May 21, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
. The street signs are roughly 20 feet higher than normal because people try and steal them all the time. After looking around for a while, we drove to Union Square and ate dinner. On our way to Union Square, we stopped by the remains of the Fleishhacker swimming pool. It was the largest in the world at the time it was built, but now it's a parking lot for the San Francisco Zoo. At Union Square, we walked in a couple of stores, but we didn't realize that everything closed at 8 pm. So we ended going to Twin Peaks to see the city at night. To get to Twin Peaks, we had to drive through the Castro. It's the gay side of town and by the names of the stores, rainbow flags flying, and scenery it's obvious. After the Twin Peaks, we drove back to the hotel to rest for the rest of the night.
This morning we woke up, ate breakfast, and headed out to see the painted ladies. My ignorance thought they were statues, but they are a row of houses. The houses are Victorian style and each painted a different color. Then, we drove to Golden Gate Park. The park is about a half a mile wide and miles long. The park is on the same scale as Central Park in New York. In the park, we walked by multiple courts, fields, and the Conservatory of Flowers. Also in the park was the California Academy of Science. We spent a total of 4-5 hours inside visiting the earthquake simulator, the rainforest, the aquarium, and other attractions. I was the most impressive science museum that I have ever seen. They also had a living roof, where the plants would keep the building cool and the solar panels would collect sunlight to be converted to electrical energy. We also watched an IMAX about earthquakes. After the museum, we walked across town to the intersection of Haight and Ashbury, the place where the hippie movement started