Field.
It was originally an air field, part of the Presidio Air Force Base. But in 1974, the base closed, and the air field became a national park. In the 1990’s, there was a big push to recreate the natural habitat and turn the park into a Wildlife Conservancy….which it still is today. So it’s not all commercialized like Fisherman’s Wharf. There are lots of trees and birds that make it seem secluded from busy city life.
On this day, there were people picnicking, running, biking, kayaking, and flying kites. It seems like it’s the perfect spot for some good, old-fashioned, family fun! If you go on a pretty day (highly recommended), you should get a sandwich and a drink at the Beach Hut Cafe, and just sit and enjoy for a while (the sandwiches are expensive, but remember that you’re paying for the atmosphere).
OR… you could walk down to the Warming Hut and go on the Mystery Trail Challenge. I didn’t do the challenge, but I picked up a pamphlet that made it sound fun! You get “a booklet that directs you down the Mystery Trail to nine secret plaques along the one-mile waterfront trail. A prize awaits you if you find them all!” (This challenge is free. For groups of 20 or more, please call 415-561-3040)
OK. So what are you waiting for? Your San Francisco postcard scene awaits!