One of my favorite things about San Francisco is the amount of time people can spend in parks, even in the middle of winter. Having been raised in Chicago, I tend to hibernate during the harsh winter months, so it was refreshing to be able to throw on a sweater and walk around, sit in their many, many parks and soak in the city (and eat ice cream). I snapped some photos of these Golden Gate chocolates and of Kathy, my wonderful hostess :) (but really, the picture below on the right is of that gorgeous tree behind her.)
Another thing I wanted to do this time because I didn’t get to last time was ride a cable car. While I can’t say the ride was especially exciting, what I really enjoyed was imagining the people that took this exact route before me since 1873 (!!!) That, to me, was a very cool moment, to think about how 140 years ago, there were individuals who were riding the same routes as I am. It’s completely bizarre to thing about how many different people rode these routes since then and the millions of different reasons they did so.
Above, I have two views from the route, as well as my main visual throughout the ride below (middle photograph). I could not help but notice that the man standing directly in front of me took an overwhelming amount of selfie shots. Little did he know, he also starred in my numerous photographs as I couldn’t figure out a way to take avoid getting him in there without accidentally pushing him off! The… conductor (?) (in the first photo below) also talked to a couple by him about how the cable car works and me, being the nosy individual that I am, of course listened in :)
And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to San Francisco if you didn’t have to wait in line to get into a restaurant, only then to wait in line inside to order your food. San Francisco takes its food SERIOUSLY and I cannot say they are in the wrong. Although I do not, as a general rule, enjoy lines, the weather and people watching actually made it all quite pleasant :) My reward for the long wait was an overwhelming amount of food and a stomach ache for the rest of the day. Worth it. I’m also including some of the other aesthetically pleasing foods I came across :)