Heather got to run in the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon and because we happened to have enough air miles to buy 2 tickets I decided to tag along for a long weekend trip.
We landed in SFO around lunchtime on Saturday and made our way to the AirB&B spot we booked near Golden Gate Park. We figured out the BART subway system and then had to make change to pay for a bus ride to get where we were going.
We were staying in the basement apartment of a cute pink house. After a quick tour of our weekend home we got another bus ride downtown for the race package pickup.
Holy Crap, this was the most elaborate, commercialized package pickup I have ever experienced! The product demos, displays and free samples were presented with a level of polish that makes every other event look like an elementary school bake sale. It was a bit overwhelming and the huge lineups made us quickly skip through.
On Sunday Heather got up early to head back downtown for the race. Ada and I slept in. When we got up we walked up to Golden Gate Park to watch the runners and look around. We found an incredible children’s play area:
After that caught up with Heather, grabbed a quick at Boudin for their sourdough soup and sandwiches.
Everyone suggested we should do the Alcatraz tour and for a $30 ticket it was a good value. But now that I’ve done it, I think a trip to the Redwood Forest would have been more our style.
On Monday we decided to walk to Presidio park where the bridge is. What we didn’t realize was just how massive the park was and how long it would take to walk through. About half way through the park we got ambushed by fog and rain. Typical.
After a lunch on Fishermans Warf we headed back to our apartment and went for a stroll through Golden Gate Park again.
Tuesday came far too quickly and we had to head back to the airport.