I decided to make a list of all of the things that I had not yet done in the city that I thought I might find interesting. As of today I have only four days to go, I can’t believe how quickly the summer disappeared! I realized after writing up this list that the majority of the things I had left until the end were things that cost money! I spent my time doing every single free thing San Francisco has to offer and was not in the least disappointed. Last Thursday I decided to do a whole bunch of the touristy things that I hadn’t yet tackled all in one day. I started off by taking myself out to lunch at Outer Lands, not exactly a touristy thing to do, truthfully I would consider Outer Lands more of a locals outing, regardless I was seriously interested in their grilled cheese sandwich. You may remember Outer Lands has an insanely long wait time for Sunday brunch, thankfully a weekday lunch did not require a 2 hour wait but I did plan ahead and brought my book along. I headed over to Trouble Coffee Co. after adding my name to the Outer Lands list, I had originally given the place two giant thumbs down for the horrendous customer service and I was definitely a little nervous walking back in there. Thankfully I knew what I wanted this time, The Girlfriend, an earl grey tea latte sweetened with lavender honey. I got in and out quickly and enjoyed my tea while sitting out in the sun a ways away from the ominous cafe. I then enjoyed a grilled cheese of epic proportions and some spicy parsnip soup, rounding out a pretty marvelous lunch.
I then hopped on the bus and enjoyed a ride through the Presidio over to Laguna and Chestnut where I disembarked and made by way towards Lombard Street. The street was made famous in many video games, movies, TV shows & comedy skits. It is so steep that there are stairs up one side for pedestrian access, it boasts 8 incredibly tight hairpin turns in quick succession. I took my first cable car ride up two blocks to get to Lombard. San Francisco is home of the world’s last manually operated cable car system. For those of you who aren’t aware, cable cars are operated by what is known as a gripman which is basically a guy pulling on a giant metal lever in order to drive that car, in my case, up an extremely steep hill. It was a little scary but pretty darn cool.
The cable car I rode
Lombard from the top
There is a line up of cars waiting to drive through the hairpins
A really beautiful house
Lombard Street from the bottom
I then made my way over to Coit Tower to get a 360 degree aerial view of San Francisco
The entrance to Coit Tower which is already quite a ways up Telegraph Hill
I then made my way down the hill via the Greenwich Street stairs
This is only about 1/3 of the way down
I literally made my way across the entire peninsula, from the ocean to the bay, this day and it was brilliant! After making it down all the steps, I ran into a very sweet economics student from Mexico who was in town visiting his cousin and we spent some time chatting while I helped him figure out how to get to City Hall. This was truly one of my favorite days on my own exploring the city!