The last weekend in May is Carnaval, and Memorial Day weekend. The baseball was on, and there were also boating races on the bay. With a public holiday and a clear blue sky, it made for a great weekend to be out and about in San Francisco. That was also the decision of half of San Francisco and a sizeable part of the American population.
Mr BG and I spent Saturday afternoon after rehearsal walking around the Mission and had our first tacos. Muy delicioso! We walked back to our apartment through the Mission back to Castro and stopped by Dolores Mission Park.
The park was packed and it really reminded me of the way Londoners treat parks as an outdoor extension of their living space.
The next day we were off to see some more greenery at Muir Woods. Muir Woods is across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County and is part of the National Park Service which contains California Redwoods, amongst the tallest trees in the world.
We were taking a tour which involved a bus trip over the Golden Gate Bridge, scenic stops and some time exploring Muir Woods.
There was a slight problem, as there was a large number of people who had the same idea. Traffic was a bitch. We waited for the bus to take us to arrive at the designated pickup point, then when it did arrive we crawled across the bridge, up windy roads and into the car park. It took 2 hours to get across the bridge to Muir Woods.
The time was not wasted though. Jan our tour host, kept us entertained with snippets of San Francisco’s history as we drove through the traffic. She also told us the best places to catch the cable car, the history of the different neighborhoods we drove through, and a history of how Muir Woods came to be.
Muir Woods was busy. People from everywhere was there, families pushing prams, sullen teenagers wanting to go to the mall, and hippies standing in front of the trees to get vibes. Not only was it a tiny natural microcosm of what had existed before development, the visitors were a microcosm of America. It was fascinating :-).
Due to time restrictions (we could only spend 50 minutes) we walked quickly around the loop, marvelling at the majesty of the trees.
Back on the bus, we headed to Sausalito, where our ferry awaited us. Sausalito was also crammed with holiday makers and we were lucky to get onto the ferry.
Muir Woods is best visited on a week day especially if you are wanting fewer people around. There is an accessible walking track, with additional trails for the more adventurous.